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American Troops Killed At Afghan Airport; More Midwest Storms

Apr 27, 2011

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Update at 11:28 a.m. ET: A Pentagon official with knowledge of the matter says all nine of the victims are Americans.

Update at 7:45 a.m. ET: There are nine people dead in the Kabul shooting attack: AP says eight are NATO personnel and the ninth is a contractor.

Our original post: NATO says six coalition troops are dead in a 'shooting incident'. The Los Angeles Times says a veteran Afghan army pilot got into a disagreement with a foreign colleague and then opened fire. The victims haven't been identified.

The National Weather Service has issued a rare Major Severe Weather Outbreak for parts of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. The NWS warns of violent tornadoes. Yesterday, 11 people died in violent weather Arkansas.

The Guardian is liveblogging 'several ominous developments' in Syria. Tanks are reportedly advancing in Damascus, while SkyNews cites a Syrian human rights group saying 453 people have died in Syria's recent crackdown. On Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Syria scholar Joshua Landis about Syrian President Bashir al-Assad's grip on power.

For the first time ever, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a news conference. As Jacob writes on NPR's Planet Money blog, it matters because the nation's central bank is much more closely watched since the 2008 financial crisis and the Chairman's remarks are 'very, very carefully worded'.

And former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is 60 today. (He's the guy with the stars.) He's on tour this summer.

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