Thousands Feared Dead After Haiti Earthquake
Estimates of the dead have ranged from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands, but the numbers are impossible to confirm in the midst of chaos. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block on the latest in Haiti.
Obama Vows All-Out Rescue Effort In Haiti
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are feared dead in an earthquake that shattered buildings in Haiti's capital — from the presidential palace to hospitals, schools and the headquarters of the United Nations. President Obama called it a cruel tragedy for the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and he's promising an all-out rescue effort.
Archbishop Of Port-Au-Prince Killed In Quake
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Father Robes Charles, pastor for St. Clement Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., about the life of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, who died in the Haitian earthquake.
Bankers Admit Mistakes In Financial Crisis
Wall Street's top bankers told a panel looking into the causes of the financial crisis that they had made big mistakes, particularly on assessing and understanding the risks that they were taking. The bankers defended current pay practices, though, and called for only modest regulatory changes. The panel asked questions about a variety of topics, from the regulation of obscure derivatives to whether many firms on Wall Street were still considered "too big to fail."
Illinois Governor Confronts Budget Woes
Even as states across the country struggle with budget shortfalls, few are as stretched as Illinois. The state is in the midst of a cash-flow crisis, with $5 billion in unpaid bills, and a deficit that is expected to top $11 billion this year. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to outline the problems, and he may offer a few solutions in his State of the State address today. The governor, who was sworn in after Rod Blagojevich was impeached and thrown out of office a year ago, wants to raise the state's income tax. But first he must survive a primary election that is just three weeks away.
Search For Survivors Ongoing In Haiti
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block on the ongoing search for survivors in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The quake was the worst to hit the area in 200 years.
Haitian Quake Not A Surprise To Geologists
Yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti may have come as a shock to the millions of people who are now suffering through its aftermath. But the quake was not a surprise to geologists. Though large quakes are rare in Haiti, it's in the middle of an active seismic zone.
Obesity Rates Level Off, But Health Concerns Remain
Two studies this week suggest that Americans may finally be responding to public health messages warning against problems that result from obesity. Still, with two-thirds of American adults overweight or obese, the problem hasn't gone away.
Congressional Health Bills Confront Obesity
Melissa Block talks to Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, about what provisions in the congressional health bills will deal with obesity. He says that in the bills, there are provisions that offer counseling in a clinical setting about obesity. There are also grants for a community prevention program to promote healthy living, as well as mandates for chain restaurants to provide nutritional labeling for the food they serve.