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February 25th, 2008
06:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning Folks!!! Happy Monday!! Lots of headlines to chew over this morning...so grab your coffee and lets just get right to it....

Top Stories
Indonesia quake...
A powerful earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site reported.

NY Philharmonic arrives in North Korea...
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra arrived in North Korea Monday to perform a historic concert in the secretive communist nation's capital.

Editor's Note: Christiane Amanpour reports from North Korea tonight on AC360

Cuba gets new President...
Raul Castro, Cuba's first new president in nearly half a century, crushed hopes that a new generation would shape the country's future by promising to defer to his ailing brother Fidel and the Communist Party's old guard on major matters.

Raw Politics
Dean rips McCain...
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean accused Republican presidential front-runner John McCain of trying to skirt campaign finance laws Sunday by trying to opt out of public financing for his primary campaign.

Obama questioned about his patriotism...
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended himself and his wife Sunday against suggestions that they are insufficiently patriotic.

Nader is in...
Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a "Jeffersonian revolution."

Editor's Note: Ralph Nader is LIVE tonight on Ac360

Clinton looks for ways to attack Obama...
With her White House prospects in jeopardy, Hillary Rodham Clinton has shifted from one tactic to another in trying to overtake rival Barack Obama.

Conservative distrust of John McCain...
Back in 2005, Senator John McCain of Arizona and fellow members of the so-called Gang of 14 were hailed as heroes in some quarters when they fashioned an unusual pact that averted a Senate vote on banning filibusters against judicial nominees.

Hushed worry about Obama safety...
There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama,echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?

V.P. buzz...
Energy policy, health care and highways were the top issues on the agenda of the National Governors Association here Sunday, but many governors were consumed with presidential politics, buzzing about the possibility that the next vice president would come from their ranks.

Who will be ready on DAY ONE?
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain all boast about their preparation and credentials for the Oval Office–and their ability to, as Clinton has called it, be "ready on Day One to solve our problems."

Crime & Punishment
Sean Bell trial begins...
On the morning of her wedding day, Nicole Paultre Bell learned her groom-to-be was dead.

15 year old shot reportedly for being gay...
Two days before a shotgun-wielding shot 21 students inside a lecture hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University, taking the lives of five people as well as his own, 15-year-old Lawrence "Larry" King was shot in the head at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California, reportedly for being gay. He was in the eighth grade.

Editor's Note: Dan Simon report will have a report on this on AC360 tonight 

Keeping Them Honest
New Runway system could save lives...
As an American Airlines jet readied for takeoff on the runway at this city's airport recently, red lights embedded in the pavement at intersecting taxiways down the field blinked on, warning other aircraft to stay clear.

Impact of beef recall...
The nation's largest meat recall could grow into its largest food recall as companies destroy products with any amount of the 143 million pounds of beef recalled last week.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
And the Oscar goes to...
Oscar said yes to "No Country for Old Men" and to European actors on Sunday night.

And the Oscar didn't go to...
In a series of startling upsets and a few expected triumphs, almost all of the top Oscars were handed to foreigners and iconoclastic show business outsiders.

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