By Mark Memmott

Good morning.

Rescue, recovery and aid operations continue in Chile, where Saturday's powerful earthquake caused extensive damage -- though the death and destruction was checked by the country's modern building codes and disaster planning.

As we just reported, the situation seems especially serious in Concepcion, where bands of looters roamed the streets yesterday.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Morning Edition -- "Supreme Court To Hear Chicago Gun Rights Case". "The U.S. Supreme Court steps back onto the firing range, so to speak, as it takes up the controversial question of gun rights Tuesday. At issue is whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms puts constitutional limits on state and local laws as well as federal laws": NPR's Nina Totenberg reports:

From a related story by the Chicago Tribune: "On one side, gun-control groups argue that lifting the decades-old ban will increase the prevalence of guns and the level of violence that Chicago-area students such as Sanders face daily. On the other side, gun-rights groups have said the prohibition prevents law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. They also point out that the illegal gun trade has continued to flourish in Chicago despite the ban."

-- The New York Times -- Some Toyota Camrys That Were Not Recalled Also Had Problems, Data Show: "Toyota has recalled six million cars in the United States over concerns about sudden acceleration. But an analysis of government documents shows that many Toyota Camrys built before 2007, which were not subject to recalls, have been linked to a comparable number of speed-control problems as recalled Camrys."

From a related story by USA TODAY: "A majority of Americans think Toyota has failed to respond quickly enough to potential safety defects, and a significant minority -- 31% -- think it is unsafe now to be in a Toyota or Lexus, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll over the weekend."

From a related story by the Detroit Free Press: "Toyota's top engineer will tell a U.S. Senate committee this morning that the automaker's electronic engine controls have been designed with 'absolute reliability' and that Toyota does not believe the system has ever caused sudden unintended acceleration."

-- Detroit News -- "GM To Recall 1.3 Million Cars For Steering Fix": "General Motors will recall 1.3 million compact vehicles to correct a power steering problem, the company announced late Monday. ... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a preliminary investigation in late January into more than 905,000 Chevy Cobalts, after receiving more than 1,100 complaints from consumers related to power steering failures. In addition to the 2005-2010 Cobalts, GM also is recalling 2007-2010 Pontiac G5s, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac Pursuit models, sold in Canada, and the 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4, sold in Mexico."

-- Morning Edition -- "Marjah Effort Shows Values, Flaws Of Afghan Forces": While Afghans are leading in the planning of the operation against the Tailban in the southern Afghan crossroads of Marjah, they are not leading in the combat there. NPR's Tom Bowman reports:

From a related story by The Washington Post: "The initial phase of the military offensive in southern Afghanistan to wrest Marja from insurgent control has largely ended, but the more daunting task of building a credible government in the place of Taliban rule has just begun, according to senior U.S. and Afghan officials."

-- The New York Times -- "Paterson Is Said To Have Ordered Calls In Abuse Case": "Gov. David A. Paterson personally directed two state employees to contact the woman who had accused his close aide of assaulting her, according to two people with direct knowledge of the governor's actions. ... Mr. Paterson's office declined to comment on Monday, citing the pending investigation." In the wake of earlier revelations about the contacts with the accuser, Paterson, a Democrat, announced last week he would not run for the office in November.

-- Austin American-Statesman -- "It's Primary Day In Texas": Polls are open until 8 p.m. ET for primaries that include the hotly contested race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination between current Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

-- San Francisco Chronicle -- "Jerry Brown To Announce Bid For Governor Today".

categories: Afghanistan, Morning Roundup, National News, Supreme Court

7:55 - March 2, 2010