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Monday, May 12, 2008

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  • High Toll Feared as Earthquake Jars China
    Early reports suggest nearly 9,000 people may have died in the aftermath of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China. It hit near Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan province.
  • Oklahoma Town Faced Demolition Before Tornado
    Damage estimates in Picher, Okla., where deadly tornadoes struck over the weekend, are complicated by the fact that much of the former lead-mining town was already scheduled for demolition because of ecological concerns.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Name New Foundation Head
    Jeff Raikes, a 27-year veteran of Microsoft, will take over the $37 billion Gates Foundation in September. Bill and Melinda Gates tell NPR that they picked Raikes because he shares their passion to try to help minimize poverty around the globe.
  • Shattered School Shows Power of Chinese Quake
    Among the victims of a powerful earthquake near Chengdu, China, are hundreds of young students who are feared dead after being trapped in the rubble of their middle school.
  • Immigration Raids Shake California Schools
    Raids by federal authorities on undocumented immigrants in Northern California panic parents and school officials as fears spread that students might be targeted. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and other big-city mayors are denouncing the raids.
  • Mammoth Tomatoes Arose from Genetic Mutation
    Those softball-size tomatoes at the supermarket get their heft from a simple genetic mutation that creates extra compartments.
  • Troy Maxson: Heart, Heartbreak as Big as the World
    He's the protagonist — you can't quite say "hero," unless you add "tragic" in front — of August Wilson's play Fences. James Earl Jones, who first played the part, helps explain why he's unforgettable.
  • Quake Victims Fill Chinese Hospital
    The scene at one hospital in Sichuan Province offers a glimpse at the human toll of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck 60 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu.
  • American Diplomat Discusses Aid to Myanmar
    The U.S. State Department is concerned that supplies sent to victims of a deadly cyclone in Myanmar won't reach the people who need them. Shari Villarosa, the top American diplomat on the scene, offers her thoughts.
  • U.S. Aid Flight Reaches Cyclone-Torn Myanmar
    A U.S. cargo plane carrying water, mosquito netting and blankets lands in Yangon, Myanmar — nine days after a devastating cyclone struck. Two more shipments are scheduled for Tuesday. The toll from the storm has been put at nearly 29,000, with an equal number missing.

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