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10:45am

Thu February 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Fell Sharply Last Month

Sales of new single-family houses fell 12.6 percent in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 284,000, the Census Bureau says.

That pace is also 18.6 percent below January 2010's rate.

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10:25am

Thu February 24, 2011
The Two-Way

In Libya: 'Celebration' And Shock In Benghazi

From the city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro just told the Newcast desk that:

"There is still an air of celebration. People say they have liberated the city. ... But also, what is being revealed — they say — are the crimes of [Moammar Gadhafi's] regime."

At an Army base there, she says, "hundreds of people have converged on this place and they say that they are shocked by what they found. In one case they found an underground prison where 50 people were being held. And they are now digging, frantically, trying to find mass graves."

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9:45am

Thu February 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million More Vehicles

"Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in carpeting," The Associated Press writes. "More than half of the vehicles are being added to a massive 2009 recall that fixed gas pedals getting trapped in the floor mat. Toyota has now recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally over safety problems since 2009."

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9:29am

Thu February 24, 2011
The Two-Way

On State TV: Gadhafi Again Blames Al-Qaida, 'Kids On Drugs'

In what sounds like a reprise of the points he hit when he appeared on Libyan state TV two days ago, Moammar Gadhafi has apparently taken to the airwaves again to blame foreign influences — and in particular Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida — for the protests that have swept across much of his nation.

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9:05am

Thu February 24, 2011
The Two-Way

From Tripoli: With Foreigners Gone, Fear That Gadhafi May 'Really Crack Down'

As the dramatic events in Libya continue, people there are trying to tell the world about what's happening as leader Moammar Gadhafi tries to hold on to power.

On Morning Edition, host Renee Montagne spent about 8 minutes on the phone with a businessman in Tripoli (NPR did not report his name because of concern for his safety). He described scenes of foreign mercenaries patrolling the streets of the Libyan capital, shooting at anyone who dared come outside.

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