The Two-Way
5:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Boston's Back Bay Slowly Recovering After Smoky Fire Causes Chaos

The smoke over Boston from Tuesday's electrical fire.
Bianca Vazquez Toness WBUR
  • WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness
  • NPR's Tovia Smith

Repair crews are working this morning to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses in Boston's Back Bay district, "after two transformers caught fire Tuesday night, knocking out power" and sending think black smoke billowing over the area, our colleagues at WBUR report.

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Africa
5:16 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Congo Warlord Convicted Of Recruiting Child Soldiers

Judges at a war crimes tribunal convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga of snatching children from the street and turning them into killers. A sentencing hearing will now be scheduled. Lubanga faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

National Contraception Policy
5:11 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Weigh In On National Contraception Policy

The Idaho State Capitol Building.
Photo by Mark Kobayashi-Hillary Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho -- Some Idaho lawmakers are weighing in on a national debate over whether religious institutions should be required to provide birth control coverage to employees. Samantha Wright reports.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Gay Marriage Referendum 74 Ballot Language Approved

OLYMPIA -- Same sex marriage supporters in Washington state are chalking up a small victory Tuesday. A Thurston County judge agrees with changes they wanted on a possible voter referendum.

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Death With Dignity
5:06 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Doctor Who Helped Pass Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law Ends Own Life

PORTLAND -- A medical doctor who helped pass Oregon’s assisted suicide law used the state's "Death with Dignity" Act to end his own life Sunday.

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The Two-Way
5:05 am
Wed March 14, 2012

'Tragic Day For All Of Belgium': 22 Children Killed In Bus Crash

The mangled front of the bus. The crash happened in a tunnel in Sierre, in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Sebastien Feval AFP/Getty Images

There's been a horrible traffic accident inside a Swiss tunnel. At least 28 people — 22 of them children mostly around the age of 12 — were killed Tuesday night when the bus they were in crashed.

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Presidential Race
4:58 am
Wed March 14, 2012

After Santorum Wins, Romney Hopes To Regain Edge

After a series of losses, Mitt Romney returns to more favorable ground as the GOP race heads to Illinois and Missouri. He spoke about jobs and the economy in Kirkwood, Mo., on Tuesday.
Sarah Conard Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 10:02 am

For Mitt Romney, the string of victories that would lock up the Republican nomination for president remains elusive.

Last week, Romney looked more or less inevitable to many political observers, thanks to his victories in six of the 10 states that voted on Super Tuesday.

But since then, the former Massachusetts governor has gone on a losing streak. He lost caucuses in Kansas, which voted on Saturday, and primaries in both Alabama and Mississippi, which voted Tuesday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won all three of those races.

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The Two-Way
4:45 am
Wed March 14, 2012

In Afghanistan, Panetta Says Mission Continues

  • Larry Abramson, reporting from Afghanistan

At Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged U.S. military personnel to not be deterred from their mission and continue "to make life difficult" for the Taliban and al-Qaida, says NPR's Larry Abramson, who is travelling with Panetta.

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Around the Nation
4:40 am
Wed March 14, 2012

City Council Breaks Paper Products Stalemate

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 5:17 am

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