10:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

The Fight Over Voter ID Laws Goes To The United Nations

NAACP president Ben Jealous hopes that international pressure might be another weapon against strict new voter ID laws. Here Jealous speaks on Jan. 16 at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C. for Martin Luther King Day.
Rainier Ehrhardt Reuters /Landov

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced it will appear before the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva next week to seek support for its fight against voter identification laws enacted in U.S. states.

The civil rights organization says the laws are among several measures adopted by some states that violate the human and civil rights of minority voters by suppressing their participation in elections.

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10:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Photo: Northern Lights Over Iceland

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 11:28 am

The Northern Lights in the sky Thursday above Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday.
Jonina Oskardottir AP

The solar storm that swept over Earth Thursday didn't seem to cause any major problems, as some had feared.

But the prediction that it would create some beautiful Northern Lights has proved to be quite true. The Associated Press has moved a quite striking photo taken Thursday on the east coast of Iceland.

If you see others, and good videos as well, share any links in the comments thread.

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10:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
Education

Questions Grow Over Race Discipline Report

The Department of Education's top civil rights official, Russlynn Ali, speaks with host Michel Martin about a new report. It finds students of color have less access to high-level classes, their teachers are often paid less than those of white students in same district, and suspension rates for black students are disproportionately high.

9:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Check Out This 7-Year-Old's Monster Trap

Audri, up close.
YouTube.com

If you have a few minutes, you might enjoy 7-year-old Audri Clemmons' Rube Goldberg machine.

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8:03am

Fri March 9, 2012
National Security

Drones Over America: What Can They See?

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 6:15 am

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station last November in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies — something we may see in just a few years. In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace.

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7:59am

Fri March 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA: Skin-Lightening Creams Pose Mercury Threat

FDA

What is it with heavy metals showing up in cosmetics?

First it was lead in lipstick. Now, the Food and Drug Administration warns that some beauty products made overseas contain mercury.

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7:45am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Salt

Insect Experts Issue 'Urgent' Warning On Using GM Seeds

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:28 pm

For America's agricultural biotech companies, the corn rootworm is threatening to turn into their worst nightmare.

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7:30am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

'Horrified' by Destruction She Saw, U.N. Humanitarian Chief Presses Syria

Feb. 11, 2012: some of the damage in the Baba Amr district of Homs, Syria.
AFP/Getty Images

There are stark words this morning from the U.N.'s top humanitarian affairs official about what she saw this week during a two-day visit to Syria. In a statement sent to reporters, Valerie Amos says, in part:

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7:27am

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Friday Political Grab Bag: Economy Adds More Jobs Than Experts Forecast Etc

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 7:50 am

In another sign that the economic recovery is deepening, the U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February, according to the Labor Department, more than what many economists had expected. Meanwhile, the jobless rate of 8.3 percent remained unchanged from the prior month even as more workers entered the workforce. The news kept alive a trend helpful to President Obama re-election chances.

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7:17am

Fri March 9, 2012
Economy

Will Improving Economy Bring Surge Of Job Seekers?

People waited in line to get into a job fair in Independence, Ohio, in November.
Tony Dejak AP

William Johnson, a graphic designer by trade, recalls with much bitterness the long, grinding job hunt that followed his 2007 pink slip in Milwaukee.

"There were some people I emailed or called 10 or 15 times," he says. "After a few years of that, not hearing back from people ... slowly but surely I just sort of gave up."

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