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Gadhafi Forces Bomb Rebels

The New York Times says fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi bombed rebel areas in north central Libya, like Ras Lanuf. The town's oil refinery was not attacked. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro tells Morning Edition rebels are unorganized and the rebel government isn't offering clear direction.

She talked to Idris el-Sharif, who started by coordinating humanitarian needs in the rebel held area and ended up trying to feed the rebel army.

El-Sharif: The coordination is not very good right now. This started as a proetst movement and no one knew they'd end up having to run a country. It's difficult to get people to talk to each other.

DEADLY CAR BOMBING IN PAKISTAN

Devastation from a car bomb at a gas station in Faisalabad, Pakistan on March 8, 2011. Khalil ur Rehman/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Devastation from a car bomb at a gas station in Faisalabad, Pakistan on March 8, 2011.

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The AP says a car bomb exploded and killed at least 20 people in eastern Pakistan. The New York Times says the bomb went off at a gas station and more than 100 people are hurt.

AMBASSADOR GARY LOCKE?

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

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Several reports say President Obama will tap his current Commerce Secretary to succeed Jon Huntsman as U.S. Ambassador to China. As Frank writes for It's All Politics, Obama must also decide who'll replace Locke, who's headed Commerce for two years. Locke, a third generation Chinese American, was Washington state governor for two terms.

WARNER BROS. FIRES CHARLIE SHEEN

The studio terminated its relationship with the troubled star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" on Monday, issuing a letter to Charlie Sheen's lawyer. The Los Angeles Times reports the letter says Sheen's 'erratic behavior' violates his contract and notes the low points, such as illegal drug use and furnishing drugs to others. The Los Angeles Times has the letter:

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Charlie Sheen

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"There is ample evidence supporting Warner Bros. reasonable good faith opinion that Mr. Sheen has committed felony offenses involving moral turpitude ... that have interfered with his ability to fully and completely render all material services required" under his contract.

From Dictionary.com - 'turpitude': vile, shameful or base character; depravity.

Sheen says he'll sue. There's no word on whether Warner Brothers plans to continue the hit television series next year.


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