7:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 11:25 am

Workers at a Suntech plant in Wuxi last month.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The future doesn't look so bright for China-based Suntech, one of the world's largest makers of solar panels: On Wednesday, it was forced into bankruptcy after missing a $541 million payment to bondholders.

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7:40am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

President Obama Predicts Indiana Will Win NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 8:21 am

Christian Watford of the Indiana Hoosiers moves against Frank Kaminsky of the Wisconsin Badgers during a semifinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 16, 2013.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

"I'm going Big Ten, this year," President Obama told ESPN this morning, while he filled out his NCAA tournament bracket.

The bottom line: Obama picked Indiana, Florida, Louisville and Ohio State to advance to the final four.

Obama predicted the championship game will be played between Louisville and Indiana, which he called the "two best teams."

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6:48am

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Ideas To Cut ER Expenses Could Backfire

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:58 am

Wilfred Mobley pushes a patient to the radiology department at the University of Miami Hospital in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Cash-strapped states are coming up with an appealingly simple fix for soaring Medicaid costs: Don't pay for emergency room visits for people who aren't sick enough to be there.

There's a problem, though. It's almost impossible to figure out who's sick enough and who isn't at the moment they walk in the door, researchers say.

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6:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Though It Doesn't Feel Like It In Parts Of The Country, It's Really Spring!

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 6:58 am

A snow-covered cherry blossoms at the Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.
Li Xin Xinhua /Landov

Don't tell Chicago, Buffalo or Minneapolis — which will see high temperatures just in the 20s, today — but at 7:02 a.m. ET., the Earth's axis was neither tilted from nor toward the sun, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

So: Happy spring equinox!

The National Weather Service provides this explanation for what's happening with the Earth's orbit:

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6:32am

Wed March 20, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/20

No family for this politician

Rahul Gandhi
www.adilmohdblog.com

In India, having a close family leads to suspicion.

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5:51am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Colo. Department Of Corrections Chief Shot And Killed At His Home

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 9:08 am

This undated image provided by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows its director Tom Clements.
Uncredited AP

The head of Colorado's Department of Corrections was shot and killed after answering the front door of his home.

Gov. John Hickenlooper made the announcement in an email sent to corrections employees.

"I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it," Hickenlooper wrote.

The AP reports:

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5:46am

Wed March 20, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday March 20, 2013

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  • 79 Day of 2013 / 286 Remaining
  • The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:11
  • Sunset:7:22
  • 12 Hours 11 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:1:08pm
  • Moon Set:2:52am
  • Moon’s Phase:60 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • March 27 @ 2:30am
  • Full Worm Moon
  • Full Crust Moon
  • Full Lenten Moon
  • Full Crow Moon
  • Full Sap Moon

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to

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5:40am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

South Korea Eyes Pyongyang After Possible Cyber Attack

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:40 am

Members of the Korea Internet Security Agency check on cyberattacks at a briefing room Wednesday.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Computer networks at South Korea's three main broadcasters and major banks crashed simultaneously Wednesday, leading to speculation that it was caused by a North Korean cyberattack.

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency:

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5:31am

Wed March 20, 2013
Around the Nation

Arizona State's Sun Devil To Get Another Makeover

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with an update on Sparky, the Arizona State Sun Devil. The university mascot is a devil with a pitchfork and horns. He got a makeover with help from Disney. But as we've reported, this effort to make a friendlier, more accessible devil created a monster. Many students hate the new Sparky with an almost religious fervor, so the university has surrendered. Authorities will re-redesign the devil costume and let alumni and others vote on the design.

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5:25am

Wed March 20, 2013
Around the Nation

$3 Flee Market Find Proves Valuable

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:03 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

We hear, occasionally, about a flea market find that turns out to be a valuable work of art. This morning the tale of a tiny Chinese bowl, pretty and looking like an open blossom. It was bought for $3 at a tag sale in New York. The bowl sat for several years on a mantel before the owner wondered where it came from, turns out the Song Dynasty a thousand years ago. Yesterday, the bowl sold at auction for $2.25 million.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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