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12:01am

Thu March 31, 2011
Around the Nation

Native American Intermarriage Puts Benefits At Risk

Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country, according to U.S. Census data.

For the Eastern Shoshone of Wyoming, you have to be at least one-quarter Native American to be a tribal member. That requirement could mean a loss of both population and identity. And intermarriage can also lead to a loss of federal benefits.

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12:01am

Thu March 31, 2011
Law

Solicitor General Nominee Grilled On Marriage Act

Republican anger over the Obama administration's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court spilled over into a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday. Before the Judiciary Committee were nominees for two top and long-vacant Justice Department jobs.

The Office of Legal Counsel advises the president about what he can and cannot do under the law. The job has not been filled with a confirmed officeholder for seven years.

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12:01am

Thu March 31, 2011
Japan In Crisis

In Japan, Scenes Of Much Destruction, Little Looting

In the weeks following the tsunami, there have been relatively few documented reports of thievery in the devastated coastal cities of northeastern Japan. That's in contrast to widespread looting that has been reported after natural disasters in other countries.

To find out why, we visit the town of Kamaishi, where the black tide killed at least 600 people, threw an ocean freighter onto the wharf and blew open thousands of houses and shops, leaving many things to steal.

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6:11pm

Wed March 30, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libyan Foreign Minister Resigns Post, Flies To U.K.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

A major blow to Moammar Gadhafi this evening. His foreign minister has quit and flown to London. The British foreign office, in a statement, says Moussa Koussa traveled to Britain under his own free will. Koussa is a top regime insider and his departure is sure to embarrass Gadhafi, at the very least.

Joining us now is NPR's Tom Gjelten. Tom, what more is the British government saying about Moussa Koussa?

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5:37pm

Wed March 30, 2011
Energy

Tapping The Earth For Energy Savings Year-Round

Increasing numbers of homeowners are installing geothermal heat pumps, which take advantage of the constant temperature underground to provide more efficient heating and cooling. Initial costs are high, but a 30 percent federal tax credit can make the systems more affordable.

Suzi and James Bryant started thinking about going geothermal after their first winter in their house in Sterling, Va. It came with a rumbly 50-year-old oil furnace in the basement.

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