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News Wrap: Muslim Mob Attacks Churches, Court in Indonesia

February 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM EST
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Churches and a court came under attack from a Muslim mob in Indonesia today. It all happened on the island of Java, some 250 miles from the capital, Jakarta.

Hundreds of men, many wearing Muslim prayer caps or scarves, hurled rocks at a court building and pelted riot police. They also attacked three churches, setting some on fire. The mob was demanding harsh punishment for a Christian who’s on trial for blasphemy.

President Obama has revived his call to build a high-speed rail system at a cost of $53 billion over six years. The goal would be developing trains that travel up to 250 miles an hour. The program would also tie existing rail lines to new projects. Vice President Biden announced the effort today in Philadelphia.

U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: If we do not take this step now, if we do not seize the future, you tell me, you tell me how America is going to have the opportunity to lead the world economy in the 21st century like we did in the 20th. We cannot settle. We’re determined to lead again. And this is the beginning of our effort to once again seize the future.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The initial $8 billion in spending is part of the president’s budget for the coming fiscal year. It is being released next Monday.

On Wall Street, trading was relatively light, but stocks still managed another advance. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 71 points to close at 12,233. The Nasdaq rose 13 points to close at 2,797.

A new breast cancer study could trigger a major change in treatment. Researchers found that for those women in early stages of the disease and with only limited spread, there is no benefit to radical surgery to remove many lymph nodes. The surgery has been standard medical practice for decades, but the new findings have already been adopted by several major cancer centers. The study was done for the National Cancer Institute.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.