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February 21st, 2013
07:00 PM ET

The phone book: famous, historic, garbage

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) - The smell of a phone book is a very distinct and nostalgic one to me.

I remember them stacked neatly in my parents' front closet, pulled out excitedly on Friday nights to call and order pizza for the whole family. It was a go-to cure for anything that ailed you, whether your problem was a leaky toilet or a last minute babysitter, help was just a phone call away, and the Yellow Pages was where to find the number. FULL POST

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February 21st, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Budget cuts: "Plan B" via your gas tank

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – March first is approaching like a 18-wheel truck with no brakes. Both political parties have proposed plans to avoid forced budget cuts, or the sequester, yet neither seems to have much of a chance of surviving both chambers by the impending deadline.

Democrats would increase end some farm subsidies and increase some taxes.

[:26] Rep. Chris Hollen, D-MD says, “we shouldn't be giving tax breaks to big oil companies and we believe that we should apply the Buffet Rule to people making over two million dollars a year.”

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CNN Radio News Day: February 21, 2013
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria.
February 21st, 2013
04:38 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 21, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • It's been one week since model Reeva Steenkamp was found dead inside the home of her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius – the "Blade Runner" Olympian. He remains in jail on the charge of  premeditated murder.  Today's court hearing was adjourned until Friday with no decision yet on bail. CNN's Robyn Curnow says the Prosecution suffered a big blow when it was revealed that the lead police investigator was facing attempted murder charges himself in another case:

"The police actually say they knew about it, but they were letting justice take its course. A media report came out today exposing this and that's when they acted – and acted quite quickly. He's been removed from the Oscar Pistorius case and one of the country's top detectives has been put on to lead this case now. " FULL POST

February 21st, 2013
03:07 PM ET

How to kill a killer asteroid

By Nova Safo, CNN

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(CNN) - The meteor that wreaked havoc in Russia last week, shattering windows around a 50-acre area and injuring 1,200 people, was not as big as the asteroids that Dr. Bong Wie of Iowa State University is worried about.

He's researching how to stop one of the 400 asteroids scientists have discovered, which have some chance of crashing into Earth and potentially destroying a city.

Wie has gotten NASA’s attention with a plan that seems right out of the Hollywood blockbuster "Armageddon." He is working on a plan to bury a nuclear bomb into a potentially deadly asteroid and blow it up into tiny pieces:

[1:05] “Our plan is relatively simple. Using a nuclear device and using current spacecraft technology, we will be able to mitigate the impact threat from an asteroid with very short warning time.”

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February 21st, 2013
06:00 AM ET

It's not heaven, it's Nebraska

By Barbara Hall, CNN

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(CNN) – America's partisan political divide has led to persistent gridlock in Congress. In fact, the polarization is so profound that some Americans fear the federal government may soon be unable to perform even the most basic functions.

Partisan allegiance is also stifling efforts to compromise within state legislatures. But politics aren't quite as paralyzing in Nebraska.

Former Lieutenant Governor Kim Robak credits the unique, single-house legislature known as a unicameral:

[1:17] "We don't have the arguing and the gridlock and the vitriol that you see at the national level because of partisan politics."

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