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March 1st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Chicago's gun ban battle

(CNN) – Chicago is the front line for a historic gun battle that's now being waged before the Supreme Court.

On one side, those who say their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms have been violated. On the other, parents and teachers who swear their city's handgun ban is saving lives on some very rough streets. Our Kate Bolduan has the report from Chicago's south side.

Filed under: Gun rights • Justice
March 1st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Dems could sidestep GOP to pass health care

(CNN) – President Obama talked about health care reform in his weekend Web address, saying "let's get this done." But it doesn't look like Thursday's summit did a thing to bring Congress closer to a compromise.

Democrats are now on the verge of taking a dramatic step, one that could leave Republicans powerless to stop the bill. Our Jim Acosta explains the process and its potential consequences.

Read more: Reconciliation showdown ahead on health care?

Filed under: Politics
March 1st, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Chilean Navy blamed for not sounding tsunami alarm

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="On Sunday, passers-by observe the remains of a destroyed building in Concepcion, Chile's hardest-hit major city."]

Concepcion, Chile (CNN) - Chile's defense minister has blamed the Navy for not issuing a tsunami warning after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the South American country.

Such a forewarning could have allowed villagers on the coast to flee to higher ground.

Of the 708 reported dead, 541 died in Chile's Maule region, and 64 in the Bio Bio region, both on the coast.

"The truth even if it hurts [is that] a division of the Navy made a mistake," Minister Francisco Vidal said.

After the quake initially struck, President Michelle Bachelet said a tsunami was unlikely.

More than 50 countries posted tsunami warnings, and Chilean authorities later realized the large waves that slammed coastal areas were tsunami-generated.

"What we saw between the sixth and the ninth region is a tsunami," Vidal said.

The Navy has an emergency system under which captains in each port may issue warnings when sea levels begin to rise. FULL STORY

Filed under: World
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