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Police and Northern Illinois University officials in DeKalb, Illinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shootings in an NIU classroom. Seven people including the gunman died and at least sixteen were injured. Twenty-one-year-old NIU senior Desiree Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire. She described bedlam in an interview with Chicago Spotnews. "Everyone dropped down to the ground. It's like a movie theater style seating. Uh, I could see people through the seats, I kinda like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then, we realized everyone was crawling out so I started to army-crawl out of there." The university president says the shooter was a former graduate student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the fourth shooting at a school in the U.S. within a week.

 

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

 

The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their objections and go along with the Senate plan. "Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately." The current surveillance legislation expires on Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

 

Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

 

Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out of the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called "a dangerous hour". McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. "Now we move forward together, for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have Governor Romney and the members of his team at my side." McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign helped him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsley, NPR News.

 

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary nine days after "Super Tuesday". She is now 56 votes behind Barack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates.

 

This is NPR News.

 

Angry Republicans boycotted a House vote yesterday, as two confidants of President Bush were held in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223-32 to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republicans walked out to a podium waiting on the Capitol steps. Minority leader John Boehner said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.

 

The head of the United Auto Workers union says he expects at least 15,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan Radio, Dustin Dwyer reports.

 

Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM that allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to get in the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm Dustin Dwyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

China is reporting a forecast-beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other countries and credit in China became tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists had expected.

 

I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Paul Brown.

Police in northern Illinois university officials in DeKalb, Illinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shootings in a NIU classroom. Seven people including the gunman died and at least sixteen were injured. Twenty-one-year old NIU senior D Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire. She described bedlam in an interview with Chicago Spot News.

"Everyone dropped down to the ground. It's like a movie theater style seating. Uh, I can see people through the seats, uh, kinda like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then, we realize everyone is calling out. I started to army crowd out of there."

The university president says the shooter was a former graduate student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the fourth shooting at a school in the US within a week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their rejections and go along with the Senate plan.

"Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately."

The current surveillance legislation expires Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out of the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called "a dangerous hour". McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. "Now we move forward together, for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have governor Romney and the members of his team at my side."

McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign helped him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee in / in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsle, NPR News.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary nine days after "Super Tuesday". She is now 46 votes behind Barrack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates.

This is NPR News.

Angry Republicans boycotted a House vote yesterday, as two confidants of President Bush were held in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223-32 to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republicans walked out to a podium waiting on the Capitol steps. Minority leader John Boehner said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.

The head of the United Auto Workers union says he expects at least 14,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan Radio, D W reports.

Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM head, allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to getting the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm D in A, Michigan.

China is reporting a forecast beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other countries and credit, and China became tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists had expected.

I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.
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Police in northern Illinois university officials in DeKalb, Illinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shootings in a NIU classroom. Seven people including the gunman died and at least sixteen were injured. Twenty-one-year old NIU senior D Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire. She described //in an interview with Chicago Spot News.

"Everyone dropped down to the ground. It's like a movie theater style seating. Uh, I can see people through the seats, //// like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then, we everyone realize is calling out. I started to army crowd out of there."

The university president says the shooter was a former graduated student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the fourth shooting at a school in the US within a week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his /// program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their rejections and go along with the Senate plan.

"Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately."

The current // expires Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. B N, NPR News, the Capitol.

Republican presidential rivals M Rand John Mc have put aside their differences. // McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott H reports.

R and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. R who dropped out of the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called "a dangerous hour". McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. "Now we move forward together, for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have governor Romney and the members of his team at my side."

McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign helped him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee in / in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott H, NPR News.

D H Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary nine days after "Super Tuesday". She is now 46 votes behind Barrack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates.

This is NPR News.

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Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM head, allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to getting the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm D in A, Michigan.

