4:00am

Tue February 21, 2012
Europe

Bailout Reminds Greek Village Of WWII

Nikos Bouras, 37, stands next to a monument for those massacred by the Nazis on June 10, 1944, that stands atop the highest hill in the Greek town of Distomo.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

Europe is still a continent that looks over its shoulder at a long and sometimes dark past. That extends even to the protracted Greek bailout negotiations, where Germany's dominant role has scratched at some historical wounds.

Germany occupied Greece during World War II, committing atrocities that some older Greeks can't forget. This history defines the pretty village of Distomo in central Greece, where Nazi soldiers killed 218 men, women and children in June 1944.

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4:00am

Tue February 21, 2012
Europe

Spain's Jobless Benefits Bogged Down by Fraud

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:49 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Hard as it may be to believe, it is Spain, not Greece that has Europe's highest jobless rate - almost one in four workers are unemployed in Spain. Official statistics are based on the number of people who register for unemployment benefits.

But as Lauren Frayer reports, Spaniards have a secret: many collect a paycheck while they're on the dole.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Spanish language spoken)

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Tue February 21, 2012

4:00am

Tue February 21, 2012
Business

Business News

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3:44am

Tue February 21, 2012
Newt Gingrich

Georgia On His Mind, Gingrich Faces Key Primary

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waves during a campaign stop Friday in Peachtree City, Ga. Doing well in the state's primary is important for Gingrich because he represented a congressional district there for 20 years.
Evan Vucci AP

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is facing his most important challenge yet — winning Georgia on Super Tuesday. Georgia is considered Gingrich's home because he represented parts of the state in Congress for 20 years, but he hasn't lived there for more than a decade.

Over the weekend, Gingrich held several rallies, including one in Peachtree City, south of Atlanta, where he stressed that this area has long supported him.

"It is great to be home," Gingrich told the crowd. "I believe that I carried Fayette County in every single election, including the two that I lost."

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3:00am

Tue February 21, 2012
State Capitol

UPike Gets Its Day in Court (of Public Opinion)

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan to make the University of Pikeville the ninth state university will not be derailed by the hectic session.Stumbo is the main legislative supporter of the measure. And he says despite redistricting, expanded gambling legislation and other barriers or distractions, his bill will continue moving forward. The latest step is a hearing today in the House Education Committee.

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12:01am

Tue February 21, 2012
Asia

Protests, Self-Immolation Signs Of A Desperate Tibet

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 8:44 pm

This photo, provided to freetibet.org, shows a man being forcibly detained by security forces in the town of Serther in Tibet following a clash with protesters and police.
freetibet.org

In a monastery on the Tibetan plateau, monks swathed in crimson robes chant under silk hangings, in a murky hall heavy with the smell of yak butter. Photos of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama — seen by China as a splittist — are openly displayed, as if in defiance. But Chinese security forces have tightened their grasp on this region, and monasteries appear to be emptying out, gripped by an atmosphere of fear and loss.

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12:01am

Tue February 21, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Outspends GOP Field Combined In January

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:15 pm

The financial battle for the Republican nomination is tightening. Candidates spent a lot of cash in January — what with contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Also spending a lot of money, as it turns out, were the richly financed superPACS that support the candidates.

Reports filed at the Federal Election Commission on Monday night show just how important a superPAC can be.

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12:01am

Tue February 21, 2012
Latin America

Prison Break Epitomizes Mexican Drug War Woes

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 8:08 am

A relative of an inmate observes Mexican police behind the security fence after a riot inside Apodaca prison near Monterrey. At least 44 inmates were killed during Sunday's riot, and about 30 alleged members of the drug cartel Los Zetas were rushed out of the prison.
Julio Cesar Aguilar AFP/Getty Images

Officials in Mexico are offering a reward of nearly $1 million for the capture of 30 inmates who broke out of a prison in the northern state of Nuevo Leon on Sunday.

The governor says the inmates staged a riot, during which 44 people died, to create a diversion for their escape.

It was a jail break that epitomized the Mexican drug war: Rival gang members brutally killed each other, corrupt public officials looked the other way, and dangerous criminals went free.

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12:01am

Tue February 21, 2012
State Capitol

Compromise on "Amish Buggies" Near

A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law. The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week. There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.

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