Local radio reports one fatality in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Honduras for 88 seconds early this morning. While feared, a tsunami watch has been called off. See CDB’s live blog for a timeline of the events.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank, BBC News.
Transcript of the telephone conversation between Rod Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, and Roland Burris, the current US Senator from Illinois, C-SPAN.
In business news, Time Warner will separate from AOL, USA Today. AOL will be a publicly traded company. The AOL-Time Warner merger came at the height of the dot-com boom in 2000. It was shocking at the time because AOL, an internet company whose stock value had shot up during the 90s, bought Time Warner, a traditional media company with physical assets. January, 2000 write-up of the deal, CNN Money.
The Queen’s representative in Canada, Governor General Michelle Jean, showed her support for Canadian seal hunters by talking part in a traditional seal hunt in Nunavut this week. Canadians are largely supportive of the act as it is an Inuit tradition, but the European Union moved earlier this month to block the sale of seal products, Montreal Gazette.