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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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

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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

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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.

5:25am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Former Gov. Mark Sanford, Stephen Colbert's Sister Advance After S.C. Primaries

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 5:31 am

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in 2009.
Davis Turner Getty Images

The race to fill South Carolina's 1st Congressional District has gotten quite a bit of attention. Mostly because of the cast of politicians vying for the seat vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley.

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5:14am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Scrambles For 'Plan B' Bailout

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 5:48 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she leaves a parliamentary session on Wednesday in Berlin.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Cypriot politicians are busy trying to come up with an alternative plan to raise the cash needed to stave off a collapse of its banking sector after they unanimously rejected an international bailout package that would have imposed a levy on the nation's savings accounts.

Here's a quick look at some of Wednesday's developments:

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4:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Arriving In Israel, Obama Reaffirms An 'Unbreakable Bond'

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 6:20 am

President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama landed in Israel this morning, marking the first time he visits the country as president.

"I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America's unwavering commitment to Israel's security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbors," Obama said during a welcoming ceremony at the Tel Aviv airport.

NPR's Larry Abramson, who's at the airport, just spoke to our Newscast unit. He said Obama was welcomed by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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4:42am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Jane Goodall Apologizes For Lifted Passages In Her New Book

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:56 am

Primatologist Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees in 1997 at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary near Nanyuki, north of Nairobi, Kenya.
Jean-Marc Bouju AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:54am

Wed March 20, 2013
NPR Story

Dramatic Testimony Marks Start Of Guatemalan Genocide Trial

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

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's hear now about a dramatic trial in Guatemala. That country's former dictator is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, stemming from the killings that happened in the early 1980s. Seventeen hundred indigenous Guatemalans - the Ixils people - died during one of the bloodiest periods of the country's three-decade-long war, a war that ultimately claimed more than 200,000 lives. At the time the U.S.-backed strongman, Ephraim Rios Montt, ruled the country.

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