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Stories for September 15, 2013

White House Takes Stock Of Financial Crisis Five Years Later

Sept. 15
NPR

Five years ago this week, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and America's financial crisis began. On Monday morning, President Obama will mark the anniversary with a speech in the White House Rose Garden. The White House released a new report ahead of the address, assessing how the government's efforts to stabilize the economy turned out.

Calif. School District Monitors Kids' Social Media

Sept. 15
Associated Press
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A Southern California school district is trying to stop cyberbullying and a host of other teenage ills by monitoring the public posts students make on social media outlets in a program that has stirred debate about what privacy rights teenage students have when they fire up their smartphones.

Crews Contain Destructive Wildfire Near Redding

Sept. 15
Associated Press

Fire crews have fully contained a blaze that killed one man and destroyed nearly 70 homes in far northern California.

Police Wound Two Bystanders In Shooting Near Times Square

Sept. 15
NPR

Caught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. The man had "simulated" firing a gun at police; he was not found to have a weapon.

Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Sept. 15
NPR

A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.