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6:04am

Tue April 2, 2013
Around the Nation

Cuban Dissident Blogger Seeks To Unite Castro's Cuba With Miami's Cuba

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:33 am

Yoani Sanchez, internationally known dissident blogger from Cuba, listens to a question as she speaks at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday.
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For Cuban-Americans, Miami's Freedom Tower is almost a holy place — a former immigration intake center where thousands came in the 1960s after they fled the island's communist rule.

But across the street from the hall, where Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez spoke Monday, there were protests. A dozen anti-Castro activists repudiated some of Sanchez's past comments, including her support for lifting the long-standing U.S. embargo of Cuba.

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5:40am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

UConn And Cal Punch First Two Tickets To Women's Final Four

Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson hugs teammate Caroline Doty (No. 5) after the Huskies' win Monday night over Kentucky at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
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The Connecticut women cruised into the Division I basketball championship's Final Four Monday night with an 83-53 win over Kentucky. In the evening's other matchup, California squeaked by Georgia, 65-62.

The Final Four's other two slots will be filled Tuesday night. Notre Dame faces Duke, while Tennessee takes on Louisville. (Check the brackets here. The games are being broadcast by ESPN.)

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5:19am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: American Library Association, Barnes & Noble Called 'Facilitators Of Porn'

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:21 am

A Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, D.C.
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4:46am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea's Latest Threat: It Will Restart Nuclear Reactor

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:22 pm

North Korea's KCNA news agency released this photo Monday, saying it shows leader Kim Jong Un (at left) speaking during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the DPRK in Pyongyang. Hanging above is the image of his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011.
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A vow Tuesday from North Korea that it will restart a nuclear reactor that eventually could make about one bomb's worth of plutonium a year further escalates tensions that were already high due to that nation's almost daily threats, NPR's Louisa Lim tells our Newscast Desk.

According to Louisa, who filed her report from Beijing:

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3:28am

Tue April 2, 2013
Law

States Propose Crackdowns On Copper Theft

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:59 am

Everything from telephone wire to plumbing is a target for copper thieves, and lawmakers in nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at making it harder to sell the stolen metal.
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The price of copper remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.

Everything from telephone wire to plumbing is a target, and lawmakers in nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell the stolen metal.

James City County in southeastern Virginia has seen a spate of recent copper thefts. Maj. Steve Rubino with the county police department says there have been six major incidents since January.

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