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On Thursday’s NewsHour…

OIL FLOW CEASES AS BP TESTS CAP | The flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been halted for the time being, as BP performs pressure tests on the new containment cap placed over the leaking oil well. Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post talks to Jim Lehrer about the latest achievement in capping the oil leak.

FINANCIAL REFORM PASSES SENATE | After many partisan battles, reforms, and struggles, the financial reform bill passed the Senate today on near party line votes. Jeffrey Brown talks to Roben Farzad, senior writer for “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine and Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large for Reuters about what the passing of this bill will mean for the future of the economy.

MENTAL HEALTH OF HAITI’S QUAKE SURVIVORS | In the last of a week-long series of stories from Haiti, Ray Suarez reports on the mental health of the country’s population six months after the devastating earthquake.

IRANIAN SCIENTIST RETURNS HOME | Iranian scientist Sharan Amiri returned home to Iran today, after numerous claims that the United States government had abducted him against his will. Jim Lehrer sits down with Greg Miller, National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post, and Arthur Keller, a former case officer in the CIA, to talk about the latest chapter in this spy story.

Thursday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including videos filed by the NewsHour team in Haiti about families preferring to remain outside rather than return to their homes, as well as a story on maternal health in the aftermath of the earthquake. Also, we have a recap of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s press briefing today, amid reports of tensions between congressional Democrats and the White House.

Don’t forget you can keep up with BP’s efforts to cap the broken wellhead in the Gulf on our live video feed.

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