Mar 6, 2012

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Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized…

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NFL probes coach over bounty payments

Mar 5, 2012
NFL investigators meet with former New Orleans Saints defensive coach, Gregg Williams. Fallout from the bounty scandal could taint the NFL.
The New Orleans Saints huddle on the field against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional playoff game on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. The team is in the limelight because of a bounty scandal.
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Super PAC money no help building campaign organizations

Mar 5, 2012
Super PACs are not allowed to spend the millions they take in on campaign organizations. Some cash-rich Super Tuesday candidates were so organization poor they couldn't collect enough signatures to get on ballots in all ten states.

A new civil rights march in Alabama this week

Mar 5, 2012
African-Americans and Latino activists march this week from Selma to Montgomery to protest voter ID laws and Alabama’s new immigration measures.

Gas prices drop slightly, but could still rise

Mar 6, 2012
The national average for a gallon of gasoline dipped today after about a month of steady increases. At the same time, tension with Iran could push those back up.

Legalize drugs? VP Biden says no.

Mar 6, 2012
In Mexico, Vice President Biden signals the administration is not open to changing drug policy.

PODCAST: The Oreo's centennial, gas prices (slightly) lower

Mar 6, 2012
Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized…
Today, the Oreo cookie celebrates its 100th birthday.
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U.S. homeowners to get a few new lifelines

Mar 6, 2012
President Obama reportedly plans to announce some new help for hurting homeowners. There's word one part of the plan would make it cheaper to refinance mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

Is China's slow growth estimate a bad thing?

Mar 6, 2012
Markets reacted badly to China cutting its growth estimate to 7.5% but changes could allow Chinese consumers to buy more of their own products.

Parish priest in Ireland reflects on country's bailout

Mar 6, 2012
After 15 years of the "Celtic Tiger," Ireland has faced rough financial times in recent years. But can Greece and other European countries learn a thing or two from its experience?

Tornado influx hurts communities in South, Midwest

Mar 6, 2012
They're mourning loved ones and assessing damage across the Midwest and South this week, in the aftermath of as many as 80 tornadoes, that left 40 people dead.

The value of learning a foreign language

Mar 6, 2012
New data shows that Europeans are rushing to learn German as the country remains the strongest in the European Union. Do language trends always follow the money?

Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren’t able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized for running a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents. China’s announcement that its economy will have slower days ahead set global markets into a tizzy yesterday; investors are now worried dark days are ahead for everyone else, too.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC