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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

MARKETS CONTINUE TO TANK AFTER GREEK DEBT DEMOTED Asian and European markets follow US stock tumble on news that Greece’s debt was reduced to junk status. Investors worried that Greek crisis is set to spread to other European economies. (Bloomberg)

MAJOR NEW CLASHES IN BANGKOK One solider reported shot to death as violence spreads in weeks-long protests in and around Thailand’s capital with anti-government crowds demanding new elections. (Guardian live blog)

EIGHTEEN PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS STABBED IN CHINA Knife-wielding man enters a primary school in southern China and stabs 18 students and a teacher. Also Wednesday, another school attacker is executed for killing eight children last month. (AP, Xinhua)

JEB BUSH AMONG FIRST REPUBLICANS TO CRITICIZE AZ IMMIGRATION LAW Former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate doubts feasibility of hard-line law that requires police to check anyone they suspect of being illegal immigrant. Florida GOP candidate Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, also just came out in opposition to the Arizona law. (Politico)

L.A. STILL SMOG CAPITAL City and surrounding area average more than 140 days a year of dangerous ozone levels, according to new American Lung Associated report. Top 10 counties are all in California. Fresh air capital: Fargo, North Dakota. (LATimes)

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