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Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.
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Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

Japan says an auxiliary battery was improperly connected to the main battery that overheated, forcing an emergency landing.
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Calorie Counts: Fatally Flawed, Or Our Best Defense Against Pudge?

Scientists say the time-honored calorie is too flawed to give people a good measure of what they're eating. But many nutritionists say calories are still the most useful tool for keeping tabs on food intake and maintaining healthy weight.
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Guilty Plea From Jesse Jackson Jr. Over 'Lavish' Spending

The son of Rev. Jesse Jackson was accused of using $750,000 of campaign funds on personal expenses and to buy things such as a $43,000 watch and a hat once worn by Michael Jackson.
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'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion

It looks like a contractor may have hit a gas line. A strong odor convinced authorities to start evacuating people from the area. Then, shortly after 6 p.m. local time, a restaurant exploded. The force was felt blocks away.
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Law Change Makes It Harder To Unlock Cellphones

A copyright ruling from the Library of Congress covers whether people may buy a phone from one carrier and then use it with another. A recent change makes it illegal to unlock a phone, or untie it from the original carrier, without permission. But some people are petitioning the White House to undo that change.
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Boeing's Tech Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

Boeing has its hands full right now. It is still trying to get to the bottom of a battery fire on one of its new 787s, and now technical workers have authorized a strike. They'll negotiate again before a walkout.
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Automatic Spending Cut Would Cause 'Hardship' For People

The Pentagon plans to notify members of Congress Wednesday about its plans to furlough some 800,000 civilian employees later this spring. That's just one consequence of the federal government's automatic spending cuts which are due to take effect next week. President Obama is urging Congress to halt the cuts, at least temporarily, while lawmakers try to craft a more lasting budget agreement.

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