Sat March 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Storm Concocts 'Worst Case Scenario' In Indiana

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:58 am

A woman salvages belongings from her Henryville, Ind., home, which was destroyed Friday after a series of tornadoes tore through the south of the state.
Chris Bergin AP

Across the Midwest and South, residents are cleaning up from Friday's outbreak of late winter storms.

A seemingly nonstop barrage of tornadoes roared across rural farmland and cities all day and all night. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia all sustained damage. At least 28 people died, and that number is expected to rise.

Destroyed Homes

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Sat March 3, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Being Flynn,' Barry Blitt

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Sat March 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:59 am

Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes cause major damage Friday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.

At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)

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Sat March 3, 2012

Beyond Electoral Fraud: Russians Protest Corruption

Members of Russia's opposition protest in Saint Petersburg on Feb. 26 against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's expected return to the Kremlin.
Olga Maltseva AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is headed for victory in Sunday's presidential election in Russia. The ballot's been set, so he's all but certain to win a majority, without facing an embarrassing run-off against one of his much weaker rivals.

Putin's also certain to face growing anger from an educated, urban middle class that's been demonstrating on the streets of Moscow.

They first came out to protest apparent vote rigging, in December's parliamentary election. But many see electoral fraud as part of the wider problem of corruption and abuse of power in Putin's Russia.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Beshear Declares Statewide Emergency; Damage Reported in West Liberty

Kentucky State police in Morehead on Friday said they had received reports of tornado damage in West Liberty. The National Weather Service in Jackson said it had received unconfirmed reports of major damage and possibility fatalities there.State police in Morehead said they had received reports of a tornado causing damage in West Liberty. The Morgan County town, about 80 miles east of Lexington, was severely damaged by a storm on Wednesday. The most serious damage occurred at the Country Carpet outlet, which lost its roof. Damage Wednesday mainly was centered in an area along U.S. 460 and Ky. 191 west of town.  To learn the latest on tornado, storm and flood warnings and watches, click here.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Storms And Tornadoes Lash Eastern U.S.



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Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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Fri March 2, 2012
Middle East

U.S. To Israel: Iran Is Feeling Heat From Sanctions

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 8:41 am

The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.

Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.

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Fri March 2, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tornado Takes Down Fire Station, Kills Five in Indiana

An apparent tornado demolished a volunteer fire department station in the Trimble County community of Milton on Friday afternoon. Further north in Henryville, Indiana, in northern Clark County, there is widespread damage. Henryville High School, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville, is basically gone. The station reports five fatalities so far in Indiana. Baseball-sized hail was reported in Henryville. Back in Kentucky, Greensburg and Campbellsville are in the path of an approaching thunderstorm. WAVE-TV is reporting that drier air is now moving into Kentucky and areas north of the Western Kentucky and Blue Grass parkways are probably in the clear from receiving further severe weather today. But areas in southeast Kentucky are still in a potentially dangerous areas of the state. Storms are now approaching Barren County, according to WAVE-TV.

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