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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq , he praised U.S. troops there for bringing about what he described as a remarkable change that Al-Qaeda has been ousted and viloence of all kinds has been dramatically reduced. But Gates endorsed the idea of pausing the draw down of U.S. forces in Iraq this summer to assess the effect on Iraqi security. "I think the notion of a brief period of consolidation evaluation probably does make sense". He spoke to reporters after meeting with General David Pertraeus , the top U.S. commander in Iraq who has indicated he'd like the period of evalution after initial pull out is completed in July. Gates arrived in Iraq yesterday the day when more than 50 people were killed. The violence continued today , two car bombs exploded in Baghdad at least 5 people were killed.

The president of East Timor José Ramos Horta was critically wounded during an assassination attempt just before dawn. In the capital city of Dili, Chard Bushard reports from Jakarta in neighboring Indonesia.

The Nobel Laureate was shot in the stomach during a gun battle after two cars pulled up to his home and opened fire. Ramos Horta was stabilized at a military hospital in Dili, and then airlifted to Australia under intensive care with two bullet wounds. Among the shooters was rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, who was killed during the attack. Reinado deserted the army in 2006 and led revolt with hundreds of troops who were sacked by the government. He has been in hiding since escaping from a Dili prison in August that year. The rebel group also targeted the home of East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, Ramos Horta and Gusmao palyed key roles in the East Timor's fight for independence from Indonesia which ruled .. fist from 1975 to 2002. For NPR News , I'm Chard Bushard in Jakarta.

It looks increasing likely the three-months-old writers strike will be settled soon. Union leaders have approved a tentative new contract with Hollywood Studio. NPR's Sky Road reports.

Payment for what distributed online and other new media had been a sticking point in negotiations between the WGA(Writers' Guild of America 美国作家协会) and studio heads. The proposed three year deal sets writers' compensation rates for streaming ad-supported programs, any increase of residual payments they received for downloaded TV programs and movies. The Guild's 10,000 plus members will brief on the plan by union leaders on Saturday night. The vote Tuesday on wheather or not to end strike before they vote on the new contract. Union leaders say there won't be any more ticketing outside studio. And if writers vote to end the strike , they could be back at work as earliier as Wednesday. Sky Road NPR News.

Senator Barack Obama won the democratic caucuses in Maine yesterday after sweeping three states Saturday , Nebraska, Washington State and Louisiana. Senator Hillary Clinton made a personnel change yesterday replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with Long time aide Maggie Wiiliams. Primaries will be held for both parties tomorrow in Maryland, Virginia and Washington. This is NPR News.

The search will resume today in Port Wentworth Georgia for two workers missing since explosion at a sugar finery last week. Another body was recovered yesterday bring in to six , the number of confirmed dead. Dozens of workers were injured in explosion Thursday night . possibly caused when combustible(Capable of igniting and burning.
可燃的能够点火及燃烧) sugar dust ignited.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock surprised the field at the fiftith annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He won Album of the year for a river ,the Joni letters and Album of songs by Joni Mitchell. Joe Ross reports.

Herbie Hancock was considered a long shot to win Album of the year . and the award was supposed to go to British singer Amy Winehouse for rapper Kanye West. and he took the podium Hancock observed that it has been more than 40 years since Jazz record had won the Award. "I'd like to ,to thanks this, to thank this Academy for ,courageously breaking the mode this time, "and in doing so, honor, the giants upon whose shoulders I stand" .

One of thise giants is Joni Mitchell. The Album reimagines Mitchell's songs using its instrumentals and guest vocal list including wLeonard Cohen, Norah Jones, and Corinne Bailey Rae. for NPR News , I'm Joe Ross.

Angel Roy Scheider died yesterday in Little Rock, Arkansas Arkensas , a hospital spokesman said he died of a complications from a cancer of blood cell. He may be best known for playing the police chief of a seaside resort who hunts for a maneating sharky in Jaws . Roy Scheider was 75, I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.
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