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  • Haitians Helping Haitians In Port-Au-Prince Slum
    The hillside Port-au-Prince slum of Carrefour Feuille has gone from poor to destitute. People there say they've seen no help from their government or from the outside. Residents of the slum have organized rescue efforts, first aid and body removal as best they can. They rely on donations from local people.
  • At Haitian Hospital, Tough Choices For Docs, Patients
    After a week of pain and uncertainty, a Haitian woman whose legs were badly broken in the earthquake gets surgery in a field hospital. Doctors want to move her to a Navy ship for more treatment, but an unexpected problem arises: She won't be moved until she can see her sister, who also survived the quake.
  • Gates To Reassure Pakistan About U.S. Support
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew into Pakistan Thursday for an unannounced visit. It's his first trip to the country in three years, and his first as a member of the Obama administration. Gates will reassure Pakistan that the U.S. will not repeat past mistakes.
  • Senate Panels Delve Into Christmas Bomb Case
    A parade of national security officials appeared before several Senate panels Wednesday. They were explaining how a 23-year-old Nigerian man with explosives sewn into his underwear boarded a flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. And while the Obama administration was dealing with questions from Senators, they were confronted with a new issue. They now have to find another nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Students Sue NYPD Over Alleged Mistreatment
    A class action federal lawsuit has been filed against New York City and its police department claiming school safety agents use excessive force against the students they're supposed to protect. The suit was filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and it follows years of complaints that disciplinary actions that were previously handled by educators have now been taken over by police.
  • U.S., Haiti Leadership Committed To Victims' Needs
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be among the many voices calling for better coordination of international efforts to rebuild Haiti at a donors conference in Montreal next week. Cheryl Mills is the State Department's point person on Haiti. Mills tells Renee Montagne that she has been to Haiti twice in the last week to work with President Rene Preval and other officials.
  • U.S. Businesses Donate Cash, Food, More To Haiti
    Since the earthquake in Haiti, U.S. businesses have been donating tens of millions of dollars to the aid effort. Big companies, non-profits and small mom and pop stores have been pitching in. Besides giving cash, they have been sending volunteers and supplies to crisis centers set up in American cities for people who have family in Haiti.
  • Obama Aims To Limit Banks' Size, Proprietary Trading
    President Obama says the banks are still operating under the same rules that led to last year's financial meltdown. Speaking this hour at the White House, Obama said he wants to limit the size of the banks and prohibit them from trading on their own behalf, called proprietary trading. The White House wants Congress to add the proposal to legislation aimed at regulating the financial industry.
  • Virginia Highway Rest Stops To Reopen
    Virginia's Transportation Board voted to reopen 19 closed Interstate rest stops. They were shut last summer amid budget cuts, much to the dismay of travelers.
  • Hard Times Lead To Dramatic Rise In Bankruptcies
    Personal bankruptcies rose more than 30 percent in 2009, with more than 1.4 million protection filings. Even though so many people are in dire financial straits, having to declare bankruptcy comes as an embarrassing shock.

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