5:57pm

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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5:52pm

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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5:39pm

Fri March 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Santorum, Romney Vie For 'Center Of The Political Universe': Ohio

Rick Santorum speaks Friday in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Republicans in 10 states will vote on Super Tuesday next week, and the general election battleground state of Ohio may be the most coveted prize.

NPR's Don Gonyea reports that both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are pushing hard for the state, where 63 delegates are at stake.

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5:38pm

Fri March 2, 2012
U.S.

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 5:46 pm

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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5:25pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Widespread Tornadoes Across Tennessee And Ohio Valleys Leave Three Dead

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

Stanley Nelson looks at what is left of his home after a possible tornado hit the Canebrake subdivision on Friday in Athens, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Yet another line of extreme weather is cutting across a wide swath of the country today. On Wednesday, tornadoes pounded some of the same areas and caused 13 deaths.

The AP reports that 14 people have been killed in southern Indiana. (Keep in mind that in these situations, this number is bound to change.)

RTV 6 in Indianapolis reports that authorities are still trying to get a handle on the damage.

The local station reports:

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5:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Mine Safety Officials Ditched Safety Citation Fearing Congressional Scrutiny

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 7:25 pm

NPR has obtained a report from the Inspector General of the Labor Department that describes an incident last year in which the nation's coal mine safety chief and agency lawyers withdrew a legitimate safety citation and order "not based upon the merits" but "to avoid the appearance of retaliation and possible Congressional scrutiny."

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4:47pm

Fri March 2, 2012
World

Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Australia

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 7:09 am

An image released Nov. 14, 2011, by the Australian Federal Police shows cocaine seized during the yacht raid in Bundaberg. Drug smugglers take advantage of Australia's long coastline and many harbors.
Australian Federal Police EPA/Landov

Australia is a huge island, with stretches of lonely, rocky coastline that extend for thousands of miles. What's more, there are lots of harbors and airports.

In short, opportunities are plentiful for an enterprising Mexican drug trafficker to move his product 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to service the vibrant new market Down Under.

One such drug lord is Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. He's a cunning, small-statured, exceedingly dangerous outlaw recently dubbed "the world's most powerful drug trafficker" by the U.S. Treasury Department.

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4:39pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Sports

MLS's New Spring Idea: Beckham Bends It In Tucson

The L.A. Galaxy plays against Real Salt Lake at Kino Stadium in Tuscon, Ariz.
Ted Robbins NPR

For Major League Soccer, spring training has meant playing exhibition games all over the continent. Until now.

MLS now wants to emulate baseball — much to the delight of fans in Tucson, Ariz., a city that Major League Baseball left behind.

The defending MLS champions, the L.A. Galaxy, are in Tucson with teams from New York, New England and Salt Lake. They're playing in a two-week tournament called the Desert Diamond Cup.

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4:36pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Salt

Kids Don't Mind If You Put Veggies In The Cake

Chocolate chip cookies don't seem to be a great vehicle for chickpeas, according to kids.
Robert Linton iStockphoto.com

Will kids eat their veggies if they're inside desserts? Parents and nutritionists have been debating this question for years.

Now, it seems there's an answer: Yes, if it's broccoli in the cake. No, if it's chickpeas in the chocolate-chip cookies.

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4:35pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Tourism Boom Pays Off For N.Y. Hotel Union

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 6:01 pm

New York hotel workers protest at a hearing for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in June 2011. Under a new contract, workers will receive "panic buttons" to use if they fear for their safety. They also won several other significant benefits.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

When the New York Hotel Trades Council ratified a new contract for hotel workers last month, much of the media coverage focused on "panic buttons." Coming after the sexual assault allegations against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the idea of housekeepers wearing a badge that could call for help was all over the news.

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