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Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

Gasoline costs nearly 80 cents more per gallon than it did in January. Motorists dread the trip to the pump and wonder why prices are so high — and when they'll go back down. But growing world demand could mean oil prices will continue to rise in coming years.

Voters May Break Up Fight Over 'Fighting Sioux'

The University of North Dakota's Native American nickname and logo has been controversial for decades. The dispute has reached a new level as supporters and opponents fight over the validity of a state law that requires the university to keep the name.

Murray State Racers Fans Revved Up Over NCAA

This year the Murray State University men's basketball team grabbed the highest NCAA tournament seed in the program's history. Excitement over the Racers' success has spread from the campus into the community. The team won its first 23 games and every home game has sold out since January.

King Returns: Ex-Gov. Fights For Snowe's Senate Seat

Republicans and Democrats are battling for Sen. Olympia Snowe's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat, but one potential candidate could ruin all their plans. Angus King — Maine's beloved former independent governor — is trying to get on the ballot, and one poll already has him in the lead.

Romney Might Like The View From Peoria

With Illinois holding its GOP presidential primary next Tuesday, NPR's Don Gonyea speaks to voters in and around the iconic American test market of Peoria, asking: Will Illinois embrace Mitt Romney's politics, or follow the South's lead and favor Rick Santorum?

Gingrich's SuperPAC Ally Tells How His Candidate Can Still Be Nominee

To hear Rick Tyler of the pro-Gingrich superPAC tell it, Gingrich is sitting in the catbird seat. All he needs to do is wait for the Republican National Convention in Tampa to roll around in August with none of the candidates having the 1,144 delegates required for the nomination.

Optimism Rising Along With The Number Of New Jobs

The spike in consumer sentiment came as companies began stepping up their hiring in January and February. "People pay close attention to the jobless rate," says Carroll Doherty of the Pew Research Center.

Obama, Cameron Underscore Ties At News Conference

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington for talks at the White House.

Panetta Met With Security Breach In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on Wednesday. As he arrived, a vehicle exploded at the base where the secretary was scheduled to speak. Panetta is unhurt, and it's not clear whether it was an attack on the secretary or not. His long-planned trip comes in the middle of a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The U.S. is investigating the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently committed by a U.S. soldier.