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Breaking: Massive earthquake hits Chile

An earthquake with an 8.8 magnitude has struck offshore, near Concepcion, Chile. The USGS has said the earthquake’s depth was over 21 miles, which is deep, but there are reports of significant damage and at least four people dead at this time (total updated at the end of post). At least three afterhshocks, one a magnitude 6.7, have also hit.

A tsunami watch is in effect for Ecuador, Colombia, Antartica, Panama and Costa Rica. BNO News is reporting: “A tsunami may have been generated that could potentially impact the U.S. west coast, British Columbia, and Alaska.”

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Update: 10:41am EST: 122 people are confirmed dead by local media and a tsunami is supposed to reach Hawaii’s shores within the next hour. The tsunami warnings for Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama have been called off.

Update: 5:56am EST: BREAKING — A TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF THE PACIFIC, including Hawaii, Mexico, Japan, and the Philippines.

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Peru Overturns Two Controversial Land Laws

Peru has overturned two land laws that allowed a free trade agreement with the U.S. The laws sparked violence between the government and tribes that live on the land, who were not consulted about the use of the land. 34 people were killed in the violence, BBC News.

A shocking survey shows that one out of four South African men have raped someone, with more than hald of those saying they had raped more than one person. 73% who had admitted raping said they did so for the first time before the age of 20, BBC News.

The U.S. is tracking a North Korean ship that it believed to be possibly carrying weapons. An official said the U.S. would use UN protocol to ask permission to board the ship to search for weapons, CNN.

Read the New York Times’ blog for coverage on today’s events in Iran.

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White Supremacist Kills One at D.C. Holocaust Museum

Just before 1:00pm this afternoon, James Von Brunn, 88, shot and killed a security guard, Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Von Brunn has a history of violence, previously attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board for which he was jailed four years. His website (since taken down) painted a chilling picture of the man, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, who believed Jewish people were out “to destroy the White gene-pool.” Von Brunn was seriously injured after being shot by another guard, Washington Post.

Two Peruvian laws have been suspended in the country after they led to violence that has killed 54 people since Friday. “The laws are designed to regulate investment in the Amazon, but indigenous groups say they will lose control of their natural resources,” and now the tribes will have more time to negotiate with the government, BBC News.

Chrysler and Fiat have reached a deal that will save Chrysler for bankruptcy. The fast sale is a win for President Obama, who promised that the car company’s reorganization would be quick, New York Times.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California and the runner-up at this year’s Miss America pagent, has been stripped of her crown for breach of contract. Prejean caused a firestorm when she said during the pagent she did not agree with gay marriage and became a poster girl for the right-wing and anti-gay groups. Last month, pagent head Donald Trump allowed Prejean to keep her crown, but officially fired her today, Reuters.

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Tribesman and Police Battle in Peru

Nine policeman in Peru have been killed by Amazonian indigenous protesters during a rescue operation at a petroleum facility. Protesters had kidnapped 38 officers, of which 22 were rescued and seven others are still missing. The protesters were angry with the government for drilling for oil and gas on ancestral land. Fighting in Bagua, Peru began Friday, killing 22 tribesman and 11 officers. 5 civilians were also killed. The violence was the worst in the country since the 1990s, BBC News.

Juarez, Mexico seemed to be recovering from their deadly drug wars, but violence is spiking again. Officials say the amount of executions performed in broad daylight is much higher than at this time last year. Two drugs cartels in the city are fighting for control of the drug trafficking routes that enter the U.S. Juarez is just across the border from El Paso, Texas, NPR.

Longshot Summer Bird won today’s Belmont Stakes race, denying jockey Calvin Borel the chance to be the only jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races on different horses. Borel rode Mine That Bird, the horse he rode in his Kentucky Derby win, and placed third, SI.

Svetlana Kuznetsova easily defeated #1 ranked Dinara Safina in the women’s finals of the French Open. Kuznetsova won in only 74 minutes, winning the frist two sets 6-4 and 6-2. Tomorrow, Roger Federer will play Robin Soderling in an attempt to win the only Grand Slam title that has alluded him in his career, ESPN.

U.S. President Obama spoke at Omaha Beach in France today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Read a summary and quotes from his speech here.

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