10:57am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

U.N. Security Council Approves New Sanctions On North Korea

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:54 pm

U.N. Security Council members vote to adopt sanctions against North Korea on Thursday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea just hours after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and its allies.

The Security Council's actions to clamp down on the North's nuclear program follow the country's third nuclear test, carried out last month in defiance of previous United Nations' sanctions.

The 15-0 Security Council vote Thursday includes China, which has backed North Korea in the past and is one of the country's few allies.

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10:27am

Thu March 7, 2013
Book Reviews

Samba, Spiderbots And 'Summer' Love In Far-Future Brazil

Arthur A. Levine Books

In the 17th century, fugitive slaves founded a free community in the mountains of northeastern Brazil. They called it Palmares. Contemporary accounts describe the courtyards and the fountains, the churches and council meetings of that sprawling settlement, which survived for decades before a concerted military effort by Portuguese colonists wiped it out in 1695.

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10:05am

Thu March 7, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

A judge has extended an order preventing Governor Robert Bentley from signing a private school tax credit bill.  Circuit Court Judge Charles Price ruled Wednesday that a temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a court hearing on March 15th.  Both Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mike Hubbard criticized Judge Price for getting involved in the legislative process.  The GOP leaders have asked the Alabama Supreme Court to reverse the order. 

Abortion Bill

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9:52am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Breaking Bread Break The Deadlock In D.C.?

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 1:38 pm

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., gave a thumbs-up Wednesday night after he and other GOP senators had dinner with President Obama.
Olivier Douliery/pool Getty Images

Wednesday night it was dinner with a small group of Republican lawmakers.

Thursday it's lunch with 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Next week, the president is due to have lunch with more Republican senators.

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9:26am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt's Locust Plague Threatens Israel

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 8:44 am

Locusts land on a sand dune in Negev Desert, southern Israel on Tuesday.
Ariel Schalit Associated Press

A swarm of locusts that began in Egypt and has crossed the border into Israel is inviting comparison to one of the Biblical plagues of Exodus.

The New York Times says the swarms are "like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh. Others with a more modern sensibility said it felt more like Hitchcock."

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9:12am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Today: First Key Votes On Gun Laws Since Newtown Shootings

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:52 pm

Guns on display at a show in Fort Wayne, Ind., last month.
Brian Cassella MCT /Landov

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. One Measure Approved So Far:

"The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday making gun trafficking a federal crime as lawmakers cast the first vote in Congress to curb firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school," The Associated Press writes.

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8:42am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Mixed Signals: Jobless Claims Dip; Layoff Plans Rise

As we await Friday's much-anticipated report about the February unemployment rate and how many jobs were added to employers' payrolls last month, there are these new bits of economic data to chew over:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 340,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down from 7,000 the previous week. Claims continue at a pace that's the lowest since first-quarter 2008.

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8:38am

Thu March 7, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Discuss: Is 'Humane Meat' An Oxymoron?

Visitors eat rostbratwurst sausages at the "Green Week" agriculture fair in Berlin in January 2011.
Wolfgang Kumm AFP/Getty Images

"There is no such thing as humane meat." This conclusion was drawn by Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, in an opinion piece published last week in The Huffington Post.

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8:14am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Suspect In New York City Hit-And-Run Surrenders To Police

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 1:18 pm

Julio Acevedo surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Timothy E. Wynkoop AP

Four days after a hit-and-run in Brooklyn that killed a young couple riding in a cab, suspect Julio Acevedo surrendered to police at a convenience store parking lot in Bethlehem, Pa.

The New York Times says:

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8:13am

Thu March 7, 2013

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