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Top of the Hour: Syria Accepts UN Plan to End Bloodshed, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Syria has accepted a United Nations plan to end violence, including a two-hour ceasefire to provide humanitarian aid. In other headlines, the Supreme Court hears another round of arguments today on President Obama's health care reform law; Obama meeting Pakistan's prime minister in Seoul, South Korea; Cuba welcomes Pope Benedict the 16th; and a wildfire in Colorado causes the evacuation of 900 homes.

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Top of the Hour: Supreme Court Continues Hearings, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Justices of the Supreme Court will today hear a second day of hearings regarding President Obama's health care overhaul. In other headlines, President Obama acknowledges a strained relationship with Pakistan from the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea; civil rights leaders continue to call for the arrest of the man who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last month; and a new poll from The New York Times and CBS finds 69 percent of Americans believe the U.S. should not be at war in Afghanistan.

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Top of the Hour: Obama Calls for Cuts in Nuclear Weapons, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 26, 2012

At an international summit in South Korea, President Obama is calling for deeper cuts in nuclear weapons. After a meeting with Russia President Dmitri Mdvedev, Obama said the U.S. and Russia agreed North Korea must not provoke animosity through its nuclear program. In other headlines, the Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments to decide if the Affordable Care Act legislation violates the Constitution; according to Afghan police, the 17th victim in this month's deadly shooting spree in Afghanistan was an unborn child; two British soldiers were killed this morning when a man wearing an Afghan Army uniform opened fire inside a NATO base in the southern Afghanistan; and the weekend decided the Final Four teams in the men's NCAA Division I basketball tournament.

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Top of the Hour: Supreme Court Begins Oral Arguments on Health Care, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court begins oral arguments today on the legality of President Obama's sweeping health care legislation. The arguments today mark the beginning of three days of hearings, although a ruling won't come until later this summer. In other headlines, President Obama meets with China's president today after a two-day nuclear security summit in South Korea; a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire this morning on a NATO base in southern Afghanistan, killing two British soldiers; and minor damage is reported in central Chile following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

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Top of the Hour: Robert Bales Charged with 17 Counts of Murder; Morning Headlines

Friday, March 23, 2012

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be formally charged today with 17 counts of murder in connection with a nighttime attack earlier this month on Afghan civilians. In other headlines, a Florida special prosecutor is taking over the state's investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, counter-terrorism officials can now retain information about U.S. residents for up to five years, and autopsy results from Whitney Houston's death reveal the cause of her death to be drowning.

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Top of the Hour: Afghanistan Pays Close Attention to Bales Judicial Proceedings, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 23, 2012

Afghanistan will be paying close attention to the judicial proceedings of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the soldier accused in a deadly shooting rampage who will be formally charged with 17 counts of murder later today. In other headlines, a rally was held in Sanford, Florida, last night where the shooting of teenager Trayvon Marton took place, UN envoy Kofi Annan heads to Russia and China for Syrian peace talks, and Bank of America launches a pilot program to help homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage.

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Top of the Hour: Gunman in French Shootings Confirmed Dead, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The standoff between French police and an al-Qaida linked gunman in Toulouse is over after more than 30 hours. The office of President Nicolas Sarkozy and police officials confirm that Mohammed Merah, the 24-year-old man suspected of killing seven people, is dead. In other headlines, city commissioners in Sanford, Florida, have voted "no confidence" in their police chief Bill Lee; the Republican budget plan has been approved by the Budget Committee; last year's Texas drought was the costliest in state history; and a NASA probe on Mercury has found new evidence of possible ice.

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Top of the Hour: Live Updates from Toulouse, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scott Sayare from our partner the New York Times is in the city of Toulouse, where there is increased activity at the site of a standoff between police and an Al-Qaeda linked suspect accused of murdering seven people. In other headlines, the House votes today on repealing the new Medicare cost-control board of the health reform act, Afghanistan president speaks about its strategic partnership with the U.S., and New Orleans Saints coach is suspended without pay.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Wins Big in Illinois, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mitt Romney wins the Illinois primary with almost half the vote, while main rival Rick Santorum received 35 percent of the vote. In other headlines, a standoff continues in Toulouse, France where a gunman who claims to be linked to al-Qaida is barricaded into an apartment; UN Secretary General calls the violence in Syria "extremely dangerous"; and new studies show that a daily dose of aspirin may help prevent some cancers.

