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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Korva Coleman.

The president and CEO of auto maker Toyota has apologized for safety problems on his company's vehicles. I'm deeply sorry for any accident that Toyota drivers have experienced. ? Toyota says the company's priority has became confused in that safety was not Toyota's leading goal. For the past few years being expanding its business rapidly. Quite frankly I fear the pace of which we have gone may have been too quick. Toyota is recalling well over 8 million vehicles for breaking sudden acceleration problems as well as troubles with gas pedals.

Federal prosecutor has charged former New Orlean's police lieutenant with covering a possible police misconduct. The case involves the shootings of civilians on a bridge in the chaotic days after ?. NPR's John ? reports.

Federal charges on field on Wednesday accuse former lieutenant Michael ? of ? justice when he and other unnamed individuals fired four statements on a police report. The incident involved a shooting on the ? bridge in eastern New Orleans on September 4th 2005. Two people were killed, including a 40-year-old mentally disabled man shot in the back. And four others were injured. The police and the civilians each claimed the others open fire on provoked. The federal charge state that ? went to the scene of the shooting after the gun fire, saw the civilians had no weapons and then provided false and misleading information to ensure the police shootings would be justified and the officers would not be prosecuted. Seven police officers have been charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings. ? NPR News.

For the first time a top Russia official is suggesting that Russia may delay selling a weapon system to Iran for fear of destabilizing the mideast. We have more from NPR's David Green in Moscow.

Russia signed a contract more than 2 years ago to supply Iran with so-called S300 defense missiles. The US and Israel have been angry about the sale as the missiles in theory could help Iran ward off a preemptive attack on its nuclear sites. Russia has insisted it will honor the contract and delivery the weapons and there was just delay to do the last technical problems. But now Russian foreign minister ? is sending a different message. He was asked specifically about the weapon sale at a press conference. And ? responded saying Russia won't take any action leading to the destabilization of a region. Meanwhile the US has also been hoping to get Russia's support for tough new sanctions against Iran. For now the foreign ministry said Russia won't support any move that will isolate Iran politically or economically. David Green, NPR News, Moscow.

A Colorado man suspected of shooting two middle school students yesterday will have to pay 1 million dollars in bail if he wants to live in jail. ? was accused of shooting the children in a school parking line.   

On Wall Street the Dow was up 67 points.

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Nigeria's vice-president is continuing to run the affairs of state despite the overnight return of the illing president after a long absence. NPR's ? reports.

A statement from the president gave the first official confirmation that Nigeria's president ? was back. The announcement said his health was greatly improved but he will continue to recuperate after three months in hospital in ?. Meanwhile the vice-president Goodluck Jonathon is depress on as acting president. The decision has averted the kind of feverish political tension in speculation during the prolonged absence of the president which plunge Nigeria into a constitutional crisis. However, questions remain about the long term health of the ? and whether he will have the strength to resume the ? duties of president. The issue has divided Nigeria's political elite and the people of Africa's most populous nation. I'm ? NPR News, ?.

Vice president Dick ? is back home a few days after suffering a heart attack. He was hospitalized Monday after complaining a chest pain. Doctors later determined the heart attack was mild. ? has experienced heart trouble for much of his life including several ? heart attacks and procedures to help keep in healthy.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve says it will be a while before interest rates go up again. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is telling house panel low rates in necessary to help the US economy recover from the devastating recession. In testimony today Bernanke say the number of people who don't have jobs or are losing homes will take some time to return to normal. The Fed said the interests rates is in effect other ways such as for mortgages and for ?.

I'm Korva Coleman, NPR News, in Washington.      

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