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News Archive - March 2, 2012

As Morning Breaks, Tornadoes' Destruction Remains

The rain continues to pour. Entire towns have been leveled and the death toll rises as a powerful storm system sweeps the Midwest and the South.

Fight To Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bill Begins In Maryland

As political observers expected, the fight over same-sex marriage in Maryland started promptly on Friday, as both sides of the issue begin to gear up for an expected referendum on the issue in November.

Anne Arundel Exec Charged With Four Misdimeanors

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been indicted and charged on four counts for misusing his executive protection squads to transport him to sexual escapades and remove signs of political opponents.

Lawmakers Dig In Over Dulles Metro Rail Funding

Virginia's General Assembly continues to apply pressure to the MWAA, threatening to withhold funding for the Dulles Metro Rail Project if they don't amend a plan they said unfairly benefits union labor.

Miami Valedictorian Gets Support In Fight Against Deportation

The Pelaez's lawyer has said they will appeal the judge's ruling. And in the meantime, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says that the agency will not rush to act in her case.

Metro's Weekend Track Work Continues

Three Red Line Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to scheduled maintenance.

WaPo's McCartney: Who Is Hurt In Virginia's Budget Impasse, Dynamics Of Virginia's GOP Primary

Politics in Virginia have gotten heated in recent weeks, with the state senate at an impasse over the budget and the impending GOP presidential primary on Super Tuesday.

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt for five weeks, due to disappointing sales figures. GM spokesman Chris Lee said the move will "align production with demand." GM sold 7,671 Volts last year, below its original goal of 10,000 cars.

Food Drive For Maryland's Hungry Enters 26th Year

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Those looking to help the less fortunate in Maryland should have an easier time of it this week, as the 26th annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive makes it as easy as picking up a bag of groceries.

Santorum, Romney Vie For 'Center Of The Political Universe': Ohio

Republicans in 10 states vote on Super Tuesday next week, and the general election battleground state of Ohio may be the most coveted prize. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are pushing hard for the state, where 63 delegates are at stake.

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has resigned. The Air Force issued a statement saying that Quinton Keel "has left federal service." Keel had previously served as director of the mortuary division at Dover.

Storm Barrels Through Georgia; Death Toll Rises

A day of extreme weather is turning into a very long night for a wide swath of the country. Authorities say one town in southern Indiana is "completely gone."

CQ Roll Call: Snowe Says No To Re-election, Bartlett Receives Request From American Mustache Institute

Two announcements on Capitol Hill this week may help Democratic lawmakers retain control of the U.S. Senate.

Mine Safety Officials Ditched Safety Citation Fearing Congressional Scrutiny

The safety citation and order involved a consultant for Massey Energy and was issued during the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) investigation of the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in West Virginia.

Kids Don't Mind If You Put Veggies In The Cake

Kids surprised researchers at Columbia University by being just as happy with some treats even if they knew they had vegetables. The cookies were another matter, though.

Rescued Photographer: In Syria 'It's Not A War, It's A Massacre'

Paul Conroy, who was injured during the shelling of the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, said he saw a "massacre beyond measure."

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Major League Baseball will add two more wild-card teams to the playoffs starting this fall. It's the first playoff expansion since 1995, and it will create a wild card play-in game between the two teams with the best records that didn't win their divisions. For the first time, a third-place team could win the World Series.

Obama Phones His Support To Sandra Fluke, Law Student Limbaugh Derided

With it being a general election year and the president counting on getting enough of the women's vote to win re-election, the phone call takes on a bigger meaning. Comforting someone like Fluke who was targeted by Limbaugh for siding with Obama's contraception policy was the kind of symbolic act that could pay dividends for the president come November.

Cancer Drugs Thwart Ebola In Lab

There's no cure for Ebola. But a group of scientists is exploring whether some drugs already approved to treat cancer might help tame the virus. Sounds wild. But there's a reason to think it might work.

Five Capital Bikeshare Stations Could Soon Come To National Mall

The Capital Bikeshare program just got preliminary approval to place five stations around the National Mall. Now it's on to the National Park Service for final approval.

U.N. Panel Says Findings On Gadhafi's Death Are Inconclusive

The inquiry also found that both sides in the Libyan conflict that led to the demise of Moammar Gadhafi last year were responsible for war crimes.

