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2:24pm

Sat March 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 3:09 pm

A cross with the words "Promises Made"-- referring to statements from BP and government officials — stands in front of a pile of crosses symbolizing things that were impacted by the spill, in a front yard in Grand Isle, La.
Patrick Semansky AP

Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

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12:47pm

Sat March 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Mormon Leaders Warn Followers To Stop Controversial Baptisms

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 11:00 am

The sun sets behind the Mormon Temple, the centerpiece of Temple Square, in Salt Lake City.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Mormons around the world are getting this warning Sunday: Stop posthumous baptisms of "unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."

"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors," says a letter to be read in every Mormon congregation. "Those whose names are submitted for proxy [baptisms] should be related to the submitter."

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11:00pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:59 am

Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes cause major damage Friday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.

At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)

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3:38pm

Fri March 2, 2012
U.S.

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 3:46 pm

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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3:25pm

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Widespread Tornadoes Across Tennessee And Ohio Valleys Leave Three Dead

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:59 am

Stanley Nelson looks at what is left of his home after a possible tornado hit the Canebrake subdivision on Friday in Athens, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Yet another line of extreme weather is cutting across a wide swath of the country today. On Wednesday, tornadoes pounded some of the same areas and caused 13 deaths.

The AP reports that 14 people have been killed in southern Indiana. (Keep in mind that in these situations, this number is bound to change.)

RTV 6 in Indianapolis reports that authorities are still trying to get a handle on the damage.

The local station reports:

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