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Libya: Colonel Khaddafy continued his defiant rhetoric again Wednesday, all but daring the West to hit him with an airstrike. The embattled Libyan leader, appearing this time on Turkish television, said “..the Libyan people will take up arms” against the West were the country to be hit by an airstrike. An attack, which would be the first phase in implementing a potential a no-fly zone, would come as “proof”  that foreign states plan on stealing Libyan oil and taking “control of Libya”, Khaddafy said.

Budget: Senate Maj. Leader Reid announced a deal with Republicans Tuesday to vote on two competing budgets, neither of which are expected to reach the necessary 60 votes to pass the Senate. The votes on a GOP measure to further cut spending this year by about $57 billion, and a Democratic alternative to cut spending by $6.5 billion, will take place Wednesday afternoon.

Pennsylvania fire: A truly heart wrenching story out of Pennsylvania this morning: a rural farmhouse blaze claimed the lives of seven Mennonite children, ages seven-months to 11 years old, overnight.

Discovery: And it’s a historic homecoming for the space shuttle Discovery today. The shuttle, which is scheduled to land this afternoon, will be retired after travelling over 140 million miles.

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