D.C. Leaders Pushing To Move Redskins To District

The District is making a push to bring the Redskins back home, at least for practice, but councilmember Jack Evans is stressing that the talks are still very early.

Bloggers Replace Mom's Recipe Box As Source Of Food Knowledge

A new study says social media having an increasingly bigger influence over our food habits: Half of consumers use social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to learn about food. Almost as many seek out recipes on blogs and websites.

Effort To Overturn 'Kings Dominion Law' Shot Down

Virginia's 'King's Dominion law' prevails once again, as a state senate committee thwarted efforts this week to allow schools in the state to begin before Labor Day.

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Steps Closer To Passage

The bill mandating ultrasound sound exams for women seeking abortions in Virginia is another step closer to Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature.

Va. Supreme Court Denies State Attorney's Request For 'Climategate' Records

Kenneth Cuccinelli wanted records concerning a scientist who was at the center of the "climate gate" scandal.

Decoding The Allure Of The Almanac

The Old Farmer's Almanac, like many other forecasters, was way off the mark when it came to this year's winter weather. Meteorologists say it has a dubious overall track record, but millions of people still consult the quirky, centuries-old almanac, which uses a secret formula to come up with its yearlong weather predictions.

It's All Politics, March 01, 2012

On the political horizon — ten states, four candidates and one Super Tuesday. Can we expect the GOP delegate puzzle to gain clarity following Super Tuesday or will it remain muddled? NPR's Ron Elving and Neal Carruth dissect the momentum each candidate has going into next week's primaries.

Opponents Of Metro Fare Hikes Say Increases Are Too Much

Metro customers turned out to oppose fare hikes at a Metro board public hearing Thursday. Speakers said the increases could be prohibitive for those on fixed incomes.

The Lorax Speaks For The SUVs

The Lorax is a tale of saving the trees — which makes it a little surprising that one of the merchandising tie-ins for the new film is with Mazda SUVs.

Student Is Outraged By Rush Limbaugh Calling Her A 'Slut' And 'Prostitute'

The conservative radio broadcaster went after Sandra Fluke for her testimony about the Obama administration's policy on contraceptives. He's lost at least one advertiser because of his comments.

Ohio Poll: Santorum, Romney Tied Days Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney appeared locked in a tie for Ohio's Republicans, with the former senator's lead in Ohio shrinking from what it was before the recent Michigan primary which Romney won.

To Protect Children From Lead, Fix Pregnant Women's Homes

Lead poisoning in children can be reduced by cleaning up pregnant women's homes, according to a new study. That would be better than waiting until children are exposed to identify the problem, experts say. But the cleanups are expensive, and money is tight.

Yelp Surprises Investors, As It Soars In Wall Street Debut

Analysts were expecting a less enthusiastic reception because the company has never made a profit since it was founded eight years ago.

Advocates Celebrate Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signing

The mood was celebratory among gay rights advocates in Maryland after the state's same-sex marriage bill was signed into law Thursday.

California Woman Awarded $168 Million In Workplace Harassment Case

It will be appealed, but Ani Chopourian's judgment against a hospital where she worked is thought to be the largest in U.S. history for a single victim.

Taliban Claims It Killed More Than 20 Rival Militants In Pakistan

Among the reports of more deadly violence in Pakistan today — about 70 people were killed in three incidents — is word that about 20 of the deaths were the result of one militant group attacking another.

Top Stories: Obama Warns Iran; Red Cross Reaches Syrian City

Also: More severe weather expected today in same parts of Midwest and South that were hit by tornadoes on Wednesday; AT&T moves to put cap on heaviest data users.

Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama To Israel, Iran - 'I Don't Bluff'

Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.

Red Cross Convoy Arrives In Devastated Syrian City; Not Yet In Baba Amr

After weeks of shelling and sniper fire from Syrian Army forces, the people who remain in the Baba Amr district of the city of Homs may finally get some aid from the outside world today.

Ohio School Reopens, Coach Who Chased Shooter Says 'I'm Not A Hero'

"I only wish I could have done more," Frank Hall said. I'm not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher." Three students were killed and two others were wounded. The suspect was a fellow student.

Tornado Trauma: Five Died On One Short Street; More Storms Today

Five of the estimated 13 deaths from the tornadoes that pounded Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee on Wednesday happened on Brady Street in Harrisburg, Ill. Forecasters are warning that there could be tornadoes again today in some nearby states.