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Libyan Rebels Forced Back

Libyan rebel fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by a fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on Monday. i i

Libyan rebel fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by a fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on Monday. Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Libyan rebel fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by a fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on Monday.

Libyan rebel fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by a fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on Monday.

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NPR's Peter Kenyon tells Morning Edition there have been at least two airstrikes on the Libyan coastal town of Ras Lanuf. It lies between the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi and Tripoli, controlled by Moammar Gadhafi and his fighters. The Gadhafi loyalists may have come from the next town over, Bin Jawwad; the New York Times says Gadhafi fighters there pushed out rebels, using tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.

Peter says the rebel fighters in Ras Lanuf are young and hot headed and rebel commanders have trouble keeping discipline to put together a cohesive fighting force.

GATES MAKES UNANNOUNCED AFGHAN VISIT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. i i

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Kabul to talk with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on an unannounced trip. The AP reports both men want the U.S. military to remain engaged in Afghanistan after the end of planned combat operations in 2014. Gates arrives amidst Afghan anger over a NATO airstrike last week that killed nine Afghan children. The BBC says Karzai rejected an apology from U.S. Gen. David Petraeus as "not enough".

IT'S NOT SPRING YET

The National Weather Service says parts of eastern New York could get 16 inches of snow from the latest storm. The Syracuse Post-Standard says the city airport got more than seven inches of snow yesterday; it's likely to set a record. So far this season, Syracuse has gotten 167.2 inches of snow.

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO - FIRE IN THE HOLE!

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The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says a new vent broke open on the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. CNN says lava spewed 80 feet into the air as the floor of the crater dropped nearly 400 feet on Sunday in about three hours. The U.S. Geological Service says Kilauea is 'perhaps the world's most active volcano'. The agency has a volcano-cam here, with sporadic live action.

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