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  • States Begin Cleanup After Punishing Tornadoes
    Three days of powerful storms peaked on Saturday, leaving a wake of destruction across the southern United States. More than 240 tornadoes had been reported since the storms began on Thursday. Dozens of people were killed including 22 in North Carolina.
  • Republicans Mount Defense Of Anti-Gay Marriage Law
    Earlier this year, the Obama administration said it would no longer defend the law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman — a law the White House believes is unconstitutional. House Republicans said that decision gave them no other choice but to defend the law in court themselves.
  • Gadhafi Forces Pound Libyan Rebels In Misrata
    The Libyan port city of Misrata is being heavily hit by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. There are reports of many killed in the fighting as hundreds of people wait to be evacuated by sea. James Hider, of the Times of London, talks to Renee Montagne about the fighting.
  • Immigration Issues Test Unity Of The European Union
    In recent months, the European Union has been shaken by internal divisions over management of the single currency, the euro, and over NATO intervention in Libya. Now, even sharper differences have emerged over immigration.
  • Tsunami Spares Japan's Pine-Covered Islands
    The islands off the coast of Matsushima are one of Japan's scenic treasures. They were close to the epicenter of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. But somehow, the breathtaking pine covered islands suffered little damage in the disaster.
  • Repelling Bugs With The Essence Of Grapefruit
    Scientists are working on a new, natural bug repellent. It's non toxic, non-greasy and smells like grapefruit. For insects it's deadly but for humans it's safe enough to drink.
  • Foraging The Weeds For Wild, Healthy Greens
    Most people only eat a few different vegetables on a regular basis. But urban foragers say most areas of the United States have at least 75 edible, wild vegetables available for picking through the year. Adding wild foods — especially greens — to the typical American diet can provide flavor, nutrition and variety.
  • Ongoing Debate Centers On Revising Tax Code
    The deadline to get tax returns in is Monday. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about taxes, deficits and efforts to overhaul the tax code.
  • Philadelphia Orchestra To File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
    The Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will seek bankruptcy protection. It is one of many orchestras to fall on hard times as cultural and monetary support began to wane.
  • Music Stops For Pianists At Nordstrom
    For years, the upscale department store Nordstrom has hired piano players to perform as shoppers browse the racks. But the Los Angeles Times reports more and more stores are firing their pianists. A Nordstrom spokesperson said the company has "learned that most customers like contemporary, recorded music better."

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