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Monday, March 21, 2011

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Are American, British, and French warplanes out to smite Moammar Qaddafi? His compound in Tripoli was hit with missiles, but a U.K. official insists the focus remains clearing the way for Libya's rebels. But in one big battle since the strikes began, Qaddafi's forces prevailed. And now there's been growing criticism from United Nations members like Russia and China, who didn't support the intervention but also didn't block it.

In one shred of good news emerging from Libya, it's been announced that four New York Times journalists have been freed from custody and sent into Tunisia.

In Yemen, several prominent politicians and military leaders have resigned their posts and joined up with the demonstrators who have been massing for weeks, sometimes under fire, in hopes of deposing the man who has led their nation for 32 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Back home, nearly three dozen protesters were arrested outside a Marine base, following a tense standoff during a rally in which some 400 people denounced the U.S. government's harsh treatment of chief WikiLeaker Private Bradley Manning. Among those arrested? Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.

Japan's nuclear vigil: Electricity has been partially restored to the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, but smoke, heat, radiation, etc. continue to thwart workers trying to dampen the crisis. The tsunami's death toll and economic hit has been pretty devastating.

A Texas construction worker badly mangled
in an accident more than two years ago has received the first full FACE TRANSPLANT ever done on American soil. And the new health care law helped!

Google's Street View data-mining controversy has cost the company, but not really, after France slapped it with a teeny-tiny fine ($100,000 or so).

Another flyover-state conservative no one will remember (unless he wins the primary, of course) has made noise about challenging Barack Obama and a dozen other would-be GOP standard-bearers next year.

Anyone got a T-Mobile phone out there? If the merger with AT&T passes anti-trust muster, you'll probably have to trade 'em in.

And... another entry in an occasionally continuing Good Morning, News! series:

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