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Haiti rescue search ended; 111,000+ confirmed dead

Haiti has called off the search for survivors from last week’s earthquake and will now focus solely on providing services to those who survived, BBC News. Haiti says more than 110,000 are now confirmed dead, CNN. A discussion of the role of journalists in natural disasters- do journalists help or hurt?, NPR.

In the aftermath of clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos that ended this week, residents are realizing that the violence may have been even worse than thought. Bodies are now being found in wells and sewer ditches, including 150 found in wells in the village of Kuru Jantar, Al Jazeera.

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court overturned more than a century of law when it ruled that corporations have a constitutionally protected right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns, White House. Transcript. The ruling will have an impact on existing laws in some states, New York Times.

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Crisis continues in Haiti

Survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti got another shock yesterday when a powerful 6.1 tremor again shook the island. This time, the aftershock was centered 35 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, Christian Science Monitor. Many survivors are choosing to sleep outdoors rather than risk being in a building collapse. Many are calling for Haiti’s building codes to be overhauled, CNN. 400,000 are being relocated to tent cities, BBC News. One of Port-au-Prince’s piers has opened and much needed aid is now being moved into the capital, CNN.

The Nigerian city of Jos has reopened after days of fighting between Muslim and Christian groups. More than 460 people are reported to have died.  Many residents have fled to refugee camps. The Nigerian military is now in control of the town, Al Jazeera.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that it is unconstitutional to restrict campaign spending by corporations and other organizations, including unions, New York Times.

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Demonstrators Mark Int’l Day of Climate Action

Today is the International Day of Climate Action, CNN.  Check 350.org to find demonstrations in your area.

For more information on the immediate effect of global climate change, check out the show “Water World” by NOW on PBS. Slideshow, Coastal Crisis, NOW.

Products in Sweden will soon be required to include information about carbon emissions during production on their labels, New York Times.

The Pakistan military has taken a key town from Taliban fighters in South Waziristan. Kotkai is home to senior leaders of the Taliban in Pakistan, Reuters.  Profile of South Waziristan, BBC News. Q & A on the challenge of fighting in the region, BBC News.

Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $85 million of his own money on his Nov. 3 reelection campaign, according to campaign records. He may spend as much as $140 million before the race is over. Mayor Bloomberg’s opponent, Democrat William C. Thompson, Jr., has spent about $6 million. Bloomberg now holds the record for spending more of his own money than anyone else in U.S. history on pursuing public office, New York Times.

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NY Times Journalist Rescued in Afghanistan

A British journalist working for the New York Times, Stephen Farrell, who was captured by Taliban militants while he was reporting on the airstrikes that struck two fuel tankers outside Kunduz in northern Afghanistan earlier this week, has been rescued in a dramatic mission by Nato forces. Mr. Farrell’s translator Sultan Munadi, an Afghan journalist, was killed during the rescue as well as a British Nato soldier. Farrell had previously been kidnapped in 2004 in Fallajuh, Iraq, New York Times. Stephen Farrell’s NY Times Blog. A moving essay by Sultan Munadi on his committment to Afghanistan, Hell? No. I Won’t Go.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case involving the release of a documentary about Hillary Clinton. Filmmakers attempted to release “Hillary: The Movie” during Clinton’s 2009 primary run for the Democratic nomination but were blocked because of campaign finance laws. The decision of the Court will have far-reaching implications, including whether political speech by unions and corporations is protected, Associated Press. Video is not allowed in Supreme Court arguments, but C-SPAN will have audio. Oral arguments are scheduled to start at 11:30 am EDT. C-SPAN’s Supreme Court Homepage. Discussion of the case and its significance, Bill Moyers Journal.

Heavy rains have caused intense flooding in Istanbul, Turkey. 28 people have died, CNN International.

NASA is considering supplementing its budget with private funds, BBC News.

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