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  • Foreign Rescue Teams Waste No Time In Haiti
    A massive rescue effort is underway in Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake. Thousands of people are injured and are waiting to be attended to. An emergency medical team from the University of Miami go to work the minute they landed in Port-au-Prince.
  • Haiti's Buildings Weren't Fit To Withstand Quakes
    The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck a country whose buildings were barely built to engineering standards and were hopelessly fragile in the grip of such a strong quake. Haiti has no national building code, and many structures may not have been sound to begin with.
  • China Warns Internet Companies To Obey Controls
    One day after Google threatened to leave China, the Chinese government is warning Internet companies to obey government controls. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said China welcomed foreign companies to take part in Internet development, according to the law. Google says it wants to stop censoring its Chinese-language search engine; and if this isn't possible, it says it will leave China.
  • Al-Qaida Expert Monitors Jihadist Web Postings
    Islamic extremist Web sites are full of commentary on two men viewed as heroes: the CIA suicide bomber and the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up a plane. Al-Qaida expert Jarret Brachman talks to Deborah Amos about jihadist activities on the Internet. Brachman describes who's posting, and who's reading such tributes on the Web.
  • Financial Crisis Panel Hears From Top Bankers
    Wall Street's top bankers a told panel investigating the causes of the financial crisis that they had done a poor job of assessing risk in the years leading up to the meltdown. At least one banker invoked the "perfect storm" metaphor, only to have the commission chairman shoot back that the storm looked man-made.
  • Health Experts: More Misery Ahead For Haitians
    The head of the American Red Cross in Haiti says the country should brace for a series of public health aftershocks. First, people dying from untreated injuries. Then, a wave of sickness from lack of clean water and housing. And finally, starvation when what little food there is runs out.
  • Scientists: Male Chromosome Is Still Evolving
    Scientists have confirmed that men are still evolving — or at least the male chromosome is. Y chromosome is what makes men men. A few years ago, scientists began wondering whether it was in trouble. When they compared it to the X chromosome, which is carried by both men and women, the Y chromosome didn't seem to measure up.
  • Obesity Rate Grows In Boys Ages 6 To 19
    The obesity epidemic in the United States appears to have hit a plateau — with one exception. Boys between the ages of six and 19 are still getting bigger. Dr. Anjali Jain, a Washington D.C. pediatrician, talks to Deborah Amos about the risks of childhood obesity.
  • 2009 Record Year For Foreclosures
    RealtyTrac, which follows foreclosures, has announced that last year a record 2.8 million properties received a foreclosure notice. The company says that record could be broken this year. It is predicting that more than three million properties could enter some stage of foreclosure in 2010.
  • 'Mad Men' Haven't Changed Much Since The 1960s
    In the advertising world of Madison Avenue, three-martini lunches and chain smoking in the office are long gone. But women and minorities are still struggling to make inroads at the top agencies.

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