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President Obama is urging congress to compromise to avoid the upcoming across the board spending cuts known as the sequester. In his weekly media address, Obama says if the sequester takes effect, hundreds of thousands of people will be hurt, from teachers to airline controllers. In the republican's media response, senator John Hoevan of North Dakota urged the president to approve the key stone exile pipeline. He says promoting the pipeline will create new jobs and help expand the economy.
Rallies are going on across the country in what organizers call, a nationwide day of resistance to support the second amendment. NPR's Allison Keyes tells US demonstrators want to protect their gun rights.
At one such rally in Concord, New Hampshire. "Lay free; Lay Free."
Protesters cheered and clapped as speaker, such as Jeff Checkster, word their opposition to president Obama's 23 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence.
"From my cold dead hands, they will not take what is yours."
Organizers say they chose the date partly because the 223 as the caliber of ammunition the gun crowd will recognize. But they say they did not intend to capitalize on recent mass shootings. That caliber of ammunication was used in both the Sandy Hook and Aurora shooting. Allison Keyes NPR News.
Obama administration healthcare officials are holding firm on the provision in the health care law that limits the difference in premiums that can be charged to older and to younger adults. As NPR's Julie Rovner reports there is reaction on both sides of the debate.
Currently many states to allow insurers to charge older often sick adults as much as five times more than younger usually healthier people. Under the health law, starting next year, older people can be charged no more than three time as much. Insurer say that will lead to something called rich shock from younger people, will have to pay higher rates just they are being required to to purchase coverage for the first time. Groups representing younger people, saying many may pay the loss fine rather than buying insurance. But the AARP was pleased the administration opted not to feeze in the change. It's said too many older people are ready to have trouble paying for their own insurance. Julie Rovner NPR News, Washington.
Officials say there are now six tanks leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. The Energy Department says there is no immediate threat to public health. However the news is triggering new calls for attention to the Hanford nuclear site. Cleanup efforts are billions of dollars over budget and they are behind schedule . The tanks that are holding radioactive waste are much older than their 20-year life span. Oregon senator Ron Wyden says he will ask for an investigation into Hanford's tank monitoring and maintenance programs.
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An Egyptian opposition leader is calling for a boycott of Egypt's parliamentary election. The elections are scheduled to begin in later April. As NPR's Leila Fadel reports Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei called for a boycott on twitter to quote exposed shamed democracy in Egypt. But as he added that he also calls for a boycott during the 2010 elections under the ex-dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Egypt's parliamentary elections are scheduled in the midst of political crisis. Protests against Islamist presient Mohamed Morsi have been ongoing for nearly a month. In the canal city of Port Said, residents are conducting a mess campaign of civil disobedience, and have repeatedly tried to shut down the port. Morsi's critics accused him of failing to rule inclusively, failing to reform a corrupt system and of using dictatorial methods. Leila Fadel, NPR news, Cairo.
There has been more fighting in Mali, forces from Chad, where a part of the African contingent, assisting French troops, say they killed 65 Islamist militants in northern Mali. Official say 13 Chadian soldiers died, and six were hurt. There are about 1800 Chadian troops participating in the French led military intervention that started last month in Mali. Troops are trying to push Islamist fighters out of country.
Microsoft has found and fixed the problem experienced yesterday with its online data store service. People were unable to access the site used by business customers. Microsoft says that the problem was a security certificate that lapsed which the company's now renewed. Microsoft also says it was recently hacked. Software company says has found no evidence that any customer data stolen.
I'm Korva Coleman, NPR News in Washington.
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