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Police in northern Illinois University officials in Dekalb, Illinois will talk to public leader today after yesterday’s shootings in the NIU classroom. 7 people including the gunmen died and at least 16 were injured. 21-year old NIU senior D.S was in the electoral hall when the gunmen open fire. She described to B. in interview with Chicago Spot News. “Everyone dropped down to the ground and it’s like movie theater style seating. Er, I can see people through the seats are kind of like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then we are, are realized that someone is calling outside, it’s that army called out of there.” The university president said the shooter was a former graduate student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind of the screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been canceled today. This is the forth shooting at the school and the U.S. within a week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his warrant less domestic eavesdropping program. NPR’s Brian Naylor reports.

The Senators in House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The differences is the Senate has included a immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging the illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their objections and go along with the Senate plan. “For Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship beside and pass a good bill, there is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately.” The current surveillance legislation expires Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the capital.

Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.

Romney and McCain fall out a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP Primary. But that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out of the presidential race last week sail McCain is capable of leading the country, and what he called “a dangerous hour”. McCain said he looks forward to Romney’s help as he moves forward with his own campaign. “Now we moved forward together was a good of our party and nation, and I’m honored, I am very honored to have governor around me and the members of his team at my side.” McCain said Romney’s intensive Primary campaign help him become a better candidate. He’s far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsley, NPR News.

Democratic Hilary Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic Presidential Primary, 9 days after the, after Super Tuesday. She’s now 56 votes behind Barrack Obama and delegates but appears to have lead among super delegates.

This is NPR News.

Angry Republican’s boycott had a House vote yesterday as two confidants of President Bush were holding contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of the Federal prosecutors. The vote was 223 to 32 to hold White House chief of staff J.B. and former While House Council H.A. in contempt. Republicans worked out to a podium waiting on the capital steps. Minority leader John B. said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.

The head of the United Auto Workers Union says he expects at least 15,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan radio, D.Wire reports.

Last year the UAW signed a new contract with GM that allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to get in the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it’s offering insiders worth up to $140,000 for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president R.G.. says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details in the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar by our programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I’m D.Wire, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

China is reporting a forecast beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other counties and credit in China became tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists have expected.

I’m Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.
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Police in northern Illinoil University officials in Dekalb Ilinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shooting in an NIU classroom. 7 people including the gunman died and at least 16 were injured. 21 year-old NIU senior Deserate Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire , She described bedlam in an interview with Chicago sport news. Everyone dropped down to the ground , It's like a movie theater style seating.Uh, I can see people through the seats,Uh, sarcasticlly . floor side with this girl for 2 seconds and then , we realize everyone is calling out. I started to army crowd out of there. The University president says the shooter was a former graduate students at northern Ilinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the 4th shooting in the school in the U.S. within the week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Conress to approve his warrant domsetic eavesedropping program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The senate and house have approved two different measures that would continue the program . The difference is the senate has included a immunity for phone companies that faced lawsuits charging they illegaly turned over records to the government after 911. The house does not have immunity in its bill , the president wants house lawmakers to drop their rejections and go along with the senate plan. Republic and Democrat in the senate can put partisanshipside. and passed a good bill . there is no reason why the house can not do the same and passed the senate bill immediately. The current surveiliance legislation expires Saturday but the president could continue the program untill this summer. Brain Naylor NPR News , the capitol.

Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences . Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona senator. NPR's Scott Horsely reports.

Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary. but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called a dangerous hour. McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. Now we move forward together for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have governor Romney and the members of his team at my side . McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign hlep him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remainning rivals Mike Huckabee and Roan Paul in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsle , NPR News.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of New Mexico democratic presidential primary 9 days after the efforts of Super Tuesday.
She is now 56 votes behind Barack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates. This is NPR News.

Angry republicans boycotted the house's vote yesterday as 2 confidantsof president's Bush were held in contem for failing to cooperate within an inquiry into the firing of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223 to 32 to hold white house chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former whitehouse counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republican walked out to a podium waiting on the capitol steps . Minority leader John Boehner said the house needed to be working on a foreign and intellignece surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress and and in the system of checks and of balances .

