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2:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Arizona guard Gabe York (1) pulls down a rebound as teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) watches during a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball tournament game against San Diego State, Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:44 am

Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?

Probably not. The college basketball tournament might become more professionalized, but it wouldn't look much different from what we're seeing right now.

"I don't see it changing one iota," says ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

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Parallels
2:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Made In China — But Was It Made In A Prison?

Products produced by prison labor in China are on display at the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C.
Shujie Leng NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:14 am

An Oregon woman was looking at her Halloween decoration last year when she found a letter written by an inmate from one of China's re-education-through-labor camps. The letter spoke of brutal forced labor in the camp.

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6:24 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash., has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

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6:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wet Weather Slows Search In Oso

Washington Air National Guardsmen methodically make their way through the mud and wreckage left behind by Saturday's mudslide in Oso, Wash.
Spc. Matthew Sissel, 122D PAOC Washington National Guard

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 2:11 pm

More wet weather Friday made for more slow-going in Oso as crews continue to search through the wreckage after last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

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5:54 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Crews Opt For More 'Methodical' Tactics As Wet Weather Slows Search

Maj. Tawny Dotson Washington National Guard

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 2:08 pm

Authorities today released the names of five victims of last weekend’s deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington. Seventeen people are dead, but many more are missing.

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5:46 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Crisis Response Dogs Are Important Tools For Victims Of Landslide

Pickles is Raquel Lackey's three-year-old, specially-trained crisis response dog.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Dogs are playing a unique role in the aftermath of the landslide in Snohomish County, Wash.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Defense Says FBI Wanted Marathon Bombing Suspect As Informant

Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2009.
Barcroft Media Barcroft Media /Landov

Defense attorneys for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say sometime before the bombing his older brother, Tamerlan, was approached by the FBI and was asked to be an informant.

In a letter from February made public in a motion filed in federal court today, the attorneys say the FBI made "more than one visit" to talk to Tamerlan and two of his associates.

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3:57 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Home Buyers Not Necessarily Warned Of Natural Hazards

Rescue workers are combing the site of a massive landslide near Oso, Wash.
Maj. Tawny Dotson Washington National Guard

The Oso landslide is raising questions about when the public should be warned of a geological hazard.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

GM Recalls More Cars Over Possible Faulty Ignition Switches

A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 4:35 am

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 small cars in the U.S., adding to the 1.37 million it recalled domestically last month, citing possible faulty ignition switches.

Worldwide, the latest announcement affects a total of 971,000 vehicles, on top of the 1.6 million recalled globally in February.

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3:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bureaucratic Snafu Delays Vietnam Vet's Medals For 44 Years

Leon Strigotte of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A Vietnam vet from north Idaho on Friday received nine military honors more than four decades overdue.

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