12:25pm

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Michigan Governor Declares Financial Emergency In Detroit

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:55 pm

The General Motors world headquarters building dominates the Detroit skyline.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Saying it was a "sad day," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a financial emergency in the city of Detroit. He said that while it would not be appropriate to appoint an emergency manager, now, he would think about doing so after March 12. That's the day set aside for a hearing, if the city appeals his decision.

"I do have a top candidate," Snyder said during a press conference.

The Detroit Free Press explains:

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12:19pm

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Violent Street Clashes In Bangladesh Leave Dozens Dead

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 1:34 pm

A truck burns on a street outside Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on Thursday. Violence erupted, and dozens have been killed, after a court sentenced an Islamist leader to the death penalty for crimes dating to the country's 1971 war of independence.
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A wave of violence has rocked Bangladesh after a special war crimes tribunal Thursday imposed the death penalty on an Islamist leader for his role in the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Demonstrators for and against the convicted leader clashed with security forces, leaving dozens of people dead, including police.

The violence demonstrates the deep sensitivities that remain over the war of independence that played out more than 40 years ago.

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12:15pm

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Decrying 'Dumb, Arbitrary Cuts,' Obama Says 'We Will Get Through This'

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 2:23 pm

"Washington sure isn't making it easy" for the American people and the American economy, President Obama told reporters late Friday morning as he and other lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert $85 billion worth of automatic "sequester" spending cuts due to start at the end of the day.

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12:02pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Law

Weighing The Future Of The Voting Rights Act

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, you've heard the pundits and the politicians give their take on the new S-word - sequestration. We'll ask the Barber Shop guys for their perspective on this later in the program. But first we want to talk about another big topic in Washington this week. That is the challenge to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. That's before the Supreme Court, specifically section five of the act.

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11:57am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Virginia Gov. Restores Scooter Libby's Voting Rights

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:56 pm

Former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in 2007.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has restored the voting rights of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

If you remember Libby was former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. As the AP explains, "he was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements in a case involving leaked information that compromised the covert identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Libby's 2½-year prison sentence was commuted by then-President George W. Bush."

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11:56am

Fri March 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Health Insurers Brace For Consumer Ratings In Some States

Shopping for health insurance could get a little easier in some states this fall.
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This fall, health insurers in a few states will be seeing stars.

Not the celestial kind, but stars that reflect their scores on quality measures picked to help consumers make informed decisions when buying health coverage.

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11:51am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Kim Dotcom Loses Court Battle In Megaupload Extradition Case

Kim Dotcom, founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, says he will take his fight against extradition to the United States to New Zealand's highest court, after an appeals court ruled in the U.S. government's favor Friday.

At issue is the amount of evidence Dotcom's defense team is entitled to see at the extradition hearing. An appeals court overruled a lower court's decision that the U.S. government had to provide more than a summary of its case against the Internet entrepreneur.

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11:26am

Fri March 1, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 2:22 pm

Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the latest film from writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 29, 2012. This interview features highlights from the original.

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11:22am

Fri March 1, 2013
Movie Interviews

Denzel Washington Remembers 'Malcom X' And 'The Wizard Of Oz'

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 1:29 pm

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Denzel Washington earned a sixth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an airline pilot with substance abuse problems in the film "Flight," which is now out on DVD. He's taken the Oscar home twice - for his starring role in "Malcolm X," and for his supporting role in "Cry Freedom." [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for "Training Day," and Best Supporting Actor for "Glory."]

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11:16am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

SpaceX Reports Problem With Dragon Capsule

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:24 pm

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday.
John Raoux Associated Press

Update at 8:10 p.m. ET: Problem Fixed, Arrival Delayed

SpaceX says the problem with its unmanned craft carrying supplies for the International Space Station has been fixed.

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