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Stories for February 23, 2013

NASCAR Crash Sends Car Debris Into The Stands At Daytona

Feb. 23
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More than two dozen NASCAR spectators were injured Saturday when a car crashed into the fence and sent car parts hurling into the stands at Daytona, officials said in a news conference. The multi-car accident hit on the last lap of the Nationwide Series opener, a day before the Daytona 500.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Feb. 23
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Ai Weiwei, arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era, burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations — such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside the Tate Modern — and designed the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. Learn about this inscrutable bearded visionary who, at heart, is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the government’s oppression of the Chinese people through rebellious and irreverent gestures.

Market Warriors: Antiquing In Oronoco, Minn.

Feb. 23
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The pickers head out to Oronoco, Minnesota, to the annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days to find an antique toy among the more than 300 vendors scattered throughout town. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg observes the pickers as they're teamed up, men versus women, in an effort to flip an item at the market. The pickers have a chance to increase their profits by auctioning an item on eBay. Some key finds include a vintage pinball machine, a Trifari bracelet and a trolley seat.

Antiques Roadshow: Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Hour Two

Feb. 23
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In the latest Most Wanted segment, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina's Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent. Discoveries from ROADSHOW's visit to Myrtle Beach include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and an 1850s South Carolina sword valued at $30,000-$40,000.

Top GOP Voter ID Crusader Loses Virginia Election Panel Post

Feb. 23
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To those who closely follow the voter ID wars, Hans von Spakovsky is a household name, one of the nation's leading crusaders against voter fraud, and also one of its more controversial. Days before the 2012 election, The New Yorker profiled him as "the man who has stoked fear about imposters at the poll."

The Four Biggest Best Picture Oscar Upsets, Statistically Speaking

Feb. 23
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By the time the curtains rise on the Academy Awards ceremony each year, Oscar-watching prognosticators are already reasonably sure which films are going to take home top prizes.

Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court To Rethink DOMA

Feb. 23
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The Obama administration is following through on its relatively new-found support of gay marriage. On Friday, the administration filed a legal brief with the Justice Department that urges the Supreme Court to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center

Feb. 23
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Right now, it's a massive festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with artists and designers displaying art and culture from their very top sliver of the globe.

Fighting Stream Of Terrorist Capital, Kenya Cracks Down on Somali Businesses

Feb. 23
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U.S. counterterrorism efforts include choking off the flow of cash to extremists, and urging friendly countries to help. But in Nairobi, Kenya, suspicion of Somali money -- and an increase in terrorist attacks -- has prompted a country-wide crackdown, with Kenyan police accused of extortion and arbitrary arrests of thousands of Somali refugees.

States Take Sides As Court Revisits Voting Rights Act

Feb. 23
Nina Totenberg, Angela Chang
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a case that tests the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the law considered the most effective civil rights statute in American history. At issue is whether a key provision of the statute has outlived its usefulness.