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  • 911 Tapes Raise Questions In Fla. Teen's Shooting
    Police in Florida have released recordings of 911 calls from the night Trayvon Martin was killed. The unarmed black teenager was visiting his father outside Orlando when he was shot by a white neighborhood watch volunteer. George Zimmerman says it was self-defense, but Martin's relatives say the 911 tapes paint a very different picture. They want federal authorities to take over the investigation.
  • Florida Challenges Medicaid Spending 'By Force'
    When the Supreme Court hears arguments over President Obama's health care law next week, one item on the table will be a program that has been in place for nearly 50 years: Medicaid. The program is already a sore issue in Florida, which is one of the states fighting the health care law.
  • Afghanistan Shooting Suspect Held In Kansas Prison
    Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the alleged shooter in last week's attacks on Afghan civilians, has been transferred to a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A complicated picture of his life — in the Army and back home near Tacoma, Wash. — is still emerging.
  • Pakistan-India Rivalry Extends To TV Food Fight
    Steve Inskeep and David Greene take a look into Foodistan, a new TV show that pits Pakistani and Indian chefs against each other. The first season finishes up this week.
  • Mostly Majors In Men's Sweet Sixteen
    The Sweet Sixteen is set in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and there are few surprises: All but two teams are from power conferences.
  • Prone To Failure, Some All-Metal Hip Implants Need To Be Removed Early
    Shavings of metal can flake off of the artificial joints and cause serious pain and medical problems in the hip. About a half-million Americans have this type of implant, and though most patients won't have a problem, one doctor called the failure rate "unacceptably high."
  • Chevron Executives Barred From Leaving Brazil
    The move suggests formal criminal charges may be coming over their alleged roles in a deep-water oil spill last year off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The company already faces fines and an $11 billion lawsuit over November's 3,000 barrel spill.
  • Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche
    Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
  • Taco Bell Aims To Hook Customers On 'Loco' Shell
    Taco Bell has introduced a new taco with a shell made of Doritos. The "Doritos Locos" taco is an example of the lengths fast-food companies are going to in their efforts to differentiate themselves with customers.
  • Week In Politics: Illinois Primary, Mikulski Milestone
    David Greene talks to regular Morning Edition contributor Cokie Roberts about the week ahead in politics.

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