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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Nora Raum.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama swept all the Democratic contests yesterday. He won caucuses in Nebraska, Washington State and Virgin Island and in Louisiana Primary. From New Orleans, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

In all the states voting yesterday Obama didn't just win he beat New York Senator Hillary Clinton by a substantial margin. An Louisiana exit polls indicated that half the Democrats who voted were black and they overwhelmingly supported Obama. Obama spoke in New Orleans this week, Hillary Clinton did not campaign here but she did send her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Obama also won big/ in states with fewer minority voters Nebraska and Washington. Both Obama and Clinton are now turning their focus on Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC which hold their primaries next Tuesday. On the Republican side although Arizona Senator John McCain appears a likely nominee, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee scored a big win yesterday in Kansas. Greg Allen NPR News, New Orleans.

Huckabee also won the Republican primary in Louisiana but not by enough to pick up the 20 delegates. He will be allocateed at a state convention next week. The Associate Press is reporting that John McCain did win the Republican caucuses in Washington State.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged NATO allies today to share more of the burthen in fighting Islamic's militants in Afghanistan. Speaking to a security conference in Munich, Gates said the threat of violent Islamic extremists is real and is not going to go away 'Imaging if Islamic terrorists had managed to strike your capitals on the same scale as they struck in New York. Imaging if they have laid their hands on weapons and materials with even greater destructive capability. Weapons of the sort all too easily accessible in the world today. We forget of our parole that the ambition of Islamic extremists is limited only by opportunity.' Gates said NATO mustn't become a two-tiered lines of those willing to fight and those who were not.

The astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis are taking an extra day to work around a number of problems, the spacecraft docked to the International Space Station yesterday. Pat Duggins of member station WMFE reports.

Astronaut Hans Schlegel was recovering from what NASA describes as a medical issue. He was scheduled the head out on the mission's first spacewalk to help prepare the European built Columbus lab for since relation on the Space Station. That work session is now set for Monday and astronaut Stanley Love steps in inferslago. The astronaut's illness isn't the only concern. NASA engineers also troubled shooting a bosky made computer on Atlantis and a tear in a wide heat protection blanket on the right the Shuttle's tail rudder. A similar rip on a previous shuttle mission was fixed by a spacewalker who was eventually outside with the surgical stable gun from the astronaut's medical kit. The main goal of Atlantis's flight is to deliver the multi-billion dollar Columbus module. It's the European Space Agency's main contribution at the Space Station. For NPR News, I'm Pat Duggins in Orlando.

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Tests on the new call process at a Pennsylvania power plant show promise for reducing mercury pollution. Fred Kight from member station WOUB has this story.

Take some low great call from Wyoming and high sought for call from Ohio mix them together burned them and what do you get ? A cleaner fuel according to the Evergreen Energy Company which says recently completely test burned of bland reduce mercury emissions of the plant nearly 82%. This news came out as a federal court struck down the Bush administration approach to limiting mercury emissions. The propose rule would have allowed power plans to buy credits from cleaner power plants rather than install their own emission controls. The court decision said the government fail to adequately considered the policy's effect on public health and the environment. For NPR New, I'm Fred Kight in Athens, Ohio.

At least ten people were trampled to death at a concert in Indonesia last night. Authorities say hundreds of pepole try to leave the punk rock performance at same time causing a panic and the stampede. Dozens were injured. Most of the concert goers were teenagers.

The military government of Myanmar announced last night they will hold a general election in 2010. It also said will hold a vote on a new constitution in May, saying the time has now come to change from military rule to democratic civilian rule. The last election in the country also known as Burma was 1999. The national lead for democracy won but the military refused to hand over power. The head of that party Aung Thang Sui Chui has been imprisoned or under house rest for 12 of the last 18 years.

I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.
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