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Updated: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:17:39 EST

INDIA-BUS INFERNO India bus inferno kills 42; many burned alive MEHABUBNAGAR, India (AP) — Officials in southern India say many of the 42 people killed when a bus crashed into a roadside barrier early this morning were burned alive. Only the bus driver and six passengers managed to escape through a window, but many of those inside had been asleep. Officials say the crash happened after the driver tried to pass another vehicle. SOUTH CAROLINA-SIX DEAD 6 people dead in SC in apparent domestic dispute GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Police in Greenwood County, S.C. are still trying to determine how six people were killed in a home, but they say the deaths are related to "a domestic-related incident." SWAT teams went into the home and found the bodies of four adults and two children. Authorities believe one of the victims had called 911 saying he was thinking about hurting himself. HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS Selling health care reform BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is citing the slow start of the Massachusetts health care system to keep expectations low for early sign-ups for his own overhaul. And he's pointing to the bipartisan effort to get the program launched in Massachusetts to encourage his opponents to stop rooting for his law's failure. The president was speaking about the law Wednesday at Boston's historic Faneuil (FAN'-yul) Hall, where Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney was joined by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy to sign the state's 2006 health care overhaul bill. The White House said Obama would point to Massachusetts' sluggish start while visiting Boston. Only 123 paying consumers signed up the first month of the Massachusetts law, with 36,000 enrolling by the time penalties for failing to have insurance kicked in. HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS UPDATE: Sebelius heads to Hill to defend health law, job WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to cast blame, lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama's top health official today over problems with the rollout of the government's health care website. A growing number of Republicans in Congress are calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) to step down or be fired because of problems consumers are having signing up for insurance coverage on the government's new website. Sebelius' testimony before a House committee today will be her first appearance before Congress since state-based health exchanges opened for business on Oct. 1. NSA SURVEILLANCE UPDATE: Intel chief: Spying on allies is two-way street WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence chief says that nations do indeed spy on each other's leaders and calls it a longtime practice in the intelligence world. National Intelligence Director James Clapper spoke Tuesday to congressional lawmakers weighing how to reform surveillance programs that have fueled bitter criticism at home and abroad. Clapper played down European allies' complaints about the U.S. spying on their leaders. U.S. officials are nearly unanimous in saying they're ready to see if the scope of U.S. spying remains necessary a dozen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, told the House Intelligence Committee that a surveillance sweep on phone records overseas that has prompted an anti-American backlash was carried out by European governments, not the U.S. BUDGET BATTLE Lawmakers meeting in hopes of limited budget deal WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators are meeting on Capitol Hill today to discuss ways to ease automatic spending cuts that'll also slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies. Democrats want to ease cuts to domestic programs like Head Start preschools, education grants to local schools and infrastructure projects. Republicans are especially worried about cuts to the Pentagon. SOCIAL SECURITY-COLA UPDATE: Social Security set to announce benefit increase WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 58 million Social Security recipients find out today how much their monthly payments will go up next year. Preliminary figures suggest the cost of living adjustment will go up about 1.5 percent, which would make it among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. IRAQ NEW: Double suicide attack in central Iraq kills 12 BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a twin suicide attack targeting soldiers and anti-al-Qaida militiamen in central Iraq has killed 12 people. A police officer says the first attacker detonated his explosives-laden belt late Tuesday among a group of soldiers and Sahwa militiamen gathered in the orchard of a local militia leader in the town of Tarmiyah. A second suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the compound as people tried to flee from the first explosion. The officer says nine troops, including a brigade commander, and three militiamen were killed, and 23 were wounded. Tarmiyah, a former insurgent stronghold, is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad. A medical official confirmed the causality figures. Both spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media. EGYPT UPDATE: Egypt arrests deputy leader of Brotherhood's party CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says a key figure in the Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested after months on the run. The ministry says Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood's political arm, was captured early Wednesday in an eastern Cairo suburb. He was one of a few senior Islamist figures still on the run since Egypt's military-backed authorities have cracked down on the group. ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners have been released in Israel. The release early Wednesday is part of a deal born by the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Celebrations erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where the 26 are considered freedom fighters. But there is anger in Israel because the former prisoners are considered by some as terrorists. WAX MUSEUM-MARILYN MONROE NEW: Marilyn Monroe to join Madame Tussauds collection WASHINGTON (AP) — Marilyn Monroe has a unique place in history and now will be remembered in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in Washington. The museum is unveiling its newest wax figure today. It will be displayed initially at Washington's O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street. An exhibit about the late Hollywood star will also include a pin-up calendar and photographs, as well as a shampoo advertisement and lunchbox featuring Monroe. Monroe died 51 years ago but remains a pop culture phenomenon. She was well known for films that included "Some Light it Hot," ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "How to Marry a Millionaire." But for younger generations, Monroe remains an icon of style. In Washington, a mural serves as a tribute to Monroe in the Woodley Park neighborhood.

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