8:50am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Texas Town Staggered By Massive Explosion

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:22 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All this morning, we have been following the aftermath of a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas last night. When volunteer firefighters in the city of West, Texas - that's about 20 miles north of Waco - first arrived to battle a fire at the plant, they encountered a disaster in the making.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're told this fire was burning at the site of a couple of storage tanks, each of which had the capacity to carry 12,000 gallons of ammonia.

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8:41am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea: End U.N. Sanctions, And Talks Can Resume

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 11:33 am

North Korea on Thursday says it is ready to resume talks with the U.S. and South Korea if they end joint military exercises and the United Nations drops sanctions.

The official KCNA news agency carried the statement from North Korea's National Defense Commission calling for a resumption of dialogue.

"The first step will be withdrawing the U.N. Security Council resolutions cooked up on ridiculous grounds," the statement said.

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7:27am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Eyewitnesses To Texas Explosion Describe The Scene

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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7:20am

Thu April 18, 2013
U.S.

Police Say Fires Burning But Under Control After Texas Blast

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:22 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The nation's attention turns this morning to a tiny city in Texas. It's simply called West. It is the site of a fertilizer plant from which a message went out to police radio last night.

UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: There has been an explosion on the fire scene. There are firefighters down at this time. Again, there has been an explosion on the fire scene. There are firefighters down at this time.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:55am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Ex-Pakistani Strongman Musharraf Flees Courtroom

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:43 am

Musharraf's bulletproof SUV leaves the courtroom Thursday immediately after bail was revoked.
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Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf's bodyguards spirited him out of an Islamabad courtroom Thursday to avoid his arrest on treason charges after a judge revoked bail.

Police in the courtroom made no attempt to detain Musharraf, 69, who was whisked away by his security detail to his residence in a suburb of the capital.

The BBC's Orla Guerin described the scene at the courthouse as "a moment of high drama and farce."

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6:31am

Thu April 18, 2013

5:55am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan last month.
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There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

The "4-week moving average" that gauges the trend rose by 2,750, to 361,250.

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5:38am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Ricin Suspect Described As Conspiracist & Elvis Impersonator

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 3:44 pm

A screen image from a video on the YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as "Elvis."
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Paul Kevin Curtis, the 45-year-old Mississippi man arrested Wednesday in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is "better known to some as a celebrity impersonator," The Clarion-Ledger writes.

The Jackson, Miss., newspaper adds:

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5:31am

Thu April 18, 2013
KALW Almanac

Thursday April 18, 2013

  • 108th Day of 2013 / 257 Remaining
  • 64 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:6:28am
  • Sunset:7:48
  • 13 Hours 20 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:12:48pm
  • Moon Set:2:06am
  • Moon’s Phase: First Quarter
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 25 @ 12:59pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This moon’s  name came from the herb moss pi

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4:40am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Marathon Explosions: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:11 am

The FBI released this photograph of a man they are calling a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
FBI

Note: We're following Friday's breaking news — that one suspect is dead and that police are searching for the other — in a new post.

Thursday's post:

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