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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010

RIOTS ERUPT IN JERUSALEM AS HAMAS CALLS FOR “DAY OF RAGE” Palestinian youths clash with riot police in protest of Israeli plans to build 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem. US-Israeli diplomatic tensions continue to rise, as American special envoy George Mitchell delays planned visit. (BBC video/text)

ALLEGATIONS SPIRAL IN GERMAN CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL, POPE’S ROLE QUESTIONED German Catholics call on Benedict XVI to speak out more clearly as revelations of abuse mount. Two Church officials step down amidst questions about the German Pope’s role in the case of an abusive priest in the early 1980s who was allowed to continue working with children. (Spiegel)

OVERNIGHT QUAKE SHAKES L.A. Millions of southern Californians shaken awake by an early morning earthquake. The magnitude 4.4 quake, centered just east of downtown Los Angeles, struck just after 4 a.m. Though no initial signs of major damage or casualties, the temblor is a reminder of California fault lines in wake of devastating Haiti and Chile quakes. (AP)

FCC GIVES DETAILS OF FIRST EVER PLAN TO GIVE ALL AMERICANS BROADBAND BY 2020 U.S. regulators unveil nation’s first plan to give every resident super-fast broadband over next decade, calling it the “greatest infrastructure challenge” of the era to provide the service to the one-third of Americans, about 100 million people, still without it at home. (POLITICO)

REPORT: MICHAEL JACKSON’S HEIRS SIGN RICHEST RECORD DEAL EVER Sources say deal between Sony and the late singer’s estate could be worth $250 million, and would include 10 albums of Jackson’s remixes and previously unreleased material. Mammoth deal comes with record industry in crisis, a result of internet users who no longer buy albums. (WSJ)

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