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Top of the Hour: Standoff with Alleged Shooter in France, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A stand-off started overnight between French police in Toulouse, France, and the 24-year-old man they believe is responsible for Monday's killing of a rabbi and three Jewish children as well as three French soldiers in earlier attacks. In other headlines, Mitt Romney wins the Illinois primary, President Obama begins a two day trip focusing on energy, and Al-Qaida claims responsibility for yesterday's attacks in Iraq.

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Top of the Hour: Bombings in Iraq Raise Security Concerns, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The death toll is rising in Iraq after a series of bombings have reportedly killed four dozen people. The attacks have raised new concerns about security in Iraq ahead of next week's scheduled meeting of the Arab League in Baghdad.

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Top of the Hour: Russia to Support an End to Hostilities in Syria, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Russia has announced this morning that it will throw its support behind envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end the fighting in Syria. Russia is also urging both sides in the crisis to stop fighting at least once a day for the Red Cross to administer aid. Up until now Russia has blocked efforts of the UN to end the fighting.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Looks to Carry Momentum into Illinois Primary, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mitt Romney is going into the crucial Illinois primary with a big win out of Puerto Rico. The former Massachusetts governor took more than three-quarters of the vote, which is enough to award him all 20 delegates.

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Top of the Hour: Reaction from the Family of US Soldier Alleged to Have Killed 16 Afghans, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 19, 2012

The lawyer for the family of the soldier accused in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians says they remain "stunned." However, he adds they quote "stand behind the man they know as a devoted husband, father, and dedicated member of the armed services." Staff Sergeant Robert Bales sits in solitary confinement at the military's maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His defense team begin meeting with him today, and charges against the 38-year-old are expected this week.

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Top of the Hour: North Korea's "Highly Provocative" Announcement, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 16, 2012

The U.S. State Department was seemingly taken by surprise by North Korea's announcement that the country is working to launch a satellite in honor of President Kim Il-sung's 100th birth anniversary. The U.S. is calling the move "highly provocative," as North Korea recently agreed to suspend long-range missile launches in exchange for food assistance.

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Top of the Hour: Lawyer of the U.S. Soldier Accused of Killing 16 Afghan Civilians Speaks Out, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 16, 2012

The lawyer of the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday says his client is in "shock." The lawyer, John Henry Browne, stated that his client had been re-deployed to Afghanistan after he'd been promised that his third tour of duty in Iraq would be his last. He also told reporters that his client suffered a head wound and lost part of a foot while he was in Iraq. Yet another detail emerged when the lawyer reported that the day before the rampage, the soldier was standing next to a friend at their base in southern Afghanistan when the other man's leg was blown off.

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Top of the Hour: Alleged Afghanistan Shooter in Kuwait, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The U.S. soldier who allegedly killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday has been flown to Kuwait, says a U.S. military official. The suspect has still not been identified publicly and the U.S. military says it's possible that he could go back to Afghanistan to stand trial.

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Top of the Hour: Flaming Pickup Truck Crashes on Tarmac in Afghanistan, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New details are emerging about the incident yesterday in Afghanistan, where a stolen pickup truck was driven onto an airport tarmac just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's plane was landing.

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Top of the Hour: Primary Results, Federal Reserve Stress Tests, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

All but a handful of the nation's largest banks have passed stress tests administered by the Federal Reserve. The tests sought to see how many of 19 financial institutions could withstand another recession. Fifteen banks were cleared, and four were reported to not have enough capital to stay afloat in another downturn, including Citigroup, the nation's third largest. 

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Top of the Hour: Santorum Takes Alabama and Mississippi, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rick Santorum won both the Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries on Tuesday, while Mitt Romney won the caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa. Gingrich finished stronger than expected, but now faces calls from the Santorum campaign to end his bid for the presidency. Delegate front-runner Mitt Romney continued his streak of Southern losses, finishing third in both Alabama and Mississippi.

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