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8:50 am
Thu April 18, 2013

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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8:41 am
Thu April 18, 2013

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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U.S.
7:27 am
Thu April 18, 2013

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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U.S.
7:20 am
Thu April 18, 2013

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.

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6:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Ex-Pakistani Strongman Musharraf Flees Courtroom

Musharraf's bulletproof SUV leaves the courtroom Thursday immediately after bail was revoked.
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Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:43 am

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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