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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21, 2010

EIGHT INJURED, 11 MISSING AFTER OIL RIG EXPLOSION IN GULF Rescue workers off Louisiana coast search for missing oil rig workers after nighttime explosion. Three of eight injured are in critical condition. (MSNBC)

MORE FLIGHTS TAKE OFF, AS ECONOMIC DAMAGE TOTALED Travel in Europe lurched back toward normalcy as airlines put initial revenue loss from volcano ash cloud at $1.7 billion. (Dow Jones)

POPE PROMISES ACTION ON SEX ABUSE Speaking for first time after his Sunday meeting with sex abuse victims in Malta, Pope Benedict says he shared their suffered and promised action (AP)

OUSTED KYRGYZSTAN LEADER CHANGES TUNE, SAYS HE’S STILL PRESIDENT After initially agreeing to go into exile, Kyrgyzstan’s ousted leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev declares he is still president, and asks world leaders not to recognize interim rulers who took over after an April 7 uprising. (Reuters)

NEW ARIZONA LAW COULD REQUIRE OBAMA TO SHOW BIRTH CERTIFICATE State’s heated Immigration battles have led to law that could force President Obama to show proof of citizenship to be placed on ballot in 2012. (ThinkProgress)

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