CNN Radio News Day: March 5, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he leaves Abu Dhabi on March 5, 2013.
March 5th, 2013
04:57 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 5, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up his first international trip as the nation's top diplomat. In a wide-ranging interview today with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty, he spoke about a number of issues including Syria, Iran and North Korea. Dougherty says Kerry plans to assert his independence:

“Kerry said that he was not brought in to be a ‘yes-man’ – that President Obama does want to hear differing opinions. And that’s what he’s going to present, whatever he sees.”

  • In the skies over New York yesterday, an Alitalia jet was on approach to JFK Airport when the pilot radioed the control tower to report seeing a drone aircraft. While FAA officials work to figure out what exactly it was, lawmakers in Washington  were having a different discussion about drones:

"The Congress has already required that the military get court approval before targeting an American citizen for surveillance, which has a lot less consequences than killing them, even in a foreign country. So why shouldn't that requirement extend to a targeted killing?" says U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte.

  • Currently only nine states grant marriage equality to same-sex couples. None of them in the South. As more and more northern states accept same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples in the South are weighing their options. Cameron Bridges and his partner are planning to move to a more welcoming state:

"I have friends that have already moved because of it. You know it's really interesting. For the most part more and more people are considering leaving areas that are not pro marriage equality to areas that do have marriage equality."

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