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March 3rd, 2008
06:17 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning!! We are 24 hours away from possibly knowing who the democratic front runner will be!!! You can cut the tension on the campaign trail with a knife.  Check out Raw Politics for the skinny... There are new details in the Utah ricin story and just a bizarre killing in Texas...some are calling it a 'Romeo and Juliet' reversal...So take a look at Crime & Punishment.  AND don't let your kid spike his hair, he just might be suspended... NOT kidding!!! So grab your coffee and let's get this headline party started...

Top Stories
Utah home searched in ricin case...
F.B.I. agents on Sunday searched a home and storage space in Utah for evidence that might explain why a man believed to have been exposed to ricin had the deadly substance and what he intended to do with it.

Car bombs in Iraq...
A pair of car bombings targeting Iraqi security forces killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens Monday morning in the Iraqi capital, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.

Bush silent on troop cuts...
President Bush declined Saturday to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before he leaves office, and underscored the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections in October.

Link between Equador and FARC...
Three captured computers from a deceased rebel leader document "tremendously revealing" and "very grave" links between Ecuador and Colombian rebels, the Colombian director of national police said late Sunday.

Russian elections...
Still, though the results were never in doubt, Mr. Medvedev’s future role very much is, given that the man who anointed him..

Raw Politics
Last ditch effort from Obama & Clinton...
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tried to convince Ohio voters they have what it takes to fix the economy as they campaigned before contests that could decide the Democratic presidential nomination.

McCain record...
Senator John McCain likes to present himself as the candidate of the “Straight Talk Express” who does not pander to voters or change his positions with the political breeze.

Inside the Clinton campaign...
As they mapped out a campaign schedule for Bill Clinton, top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton kept his time short in South Carolina. They were probably going to lose the state, they figured, and they wanted their most powerful surrogate to move on to Georgia, Alabama and other Southern states.

McCain looking to nail nomination...
John McCain looks to formally nail down the Republican presidential nomination this week, though he is already operating in one fall campaign mode: fending off opposition attacks.

Live from New York...
Like many of his fellow Americans, James Downey was a bit surprised to see Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, satirically protesting the treatment she has received from the news media.

'Super delegates' feel pressure...
Rhine McLin is a woman in demand. Actress Alfre Woodard has phoned McLin, the mayor of Dayton, to chat about Woodard's presidential choice, Barack Obama. So has Obama's wife, Michelle. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband each have tried twice to speak to McLin about the race, but the mayor won't return their calls. So many people want to bend McLin's ear that her phone messages at the office are littered on her chair, while her e-mail account and home answering machine are stuffed with entreaties.

Crime & Punishment
Texas murder...
A teenager has been formally charged in the killings of her mother and two young brothers, a crime that has left the family's tiny Texas town of Alba reeling.

Crack convicts could be free...
New sentencing guidelines were expected to lead Monday to the early release of more than a dozen federal inmates convicted on crack-cocaine charges.

Keeping Them Honest
13K claims of abuse at juvenile facility...
The Columbia Training School — pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside — has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Spiked hair gets kindergartner suspended...
A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk has been suspended from school.

Chinese youth getting hot and heavy...
The no-tell motels in Beijing's university districts pulsate with sex. Every weekend, lusty college couples make a beeline past greasy spoon restaurants and bootleg video game shops for the dim hotel lobbies to book three-hour blocks of privacy.

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