6:52am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Breaking Bread Break The Deadlock In D.C.?

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:38 am

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., gave a thumbs-up Wednesday night after he and other GOP senators had dinner with President Obama.
Olivier Douliery/pool Getty Images

Wednesday night it was dinner with a small group of Republican lawmakers.

Thursday it's lunch with 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Next week, the president is due to have lunch with more Republican senators.

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6:26am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt's Locust Plague Threatens Israel

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 5:44 am

Locusts land on a sand dune in Negev Desert, southern Israel on Tuesday.
Ariel Schalit Associated Press

A swarm of locusts that began in Egypt and has crossed the border into Israel is inviting comparison to one of the Biblical plagues of Exodus.

The New York Times says the swarms are "like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh. Others with a more modern sensibility said it felt more like Hitchcock."

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6:12am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Today: First Key Votes On Gun Laws Since Newtown Shootings

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 9:52 am

Guns on display at a show in Fort Wayne, Ind., last month.
Brian Cassella MCT /Landov

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. One Measure Approved So Far:

"The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday making gun trafficking a federal crime as lawmakers cast the first vote in Congress to curb firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school," The Associated Press writes.

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5:42am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Mixed Signals: Jobless Claims Dip; Layoff Plans Rise

As we await Friday's much-anticipated report about the February unemployment rate and how many jobs were added to employers' payrolls last month, there are these new bits of economic data to chew over:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 340,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down from 7,000 the previous week. Claims continue at a pace that's the lowest since first-quarter 2008.

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5:33am

Thu March 7, 2013
KALW Almanac

Thursday March 7, 2013

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  • 66th Day of 2013 / 299 Remaining
  • 13 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:6:32
  • Sunset:6:10
  • 11 Hours 38 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:3:32am
  • Moon Set:2:07pm
  • Moon’s Phase:19 %
  • 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 g

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5:14am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Suspect In New York City Hit-And-Run Surrenders To Police

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:18 am

Julio Acevedo surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Timothy E. Wynkoop AP

Four days after a hit-and-run in Brooklyn that killed a young couple riding in a cab, suspect Julio Acevedo surrendered to police at a convenience store parking lot in Bethlehem, Pa.

The New York Times says:

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5:13am

Thu March 7, 2013

4:44am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Nearly 13 Hours Later, Sen. Paul Ends His Filibuster; Here's The Video

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:45 am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during his filibuster.
Senate Television AP

After nearly 13 hours during which he had only a few short breaks while sympathetic senators took over the talking, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky ended his filibuster of John Brennan's CIA nomination early Thursday.

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4:15am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Who's Afraid Of Sheryl Sandberg?

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:22 am

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks in December 2011 in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

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

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4:14am

Thu March 7, 2013
Animals

Arthritic Rabbit Benefits From Hydrotherapy

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The life of a rabbit isn't always a piece of carrot cake. Heidi is a 15-pound continental giant rabbit in Dorset who suffers from arthritis. So a month ago, her vet prescribed an unusual treatment for a rabbit: hydrotherapy. Twice a week, she's strapped into a little orange life vest and paddles in a heated pool. Her owner told the BBC that Heidi has taken to it like a duck to water. Heidi also loves her post-swim shower. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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