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  • Gadhafi Forces Keep Libyan Rebels Pinned Down
    In the skies over Libya, NATO will take command of the no-fly zone. U.S. air and sea power will remain a key factor in keeping Moammar Gadhafi's troops from attacking. But on the ground, Libyan rebels are stalled in their efforts to advance on government forces. And civilians are fleeing the front lines of the fighting.
  • Syrian Protesters: Government Forces Kill Dozens
    Protests against the Syrian government have been taking place at the small border city of Daraa. Those leading the protests say that dozens of people have been killed by government troops. The Syrian government has pledged to consider lifting some repressive laws to ease the crisis. Phil Sands, a reporter for The National, an English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, talks to Renee Montagne about the protests.
  • Census: Hispanics Are 16 Percent Of U.S. Population
    The U.S. Hispanic population is growing. Census figures show more than half of the population growth in the U.S. in the past decade was among Hispanics. In 10 states and Washington, D.C., the majority of people under 18 are now minorities.
  • In Chicago, Stopping Crime Before It Happens
    Teens growing up in dangerous neighborhoods are more likely to become targets of violence. Members of the CeaseFire program in Chicago aim to reduce shootings and killings by patrolling the streets to intervene on potentially violent situations.
  • Texas Find Turns Back Clock On Settlers In America
    A newly excavated site in central Texas contains evidence that the first human settlers in the Lone Star state arrived more than 15,000 years ago — that's more than 2,000 years earlier than scientists originally thought.
  • Built For Bombs, Sensors Now Track Japan Radiation
    A network of sensors designed to pick up traces of nuclear bomb tests is being used to track radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant in Japan. Experts hope the data will be able to tell them information that won't otherwise be available until the reactors become less radioactive.
  • Japan's Cherry Blossoms In Brief, Beautiful Bloom
    The pale pink flowers are coming into bloom just weeks after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. Japanese art expert James Ulak talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about how the cherry blossoms have long symbolized the fleeting nature of beauty and life.
  • Analysts Expect Portugal To Need EU Bailout
    Portugal looks like it's heading toward an international bailout, becoming the third European country to seek help after Greece and Ireland. After the Portuguese parliament rejected a series of austerity measures proposed by the prime minister, his government resigned. Since then, market pressures on Portugal increased, and the need for financial aid from the EU and IMF became all but inevitable.
  • AT&T's Plan To Buy T-Mobile, Hints Of Ma Bell?
    Mobile phone giant AT&T has announced plans to buy major rival T-Mobile. If the deal goes through, AT&T would dominate U.S. telecommunications. It's reminiscent of when Ma Bell had a monopoly over the industry. Bloomberg New technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Linda Wertheimer about the concerns of a monopoly.
  • Mobile Phone Makers Hope To Score Big With 3D
    LG has unveiled a 3D handset, and Sprint has one coming out this summer. One advantage is that these smaller screens don't require special glasses. At the moment, 3D smartphones are aimed at people who like to play video games on their phones.

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