1:39pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Rebuilding Japan

Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:56 pm

Demolished ships lie strewn about near the fishing port of Minamisanriku town, in Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, Feb. 23, 2012. The local fisherman's union says last year's tsunami wiped out 90 percent of local fishing boats.
Yuriko Makao Reuters /Landov

With a fierce yell and a resounding thwack, 13-year-old Japanese student Nanami Usui brings her bamboo sword down on her opponent.

By practicing Kendo, or Japanese swordsmanship, Usui is one of several students in the town of Minamisanriku who are rebuilding their confidence after last year's tsunami washed away their homes and shattered their hometown in the country's northeast.

Usui says she dreams of being a police officer, but she doesn't know yet where she wants to live and work.

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1:36pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Penn State: Paterno Was Fired After 'Failure Of Leadership'

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno stands with his team before they take the field during an NCAA college football game against the University of Wisconsin in State College, Pa., on Oct. 13, 2007.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In a report issued today, the board of directors of Penn State University confirmed what everyone already figured: They fired head coach Joe Paterno over his actions concerning the sexual abuse allegations against his once assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The university said it made its decision based on a grand jury report that said graduate student Mike McQueary had told the coach that he saw Sandusky "in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy."

The board says:

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1:20pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Priest 'Placed On Leave' After Denying Communion To Lesbian

The Gaithersburg, Md., priest who refused to give Communion to a lesbian parishioner during a funeral mass for the woman's mother has been has been placed on leave, according to NBC Channel 4 news.

A letter from an archdiocese official says that Rev. Marcel Guarnizo was placed on leave for engaging in intimidating behavior. The archdiocese had previously apologized for Guarnizo's behavior.

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1:06pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Afghanistan

Afghan Shooting Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 4:09 pm

An Afghan youth mourns for relatives who were killed on Sunday.
Allauddin Khan AP

Many details remain unknown about Sunday's shooting in southern Afghanistan, where a U.S. Army sergeant is suspected of walking through villages near Kandahar and killing 16 Afghan civilians.

But the shooting has raised the specter of reprisals against American troops and also led to questions about how much damage it could cause to the larger American war effort in Afghanistan.

Here's a look at what is, and isn't, known so far.

The Suspect

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12:39pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Before He Became 'Tricky Dick,' Richard Nixon Wrote Love Letters

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 12:45 pm

Richard Nixon is shown as a member of the Whittier College football squad in Whittier, Calif., circa 1930s.
AP

We're all familiar with the gruff Richard Nixon of the Watergate tapes. But the presidential library of the 37th president of the United States has an exhibit that shows a different side of him — the softer, gushy side of him that emerged as he was courting Pat Ryan, the woman who would become his wife.

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12:04pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Planet Money

What's The Opposite Of A Jobless Recovery?

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:00 pm

But for how long?
Danny Johnston AP

In the past decade or so, we've gotten used to jobless recoveries, when the economy grows its way out of a recession without adding many new jobs.

At the moment, we may be living through the opposite of a jobless recovery. In the past few months, job growth has picked up, while economic growth has slowed.

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11:23am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Treatment Of Bradley Manning Was Cruel And Inhuman, Says U.N. Official

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture has reached the conclusion that the United States violated some of the rights of the Army private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been in U.S. custody since May 2010 and as we've reported, Juan Méndez, the U.N.'s top torture official, has already had some tough words for the U.S. leading up to this report.

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10:44am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Salt

Children Face Dangers On Farms, But Not From Farmwork

Most farm injuries come when children are playing or visiting, not working.
iStockPhoto.com

Farms may conjure an image of a pastoral landscape, with children running and frolicking in green pastures. But farms do come with their own dangers. And there's plenty of argument on what should be done to ensure the safety of children who live or work on farms.

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10:36am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Texas Voter ID Law Blocked By Justice Department

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 5:31 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has blocked a new voter ID law from going into effect in Texas. The department says the state failed to show that the law would not deny or limit minorities' right to vote. It's the second state voter ID law the department has blocked.

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9:32am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Aging U.S. Carrier Enterprise Heads For Final Deployment

USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is beginning the last deployment in her storied 50-year career on the frontlines of American sea power.

Known as the "Big E", she was among the vessels dispatched to the waters off Cuba during the October 1962 missile crisis with orders from President Kennedy to enforce an air and sea blockade of the island nation.

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8:27am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Monday Political Grab Bag: Rising Gas Prices Hurt Obama's Ratings Etc

Some voters believe President Obama has the power to lower gas prices and are blaming him for higher costs.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Rising gas prices have many voters looking for someone to blame and President Obama appears to be as good a target as anyone, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests, with the president's approval rating falling from 50 percent last month to 46 percent recently.

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8:26am

Mon March 12, 2012

8:06am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Militia Blamed In Latest Killing

A Syrian woman walks along a street in the town of Rastan outside of Homs on March 11, 2012.
AFP/Getty Images

Syrian activists blamed pro-government militiamen for the latest killing of civilians in the city of Homs. At least a dozen people, including children, were killed, state media confirmed, saying instead that the perpetrators were "armed terrorists."

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 people were killed, but the Local Coordination Committee had a much higher figure – 45, according to The Associated Press.

The AP quoted the LCC and the Observatory as saying:

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7:42am

Mon March 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Heading Into Tuesday's Vote, GOP Candidates Seek Southern Comfort

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 4:02 pm

Rick Santorum greets supporters during a rally at Lookout Steakhouse in Gulfport, Miss., on Sunday.
John Fitzhugh MCT/Landov
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With three wins on Super Tuesday, and a victory in the Kansas caucuses over the weekend, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum is on a high — and campaigning hard in the South.

"This is going to be a very close race here in Mississippi, and I know the same thing is true in Alabama. We've got lots of folks down here working hard," Santorum told a crowd at Weidmann's historic restaurant in Meridian, Miss., on Sunday.

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7:20am

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Shows Drop In U.S. Oil Imports

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 6:53 am

The White House will unveil a report today showing that U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports has dropped by more than two million barrels a day since President Obama took office.

The report shows U.S. imports at 8.4 million barrels a day last year from 11 million barrels a day in 2008. As a percent of all U.S. consumption, foreign imports went from 57 percent down to 45 percent in the same period, the report says.

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