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Obama offers support to quake-hit Japan

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Friday offered his “condolences” to the people of Japan and said his country stood ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami. “(First Lady) Michelle (Obama) and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have…

LIVE VIDEO: 8.9 Earthquake hits Japan; tsunami watch issued across US west coast

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan, sending a series tsunami waves crashing across heavily populated areas. Warnings have now gone out across the Pacific, including the entire North American west coast. This is a live video from CNN, provided courtesy of Justin.tv. Watch live video…

2010 ‘one of worst’ years for disasters, UN says

GENEVA — 2010 was one of the worst years on record for natural disasters over the past two decades, leaving nearly 297,000 people dead, research for the United Nations showed on Monday. The devastating earthquake in Haiti a year ago accounted for about two thirds of the toll, killing more…

Indonesian volcano erupts powerfully; quake hits

Indonesian volcano unleashes its biggest eruption yet; strong earthquake hits eastern province Indonesia’s deadly Mount Merapi erupted Wednesday with its biggest volcanic explosion yet, forcing hasty evacuations of more villagers and the panicked refugees who already fled the initial blast a week ago. A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia…

Two million Chileans affected by quake while Hawaii ‘dodged a bullet’

Death toll rises to 300 in Chile Update: Tsunami warning canceled Update: Expert says Hawaii ‘dodged a bullet’ Update: Initial predictions may have overestimated tsunami size Update: Experts say tsunami becoming more powerful at it hits Two million people have been affected by the massive earthquake that struck central Chile…

Haiti judge to free U.S. missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A Haitian judge has decided to release 10 U.S. missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 children and trying to spirit them out of the earthquake- stricken country, a judicial source said on Wednesday.…

Coulter does her best to out-Limbaugh Rush

Ann Coulter is jealous of the attention Rush Limbaugh has been getting since making his comment about the Obama administration wanting to exploit the Haitian tragedy to “burnish” his credentials with the black community. So she’s making a conscious effort to out-controversy the controversial radio host, and on Fox News…

Stewart to Robertson: ‘Shut your pie hole, old man’

Some conservatives have been politicizing the earthquake in Haiti and Thursday Jon Stewart took notice. “At times like these I guess the only thing you can say that whenever something this horrific happens everyone comes together. Almost everyone,” said Stewart. Rush Limbaugh was one of the first conservatives to politicize…

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie donate twice as much as Wal-Mart to Haiti

They may be the world’s largest corporation by revenue but they certainly aren’t the world’s largest corporation by donations. In fact, they aren’t even as big a donor as a couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have together pledged to donate $1 million to support Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Wal-Mart…

Thousands feared dead in devastating Haiti quake

Bodies littered the streets of Haiti’s devastated capital on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake that may have killed thousands from shanty towns to luxury hotels and even the presidential palace. With victims pinned under debris and powerful aftershocks rattling the country, looting broke out soon after the 7.0 magnitude quake…

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