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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Friday, April 9, 2010

April 9, 2010

REPORT: MINE OPERATOR HAD BEEN CITED FOR VIOLATIONS While last-ditch attempts resume to rescue four West Virginia miners, federal records show past “pattern of violations” by owner of mine where 25 are already presumed dead from Monday’s blast. (NYTimes)

NETANYAHU PULLS OUT OF OBAMA NUKE CONFERENCE Israeli Prime Minister is last-minute no-show for next week’s Washington summit after Turkey and Egypt indicated they would raise subject of Israel’s long presumed secret arsenal. US-Israeli relations rockier than ever. (Guardian)

EX POWELL AIDE SAYS BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD KNEW MANY AT GITMO WERE INNOCENT Powell’s chief of staff cited Cheney and Rumsfeld as leaders of effort to cover up that many in Guantánamo Bay prison camp were innocent, fearing their release would stall push for war in Iraq, according to legal documents. (Times of London)

BANKS MASKED RISK LEVELS, DROPPING DEBT JUST BEFORE REPORTING Data from Federal Reserve Bank of New York reveals that for past five quarters group of 18 top banks (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc, et al) temporarily lowered levels of debt used to fund securities trades at the end of quarterly reporting periods–then boosted in the middle of successive quarters. (WSJ)

THREE JAPANESE EXECUTED IN CHINA FOR DRUG SMUGGLING Death sentences carried out against convicted Japanese drug smugglers, one on Tuesday and two more Friday, as Tokyo’s foreign minister expresses concern for first executions since countries’ established diplomatic relations in 1972. (BBC)

BONUS: NEW PHOTOS OF GRANDPA Details and images of Australopithecus sediba, a newly unearthed 1.9 million year old ancestor to homo sapiens discovered in South Africa that may hold keys to evolution. (Science/National Geographic)

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