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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 10, 2010

POLISH PRESIDENT, OTHER TOP LEADERS KILLED IN PLANE CRASH President Lech Kaczynski and other key Polish military and political leaders died with dozens of others in a plane crash Saturday in thick fog in western Russia. No survivors in crash that also killed President’s wife, during trip to mark 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.(AP)

REPORT: HEAD OF BRITAIN’S CHURCH COVERED PEDOPHILE PRIEST Current Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, used to chair child safety watchdog that allowed priest to stay in London parish despite repeated accusations of abuse . The priest allegedly assaulted one final victim before his arrest in 2008. Nichols says he hadn’t known about the case while on board. Report comes day after Pope Benedict was further embroiled in the worldwide clerical abuse scandal with a 1985 case from Oakland, California that languished in Rome. (Times of London)

NO MIRACLE IN WEST VIRGINIA: LAST FOUR MINERS’ BODIES FOUND Rescue workers find the four bodies of last unaccounted mineworkers early Saturday in the West Virginia coal mine hit by Monday explosion. Death toll rises to 29, with no survivors. (CNN video)

THAI TROOPS OPEN FIRE, PROTESTS REACH CRITICAL POINT Troops fire rubber bullets at protesters as clashes escalate in demonstrations for new elections. Nearly 100 injuries reported as government forces are ordered to reclaim key Bangkok neighborhood from the opposition “red shirts.” (Reuters)

CHINA POSTS FIRST TRADE DEFICIT IN SIX YEARS AMID CURRENCY DEBATE The $7.24 billion March shortfall registered, as imports surge 66 percent. China may try to say trade deficit should halt calls to scrap the 21-month-old peg of its currency to dollar. (Bloomberg)

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