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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 M. 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 Isles will have to wait longer because of how badly they were damaged. Crews are having to used 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 parables 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 Base. Ah ha. 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. El Salvador says it is the first country to formally adopt Cryptocurrency Bitcoin is legal tender 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. Mm. Three of the world's major Christian leaders are calling on their brethren to pray that leaders take courageous steps to combat climate change. They made their declaration at the UN conference in November. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports Pope Francis and the leaders of the Anglican and Orthodox churches made the appeal and the first ever joint statement. The religious leaders are calling on delegates to the U. N climate conference in Scotland, to quote listen to the cry of the earth and make sacrifices to save the planet. Along with Francis Archbishop Justin Welby of the Anglican Community and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the first said the threat is no longer far off the extreme weather and natural disasters of recent months, they say, reveal a fresh to us and with great force and at great human cost. That climate change is not only a future challenge, but an immediate and urgent matter of survival. The Vatican will host a gathering of religious leaders and scientists in October to take a common stand ahead of the U. N conference. Sylvia Poggioli. NPR NEWS Rome Bidding battle for Kansas City Southern shows little signs of abating, The railroad announced that it's in talks with Canadian Pacific About the company's $31 billion bid for the rail line after regulators last week rejected a key part of of rival $33.6 billion offer from Canadian national Kansas City. Southern says its border over the weekend determine the lower bid from CP might be a better deal for the company. Gold Futures fell today. Oil down 94 cents a barrel to settle at 67 64 barrel in New York. I'm Jack Spear. NPR news in Washington. Yeah. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the Robert Wood.

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