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Helicopter and Small Plane Collide Over Hudson River

Nine people, including a child, are believed to be dead after a tour helicopter and small plane collided over the Hudson River in New York City. Three bodies have been recovered so far. The helicopter was carrying five Italian tourists and a pilot, and the plane was carrying a pilot, an adult, and a child, CNN.

At least 17 people were killed on the coast of Somalia overnight when gun battles broke out between rival clans. The fight allegedly started because of land disputes and the apparent rape of a young woman. A pirate told Reuters he was worried the fighting could affect piracy activities, BBC News.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery says they are close to recovering DNA evidence that proves famed aviator Amelia Earhart crashed on Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean. Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world, ABC News.

Hot Topic: Separating Fact From Fiction In Health Care Debate.

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Over 100 Arrested in South Africa Protests

Protests in South Africa are increasing and over 100 people have been arrested this week alone. The protesters, mostly in townships, say they are lacking basic services, such as water and housing. President Zuma has pledged to eradicate poverty, but this comes amidst South Africa’s worst recession in almost two decades, BBC News.

A retired soldier killed a woman today at the Fort Lewis Post Exchange before turning the gun on himself. The man, a 59-year-old retired soldier, is in critical condition and it is not known if he knew the woman he killed, USA Today.

The complete opening remarks of President Obama’s news conference on healthcare can be found here (via BNO). The New York Times is also liveblogging the conference here.

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Police Response Intensifies in Iran

Clashes in Iran between police and protesters are becoming more violent. Police used tear gas to break up a demonstration today in Tehran, CNN.

Local laws in Florida and Miami have funneled about 70 registered sex offenders into living in a tent city under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami. Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,500 feet of places children congregate- such as schools, libraries and parks. Local law enforcement actually drop the newly released off at the bridge and some have been given driver’s licenses with the bridge listed as their address, BBC News.

Craiglist killer Philip Markoff to be arraigned today. He is charged in the fatal shooting of a woman that he met on Craigslist, CNN.

The Obama administration is working on a deal with pharmaceutical companies that would cut $80 in pharmaceutical cost, Wall Street Journal.

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Iran Kicks BBC Correspondent Out of Country

BBC’s correspondent in Iran, Jon Leyne, has been given 24 hours to leave the country. The BBC has increased the number of satellites that carry BBC Persian TV to the region, BBC News. President Ahmadinejad has called for Britain and the US to stop their involvement in Iran’s affairs.

Polls show Americans strongly support government involvement in healthcare and are primarily concerned with the quality of healthcare. “The Times/CBS poll found 85 percent of respondents wanted major healthcare reforms and most would be willing to pay higher taxes to ensure everyone had health insurance.” 46 million American are uninsured and many more are underinsured, Reuters.

President Obama addressed the financial crisis and his plans for financial regulation in his weekly address. The administration has proposed a new agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Washington Post.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads (and especially our dad) who read this site!  Obama’s official Father’s Day Proclaimation, Los Angeles Times.

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