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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

POPE APOLOGIZES TO IRISH SEX ABUSE VICTIMS, NO MENTION OF VATICAN OR GERMAN LINKS Benedict XVI offers comfort directly to victims, and criticizes Irish bishops’ judgment. But the pontiff does not address Vatican culpability or wider scandal spreading throughout Europe, including a case in the Archdiocese in Germany that he once led. (NYTimes)

UN CHIEF SCOPES WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS WITH PEACE PROCESS IN LIMBO Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offers West Bank tour to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, pointing out Israeli settlements that many say are roadblock to peace. With negotiations stalled, US envoy George Mitchell is also expected back in the region on Sunday, with Israeli PM Netanyahu on his way to Washington. (BBC)

WITH HEALTH CARE VOTE LOOMING, OBAMA LAYS OUT NEXT PIECE OF AGENDA: FINANCE REFORM The US President makes the case on his weekly radio address for broad reforms in the way financial markets are regulated and consumers are protected. Health care — and perhaps Obama’s full legislative agenda — are riding on Sunday’s vote in the House to overhaul the nation’s system for delivering medical care. (WSJ)

FIRST BRITISH AIRWAYS STRIKE SINCE 1997 AS LAST-DITCH TALKS FAIL Cabin crews for UK carrier began a three-day walkout, with some 1,000 flights likely to be cancelled, at an estimated cost to company of $95 million.  (Bloomberg)

ARREST MADE IN RACIST WALMART P.A. SYSTEM INCIDENT Police in southern New Jersey town say they’ve arrested someone in the case of a voice saying over a Walmart public announcement system that “all black people” needed to leave the store. (AP)

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