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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

CHINESE ECONOMISTS CALL FOR YUAN RISE Two new advisers to China’s central bank urge a resumption of the currency’s appreciation, as April 15 showdown with US looms over charges of Beijing’s alleged intentional devaluation. (Reuters)

NINTH PERSON ARRESTED IN “CHRISTIAN WARRIOR” MILITIA PLOT After authorities lure man out of mobile home late Monday, all suspects now in custody in plot to assassinate Michigan policeman and set off killing spree at his funeral. (CNN)

REPUBLICAN DONOR OUTRAGE SPREADS AFTER STRIP CLUB REVELATION Top donors for the Republican National Committee react to news that nearly $2,000 was spent by party leaders on “meals” at a bondage-themed club in West Hollywood. Pressure grows on party chair Michael Steele, accused of careless management and high-rolling expenditures.(Politico)

GERMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OPENS PRIEST SEX ABUSE HOTLINE The European-wide sex abuse crisis is undermining German-born Pope Benedict XVI’s leadership, most notably accusations of an abusive priest under his watch as Archbishop of Munich in 1980. The nationwide hotline for German Catholics is a sign of the Church confronting the problem, but also a reminder that new revelations could further weaken Benedict. (BBC)

RICKY MARTIN OUT OF THE CLOSET The Latino pop singer writes on his website that he is a “fortunate homosexual man,” ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation. Martin says he’d kept his homosexuality hidden on advice of family and advisors who said it would ruin his career. (ABC)

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