Around the Nation
3:08 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Storm Concocts 'Worst Case Scenario' In Indiana

A woman salvages belongings from her Henryville, Ind., home, which was destroyed Friday after a series of tornadoes tore through the south of the state.
Chris Bergin AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:58 am

Across the Midwest and South, residents are cleaning up from Friday's outbreak of late winter storms.

A seemingly nonstop barrage of tornadoes roared across rural farmland and cities all day and all night. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia all sustained damage. At least 28 people died, and that number is expected to rise.

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The Two-Way
1:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake

Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes cause major damage Friday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:59 am

This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.

At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)

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Europe
12:03 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Beyond Electoral Fraud: Russians Protest Corruption

Members of Russia's opposition protest in Saint Petersburg on Feb. 26 against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's expected return to the Kremlin.
Olga Maltseva AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is headed for victory in Sunday's presidential election in Russia. The ballot's been set, so he's all but certain to win a majority, without facing an embarrassing run-off against one of his much weaker rivals.

Putin's also certain to face growing anger from an educated, urban middle class that's been demonstrating on the streets of Moscow.

They first came out to protest apparent vote rigging, in December's parliamentary election. But many see electoral fraud as part of the wider problem of corruption and abuse of power in Putin's Russia.

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Around the Nation
6:33 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Storms And Tornadoes Lash Eastern U.S.

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Economy
6:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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Middle East
5:57 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

U.S. To Israel: Iran Is Feeling Heat From Sanctions

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 8:41 am

The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.

Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.

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It's All Politics
5:39 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum, Romney Vie For 'Center Of The Political Universe': Ohio

Rick Santorum speaks Friday in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Republicans in 10 states will vote on Super Tuesday next week, and the general election battleground state of Ohio may be the most coveted prize.

NPR's Don Gonyea reports that both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are pushing hard for the state, where 63 delegates are at stake.

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U.S.
5:38 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 5:46 pm

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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The Two-Way
5:25 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Widespread Tornadoes Across Tennessee And Ohio Valleys Leave Three Dead

Stanley Nelson looks at what is left of his home after a possible tornado hit the Canebrake subdivision on Friday in Athens, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:59 am

Yet another line of extreme weather is cutting across a wide swath of the country today. On Wednesday, tornadoes pounded some of the same areas and caused 13 deaths.

The AP reports that 14 people have been killed in southern Indiana. (Keep in mind that in these situations, this number is bound to change.)

RTV 6 in Indianapolis reports that authorities are still trying to get a handle on the damage.

The local station reports:

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As a roving NPR correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett's beat stretches across the U.S., and, sometimes, around the world. Currently, he is serving as NPR's Religion correspondent.

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