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  • Who'll Fill Void If Gadhafi Falls? U.S. Wishes It Knew
    The United States only renewed ties with Libya a few years ago — and it's scrambling to identify the next power broker there. That is difficult in a country where the same man has been in power for four decades.
  • Over 4 Decades, Libya's Gadhafi Consolidated Power
    When Moammar Gadhafi seized power in Libya during a 1969 coup, he was a young military officer. He defined himself as a populist leader who was in touch with the country's traditional values. But over the decades, historian Ali Ahmida tells Renee Montagne, Gadhafi became an increasingly eccentric leader with links to terrorism.
  • Court Considers Ashcroft's Liability In Terror Case
    Former University of Idaho running back Abdullah al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen, says his constitutional rights were violated in 2003 when he was detained as he was about to board a flight to Saudi Arabia. Now the Supreme Court will determine whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft is immune from the lawsuit.
  • For Turtles, Earth's Magnetism Is A Built-In GPS
    Loggerhead turtles are born with an ability to know where they are on Earth, and which way to swim to get to favorable feeding grounds, a new study finds. It turns out an extreme sensitivity to the planet's magnetic field lets them determine both longitude and latitude as they migrate.
  • Gadhafi Charges Darnah Is Controlled By Al-Qaida
    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is blaming his country's uprising in part on al-Qaida. Gadhafi singled out the city of Darnah, in the east of the country, as a place that's in the hands of al-Qaida. While the city previously has had ties to Islamist extremists, it's being controlled by the same opposition forces that are taking power across Libya.
  • Military Sensors Catch The Scent Of Roadside Bombs
    In Afghanistan, the U.S. military is using a new tactic against IEDs: sensor pods attached to aircraft that pick up traces of the bombs' chemicals. "It's not unlike a woman passing through and being able to detect the scent of her perfume," says Lt. Gen. Michael Oates.
  • Turmoil In Libya Pushes Oil Prices Higher
    The violence in Libya has forced the evacuation of many oil industry workers, and oil production has been cut in half. Prices for a key oil contract are trading at about $100 a barrel.
  • Auto Sales Figures Can't Outshine Construction Data
    GM, Toyota and Nissan all saw sales booms last month. GM sales were up nearly 50 percent. Ford and Chrysler sales were also up, but not by as much. Automakers helped manufacturing remain strong. But can Detroit help lead a comeback to other sectors of the economy like housing?
  • Prolonged Rise In Oil Prices Could Hurt Economy
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a second day of testimony. He's delivering the Fed's semi-annual report about the state of the economy. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about what Bernanke had to say.
  • FAA OKs iPad For Charter Company's Pilots
    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of the iPad by pilots as an alternative to traditional paper maps. The approval is only for one charter jet company, but it could have implications for other airlines. Pilots often manage up to 50 pounds of paper maps and charts, but all that paper can be replaced by a new app.

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