Open Thread: McClatchy News for Thursday, March 17, 2011

Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, March 17, 2011:


With helicopters and live fire, Bahrain cracks down on protests


Japan's crisis intensifies debate: Is nuclear worth it

U.S. officials: Japanese should widen nuclear evacuation zone

Japan nuclear crisis prompts China to halt plans for new plants

Toyota to match American workers donations for Japan relief

Florida sends radiation protection suits to Japan

El Salvador's long-ago civil war still colors U.S. relations

Lawyer: 'Blood money' bought CIA contractor's freedom

Aristide to return to Haiti by Friday

WikiLeaks beef: Mexico's Calderon wants U.S. ambassador out


Texas House approves handguns on college campuses bill

S.C. Lt. Gov. Ard charged with 92 ethics violations

Kansas Senate kills bill denying immigrants' children in-state tuition

EPA to limit coal-fired power plants' toxic emissions

Obama ducks transparency award, but reason isn't clear

Ex-Murkowski rival Joe Miller to hit paid speaking circuit


Imam Abdul Rauf touches on 'Ground Zero mosque' controversy during UNC talk

Poll: Californians support unions but also want pensions capped

Japan crisis impacts Alaska's economy

Three radiation monitoring units are headed to Alaska

Honey producers vote down tax plan

U.S. tops in world wine consumption


PBS plays a vital role in our society

Journalistic stings and ideologically-blinkered tricksters

We taxpayers have let NFL owners, players down

Voter ID will raise barriers to democracy

Rand Paul's toilet tantrum


Suits & Sentences: Arab League, Libya and skin in the game

Planet Washington: Michelle Obama to pen book on WH Garden

Mexico Unmasked: Turning a page on El Salvador's history


Please add your daily news links in the comments. Remember ... this is an open thread.


WASHINGTON — Britain and France with backing from the United States and at least two Arab nations, are prepared to launch airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces to protect civilians in rebel-held areas if the U.N. Security Council authorizes the operation, European and U.S. officials said.

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...this is gonna get messy.

Sion Milosky, 35, died Wednesday after wiping out at Maverick's in Northern California.

Definitely not a sport for the unadventurous.