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2:45pm

Tue February 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Stocks Down Sharply On News From Libya, Higher Oil Prices

"Stocks fell sharply and oil prices spiked to their highest level in two years Tuesday as the unrest in Libya worsened," The Associated Press writes.

The Wall Street Journal explains things this way: "U.S. stocks sank as escalating tensions in the Middle East and North Africa sent oil prices soaring and as retailers posted mixed earnings reports."

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2:42pm

Tue February 22, 2011
Music

Hayes Carll: Honky-Tonk Prankster

"KMAG YOYO" is a military slang term that translates approximately to "Kiss My [You-Know-What], Guys — You're On Your Own." That message seems to have inspired country rocker Hayes Carll, a 34-year-old Texan with a reputation for irreverence. Carll's fourth album, out this week, is titled KMAG YOYO and Other American Stories.

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2:35pm

Tue February 22, 2011
The Two-Way

In Eastern Libya: Anti-Gadhafi Protesters Say Some Soldiers Joined Them

The anti-regime militia members she's encountering today in eastern Libya say they were helped by some police officers and army soldiers in recent days in an ultimately successful effort to fight back against fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

Reporting from inside Libya, Lourdes says that:

-- The self-titled "free Libyan troops" she's spoken to "feel that they now have control of eastern Libya."

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2:33pm

Tue February 22, 2011
It's All Politics

Indiana's Democratic Lawmakers Imitate Wisconsin, Flee State

Originally published on Tue February 22, 2011 1:30 pm

The Democratic "flu" (or should it be "flew?") is spreading.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats in the Indiana state house have decamped the state to avoid voting on anti-union legislation just like their fellow Democrats in Wisconsin.

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2:30pm

Tue February 22, 2011
World Cafe

Teddy Thompson On World Cafe

"It's very English, very sarcastic, self-deprecating," says Teddy Thompson about his latest album, Bella. The native Englishman, born in a commune in London to the famous singer songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, has become an acclaimed singer-songwriter in his own right.

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