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Power to more than half a million of its customers with the vast majority of New Orleans expected to have power back tomorrow. Stephen Bashar ha from member station, WGBH reports hundreds of thousands along the Gulf Coast. Though good without power for much of the month. Most people in New Orleans have their lights back on. But some neighborhoods like Venetian Iowa's will have to wait longer because of how badly they were damaged. Crews are having to use cranes to lift down polls over homes. Along the Gulf Coast damages. Even worse, some people may have to wait until October to get power restored about 30,000 power poles have been knocked out across the state, more than the number damaged by hurricanes. Delta, Zeta and Katrina combined Energy says customers should not expect the price are paying for electricity to go up. But months from now, Louisiana residents could see steeper power bills when regulators factor in the cost of restoring the grid. For NPR News. I'm Stephen Bass. Aha. The Taliban have formed an interim government in Afghanistan. As NPR's Jackie Northam explains. Among the senior leaders are battle hardened fighters who are core members of the organization. Afghanistan's interim government is made up of the Taliban's old guard. The new leader is Mullah Mohammad Hassan, a Kunde. He's considered a hardliner from Kandahar and is headed the Taliban's leadership Council for 20 years. The deputy prime minister is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads up the Taliban's political office and was widely expected to become leader. There was no mention about the group's spiritual leader. Nor was there any indication that the new Afghan government would be inclusive. Involving other political parties and players as the Taliban had hinted, and there was no mention of a woman holding a ministerial role. Jackie Northam NPR NEWS ISLAMABAD Some technical glitches appear to be causing problems. L Salvador says it is the first country to formally adopt crypto currency. Bitcoin is legal tender, where in its first few hours of adoption, even the country's president, admitted problems with the initial rollout. On Wall Street, the Dow was down 269 points. This is NPR support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the Robert Wood.

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