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

April 5, 2010

BLASTS NEAR U.S. CONSULATE IN PAKISTAN, OTHER BOMBS KILL AT LEAST 19 Northwest Pakistan targeted for a series of bomb attacks, including four blasts aimed at U.S Consulate in Peshawar that has killed at least one and injured eight. Earlier attacks in region left at least 19 dead, more than 100 injured. (NBC)

AFGHAN PROBE FINDS U.S. SPECIAL FORCE COVER-UP FOR BOTCHED RAID After February raid killed two pregnant women and teenaged girl, American special forces troops allegedly dug bullets out of victims’ bodies, washed the wounds, lied to superiors about what happened, say Afghan investigators. Nato has only now admitted responsibility for the deaths for the first time after claiming the women had been dead for several hours when the assault force discovered their bodies. (Times of London)

MORE THAN WEEK LATER, CHINESE MINERS PULLED OUT ALIVE Miraculous rescue of at least 114 miners whose Northern China coal mine had been flooded. National drama ends with cheers and rescue workers hugging, though not all have survived. (CNN)

TOLL, FAULT LINES STUDIED AFTER QUAKE ALONG MEXICO-CALIFORNIA BORDER Mexicali remains without power after late Sunday quake leaves one dead, more than 100 injured. Researchers say zone’s criss-crossing fault lines need more study. The 7.2-magnitude quake was one of strongest to hit region in decades, felt by more than 20 million from Baja through Southern California. (AP)

FIRST IPAD SALES NUMBERS: MORE THAN DOUBLES EXPECTATIONS In debut weekend, more than twice as many iPads were sold as analysts had predicted. Up to 700,000 units were sold as lines at Apple stores continued through Sunday, says Minneapolis-based industry analyst Piper Jaffray & Co. (Bloomberg)

BONUS: BOB DYLAN SCARES BEIJING Bard of Minnesota/Malibu banned from gigs in China for fear of repeat of Bjork’s speaking out on stage in support of Tibet. It’s All Mao, says legendary song-and-dance man, he’ll continue Neverending Tour next month in Greece. (Guardian)

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