Two giant wildfires in eastern Oregon have killed hundreds of cattle and jeopardized ranchers' livelihoods. The fires have burned more than 1,000 square miles of sagebrush and juniper and that leaves ranchers with nowhere to graze the cattle they managed to save.
That's a problem in a town called Burns, as we hear from Amelia Templeton of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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And I'm Audie Cornish. At least three top aides to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed today in a bomb attack on a high-level security meeting in Damascus. Among the dead are Syria's defense minister and deputy defense minister, who was the president's brother-n-law. The rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it placed bombs inside the highly secured meeting space.
Today's violence in Syria has prompted the U.N. Security Council to delay a vote on a new resolution on the crisis. Kofi Annan, the international envoy to Syria, requested the delay so that the deeply divided Security Council would have more time to reach a consensus. NPR's Jackie Northam has that story.
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On Monday, Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its office suite. CEO Steve Ballmer called it the most vibrant, exciting new version of Windows in years. He said it feels to us a lot like 1995, which happens to be when our commentator Andrei Codrescu got a close-up look at the company.