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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Barbara Klein.

The government reports the nation's gross domestic product fell 1% in the first quarter, a far slower contraction than the previous quarter when GDP shrank 6.4%. President Obama called it progress resulting from his administration's actions.

"The progress is directly attributable to the recovery act. This and other difficult but important steps that we've taken over the last six months have helped us put the brakes on the recession."

Mr. Obama also said today's report shows the recession was far deeper when he took office than analysts had thought.

Within hours having learning the government's new cash for Clunkers Program was running out of money, the House today voted to rush an additional $2 billion into the program. It provides rebates to trade in gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Michael // with station KUAR has reaction from one dealership in Little Rock, Arkansas.

// Toyota in Little Rock, customers slided down // have been taking advantage of the program. He traded in a 14-year-old GM CU count for a new Toyota sedan. "I figured if the government // out pay that kind of money and I'll go ahead take the advantage of it." While the program has boosted its sales, // who owns nearly 2,000 dealerships, believes it's partly conceived. "It's chaotic would the government and it's a good program for the customers, but we // to receive payment from the government on any album. I don't think they thought through it very well." He believes the government underestimated customer demand. For NPR News, I'm Michael // in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In Baghdad today, at least 28 were killed in bombing attacks in Shiite mosques as worshippers left Friday prayers. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports.

Worshippers at six different Shiite mosques across Baghdad fell victims to car bombs today, shattering appear relatively calm. Violence is greatly reduced in the past year, but the bomb services a stark reminder that sectarian tensions remain just beneath the surface. Despite the continuing attacks, its ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds there have concerned American officials. The leader of the semi-autonomous Kurdish stand region Massoud Barzani will be meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki over the weekend. It will be the first time the two men have spoken in a year. Quil Lawrence, NPR News, Baghdad.

Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino has died. She was 76. Aquino was credited with the 1986 so-called people's revolution were placing a 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos with democracy. The first female President of the Philippines, Aquino managed to sustain office through seven coup attempts. She had battled colon cancer.

On Wall Street today, the Dow closed up 17 points at 9,171.

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The government coupons that help TV viewers buy converter boxes say their old sets can receive the new digital signals stations are now broadcasting comes to an end at midnight tonight. We have more from NPR's Neda Ulaby.

Most Americans have come to rely on their televisions. In fact, the average American adults lodge up to five hours at television a day according to a recent Nelson study. The people without satellite, cable or digital turners in their televisions were left with blank screen on June 12. That's when the nation's broadcasters went from analogue to digital signals.  The Federal Communications Commission got nearly a million calls of complaint right up to the switch. Since last year, the federal government has offered coupons to people who need digital to analogue converter boxes for their older TVs. Nearly 40 million viewers have snapped the coupons up. But the program ends at midnight tonight. Consumers have a tiny bit of time left to order the coupons online, by fax or a letter. It is post marked with today's date. Neda Ulaby, NPR News.

The House representatives have approved a bill end a restricting and excess corporate bonuses on companies with at least a billion dollars in assets. It will give shareholders an annual non-binding vote on the companies' pay practices and it would allow the government to bar a pay incentives considered risky to the company or the economy. The Senate is due to consider the bill in the fall.

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. The ranking Democrat says he'll undergo a surgery in August and then return to the Senate to continue his key role in health care overhaul legislation.

I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.
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