7:01am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

14,253.77: Dow Rallies, Finishing In Record Territory

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 2:36 pm

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this week.
Brendan McDermid Reuters /Landov

Update at 4:09 p.m. ET. A New Record:

The Dow Industrials finished in record territory today. Gaining 89 points, it closed at 14,253.77, its highest level since Oct. 9,2007.

That is, the Dow has recovered all the losses it suffered during the Great Recession.

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6:34am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Man Linked To Hit-And-Run Deaths Of Parents And Baby Has Long Rap Sheet

Julio Acevedo, the suspect in a car crash that killed a couple and later the baby that the pregnant mother was carrying, in an undated New York Police Department photo.
Reuters /Landov

The man who authorities want to question about Sunday's hit-and-run car crash in Brooklyn that killed a young couple and the baby that the 21-year-old pregnant mother was carrying has "a history of violence and a prior drunken driving arrest," The Associated Press writes.

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5:52am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chavez Takes Turn For The Worse

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 6:10 am

A "proof of life" photo shows Chavez with his daughters, released Feb. 15 by Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Uncredited AP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been battling cancer for months, is in a "very delicate" condition, with breathing difficulties and a severe respiratory infection, a government statement says.

The statement, read out Monday by Minister of Communications Ernesto Villegas, spells out the 58-year-old socialist leader's decline since his December surgery in Cuba for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic area:

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5:38am

Tue March 5, 2013
KALW Almanac

Tuesday March 5, 2013

1770
  • 64th Day of 2013 / 301 Remaining
  • 15 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:6:35
  • Sunset:6:08
  • 11 Hours 33 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:1:48am
  • Moon Set:11:57am
  • Moon’s Phase: 39 %
  • 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

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5:38am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

At The Vatican, 'No Rush' To Set Conclave; And A Fake Bishop Tries To Get In

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 8:17 am

That's not a real bishop on the left: A man later identified as Ralph Napierski of Germany (at left) posed with Cardinal Sergio Sebiastiana and others on Monday at the Vatican. Napierski was an imposter. He was later escorted from the area by Swiss Guards.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Roman Catholic cardinals are in "no rush" to set the date for the start of their conclave that will choose the next pope, a Vatican spokesman told reporters Tuesday.

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4:10am

Tue March 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Wash. Lawmaker Apologizes For Cyclist Comment

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 4:15 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. When Washington state lawmakers proposed a new tax on bikes, the owner of several bike shops protested and ended up in an email argument with a Republican lawmaker, who shot back a novel claim.

State Sen. Ed Orcutt argued that cyclists pollute just by breathing. It is true that a heavy breathing cyclist will emit more carbon dioxide than a person who's just sitting. Orcutt did reconsider, and apologized.

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

4:05am

Tue March 5, 2013
World

U.S.: Diplomats Shouldn't Drink Before Budget Meeting

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a call for a reform at the United Nations.

Joseph M. Torsella represents the United States on the U.N. budget committee. He says it's a tough budget process, complicated by diplomats who show up drunk. Ambassador Torsella made, quote, "the modest proposal that the negotiating room should be inebriation-free." He says he wants this, even though sloshed negotiators have provided the U.S. with, quote, "strategic opportunities." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:00am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Male Authors Still Get Far More Coverage, Survey Shows

Author Jennifer Weiner, who has been outspoken about gender bias in book coverage in the media, pictured in 2005.
Evan Agostini Getty Images

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

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2:18am

Tue March 5, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 4:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a ketchup jackpot.

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MONTAGNE: Last month, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and a private equity firm announced they were buying Heinz for $29 billion. Now we're learning what the deal means for Heinz's CEO, William Johnson.

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2:18am

Tue March 5, 2013
Asia

National People's Congress Opens, Prepares For Leadership Change

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:54 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. As he prepares to step down, China's prime minister today delivered his version of a state of the union address. He got a big boost in military funding, one that outpaces expected economic growth.

NPR's Louisa Lim has been gauging the mood of China's new leaders, both inside and outside of the Great Hall of the People.

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