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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010

IRAQ VIOLENCE ESCALATES, BAGHDAD BLASTS KILL AT LEAST 30 Eight separate blasts shake Iraqi capital, killing at least 30 people as several apartment buildings collapse.  In past five days, more than 100 people have been killed in attacks as Iraqi politicians struggle to form a coalition government following March 7 general elections.(Al Jazeera)

HOPES DIM FOR SURVIVORS IN WORST U.S. MINING DISASTER SINCE 1984 West Virginia rescue teams resume search after recovering seven bodies in Monday blast that officials fear may have killed as many as 29. (AP)

OBAMA OUTLINES NEW NUKE STRATEGY, LIMITS FIRST-STRIKE SCENARIOS Overruling his own Defense Secretary, Obama says US would not develop new nuclear weapons. New policy also rules out nuclear strike in response to chemical, biological or cyber attacks, though President says likes of Iran and North Korea who have already violated pacts would get special policy. (NYTimes)

BROWN GOES TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE: BRITISH ELECTION ON With the formal go-ahead from the Queen to dissolve Parliament, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called national elections for May 6, kicking off a much anticipated showdown with young Tory leader David Cameron. (Telegraph)

REPUBLICAN PARTY OFFICIAL RESIGNS FOLLOWING STRIP CLUB SCANDAL RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned, the highest-ranking official to fall after revelations that the national party spent nearly $2,000 at California sex club. (Politico)

BONUS: DUKE WINS NCAA TITLE AS TWO BUTLER SHOTS JUST MISS Cinderella story doesn’t quite come true, as two last second shots for tiny school don’t go down in dramatic final. Coach K wins first title since 2001. (USA Today)

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