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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

WAVE OF ISRAELI AIR STRIKES IN GAZA , CHILDREN INJURED Israeli planes launch multiple air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks, leaving several injured from debris. Offensive, which Jerusalem says it aimed at Hamas military installations, is biggest since Israel’s assault on Gaza in January 2009 that left as many as 1,400 Gazans dead.(BBC video/article)

TOP GERMAN BISHOP SAYS CHURCH FAILED IN PAST, POPE STILL SILENT ON ROLE In statement released for Good Friday, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of German’s bishop conference, says leaders of Church in Germany failed to protect the faithful in the past. Questions persist about Pope Benedict XVI’s role while Archbishop of Munich, 1979-1982. (Deutsche Welle)

OBAMA HAS NEW PLAN FOR AIRLINE SECURITY SCREENING The Administration to unveil new screening system for flights to the United States to search passengers who fit intel profile. New policy follows Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian suspected of ties to al Qaeda, to blow up plane with a bomb hidden in his under wear. (LATimes)

INDIA: BIGGEST CENSUS IN HISTORY LAUNCHED By 2011, the nation of 1.2 billion will attempt for first time to classify its population by gender, religion, occupation and education. (Hindu)

LETTERMAN LICKS IPAD’s ASS SCREEN Capping one of the highest profile product launches ever, Apple gives iPad to David Letterman, for top 10 list and a much closer look. (Mashable/CBS video)

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