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3:40pm

Wed March 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Army Soldier Pleads Guilty In Murders Of Three Afghans

"Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three counts of murdering unarmed Afghans and other wrongdoing in an important juncture in a U.S. Army war-crimes investigation," The Seattle Times reports.

The plea, which was expected, is part of an agreement that will see Morlock "testify against other soldiers accused of crimes while serving in Afghanistan, including four accused of murder," the newspaper adds.

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3:10pm

Wed March 23, 2011
The Two-Way

America's 'Oldest' Wild Bird Survived Tsunami That Hit Midway Atoll

Word is spreading that Wisdom, "America's oldest free-flying bird," survived the tsunami that roared east from Japan on March 11 and sent a 5-foot tidal wave crashing into the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge where she lives.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced this week that

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3:04pm

Wed March 23, 2011
Japan In Crisis

In Fukushima City Shelter, Evacuees Imagine Future

The ongoing crisis at Japanese nuclear reactors following the earthquake and tsunami is affecting a significant part of Northeastern Japan.

In Fukushima City, about 40 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, the nuclear crisis is hampering the earthquake recovery and dominating life.

Some 1,300 people now live in the gymnasiums, workout rooms and hallways at the Azuma Sports Complex in the city. Most of the people sleeping on the floors are evacuees who were ordered out of the 12 miles exclusion zone around the crippled nuclear power plant.

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2:54pm

Wed March 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Maine Governor LePage Orders Labor History Mural Out Of State Building

For those in Maine with doubts about how their state's Gov. Paul LePage would answer the old organized labor song, "Which side are you on?" they now have their answer.

LePage, a Republican who just started in his first term, ordered the removal from Maine's Labor Department building a mural depicting scenes of organized labor history in his state.

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2:30pm

Wed March 23, 2011
World Cafe

Broken Records On World Cafe

Edinburgh indie-rock band Broken Records started in the wake of a failed recording studio and label. Since then, it's been dubbed Scotland's Arcade Fire by NME. The effect of its chamber violins, cello, accordion, guitars, drums and bass is vibrant, and yet, this dynamic six-piece remains heavily rooted in anthemic pop-rock structures.

Striking up familiar tones, though darker than its predecessor, Let Me Come Home is a combination of yearning and frustration. It's an honest album that sheds a pop-tinged light on the darkest of emotions.

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