The head of united Auto workers uinon says he expects at least 1500 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. Form Michigan radio, Dustoned wire reports.

Last year the UAW signed a new contract with GM head, allows the company to hire about 1600 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But getting the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So it's offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 1500 and 2000 workers to accept the deals . A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whtether to accept . Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm Dusten Wire in hand In A, the Michigan.

China is reporting a forecast beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other countries and credit, and China beceame tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists had expected. I'm Paul Brown, NPR News Washington.
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Police and Northern Illinois University officials in DeKalb, Illinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shootings in an NIU classroom. Seven people including the gunman died and at least sixteen were injured. Twenty-one-year-old NIU senior Desiree Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire. She described bedlam in an interview with Chicago Spot News.

"Everyone dropped down to the ground. It's like a movie theater style seating. Uh, I can see people through the seats, uh, kinda like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then, we realize everyone is calling out so I started to army-crawl out of there."

The university president says the shooter was a former graduate student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the fourth shooting at a school in the US within a week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their objections and go along with the Senate plan.

"Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately."

The current surveillance legislation expires Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out of the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called "a dangerous hour". McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. "Now we move forward together, for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have governor Romney and the members of his team at my side."

McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign helped him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee in / in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsley, NPR News.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary nine days after "Super Tuesday". She is now 56 votes behind Barack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates.

This is NPR News.

Angry Republicans boycotted a House vote yesterday, as two confidants of President Bush were held in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223-32 to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republicans walked out to a podium waiting on the Capitol steps. Minority leader John Boehner said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.

The head of the United Auto Workers union says he expects at least 15,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan Radio, Dustin Dwyer reports.

Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM that allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to get in the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm Dustin Dwyer in A, Michigan.

China is reporting a forecast beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other countries and credit in China became tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists had expected.

I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.
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Police and Northern Illinois University officials in DeKalb, Illinois will talk to the public later today after yesterday's shootings in an NIU classroom. Seven people including the gunman died and at least sixteen were injured. Twenty-one-year-old NIU senior Desiree Smith was in the lecture hall when the gunman opened fire. She described bedlam in an interview with Chicago Spotnews.

"Everyone dropped down to the ground. It's like a movie theater style seating. Uh, I could see people through the seats, I kinda like locked eyes with this girl for two seconds and then, we realized everyone was crawling out so I started to army-crawl out of there."

The university president says the shooter was a former graduate student at northern Illinois who stepped from behind a screen in the classroom and started firing. Classes have been cancelled today. This is the fourth shooting at a school in the US within a week.

President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to Africa if necessary to push Congress to approve his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their objections and go along with the Senate plan.

"Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately."

The current surveillance legislation expires Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in Boston yesterday. Romney who dropped out of the presidential race last week said McCain is capable of leading the country in what he called "a dangerous hour". McCain said he looks forward to Romney's help as he moves forward with his own campaign. "Now we move forward together, for the good of our party and the nation, and I'm honored, I'm very honored to have Governor Romney and the members of his team at my side."

McCain said Romney's intensive primary campaign helped him become a better candidate. He is far ahead of his remaining rivals Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul in the race for the GOP nomination. Scott Horsley, NPR News.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary nine days after "Super Tuesday". She is now 56 votes behind Barack Obama in delegates but appears to have a lead among super delegates.

This is NPR News.

Angry Republicans boycotted a House vote yesterday, as two confidants of President Bush were held in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223-32 to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republicans walked out to a podium waiting on the Capitol steps. Minority leader John Boehner said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.

The head of the United Auto Workers union says he expects at least 15,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan Radio, Dustin Dwyer reports.

Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM that allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to get in the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm Dustin Dwyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

China is reporting a forecast-beating trade surplus for January even as economic growth slowed in other countries and credit in China became tighter. Chinese imports and exports both grew faster than economists had expected.

I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.
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