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CNN Radio News Day: January 31, 2013
Israeli soldiers patrol along the Israel-Lebanon border on January 31, 2103 a day after an overnight Israeli strike in the Lebanon-Syria border area.
January 31st, 2013
05:12 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 31, 2013

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  • The crisis in Syria has long since spilled across the country's borders, with an estimated 600,000 Syrians taking refuge in neighboring countries. But the situation in this part of the world had a new twist late Wednesday, after Israeli fighter jets apparently struck a target inside Syria. CNN's Sara Sidner in Jerusalem cites unconfirmed reports from her sources that the strike was on a research facility where large missiles were being converted into smaller weapons for easier transport:

"What Israel and many many countries have been concerned about is that Syria has been handing over some of those weapons, over the border of Lebanon, into the hands of Hezbollah, a sworn enemy of Israel."       

  • President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary faced tough questioning today in Washington. Chuck Hagel appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee as his confirmation hearings got underway. Republicans have raised concerns about some of Hagel's past statements on topics like Israel, Iran, and the war in Iraq. But Hagel was able to make points about his world view:

"I think we need to be cautious about our power.  I think we need to be wise about our power."

  • In 1948, the crash of a DC-3 in central California killed four crew members and 28 Mexican citizens onboard. The citizens, who had been taking part in a guest worker program,  were laid to rest -unnamed – in a mass grave. Now, many decades later, the dead are getting the respect and recognition they deserved. Carlos Rascon, the director of Catholic Cemeteries for the archdiocese of Fresno, did the work to find their names:

"There's a resolution and that final piece of putting the names of the people is coming together."

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