While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

INDIAN TRAIN CRASH KILLS MORE THAN 60 Express train plows into a stationary passenger train in eastern India. Death toll rising. Officials don’t rule out sabotage. (AP)

US PLEDGES NEW $7.5bn AID PACKAGE TO PAKISTAN Sec of State Clinton announces aid, led by support of energy and water projects. Clinton says aid package should end “trust deficit” between the two countries. (Al Jazeera)

LEAK DETECTED: U.S. GOVERNMENT WANTS ANSWERS FROM BP Letter sent to BP after initial signs that its damaged Gulf of Mexico oil well is leaking again, five days after a cap stopped flow. (Guardian)


After nine years of massive expansion, spy system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that oversight is impossible. (WashPost)

ECONOMISTS: U.S. JOB OUTLOOK IMPROVING National Association for Business Economics says payrolls grew for second consecutive quarter. Percentage of firms increasing staff levels grew to 31% in the quarter, versus only 6% in the same period a year ago. (CNN Money)

BONUS: SINGAPORE ARRESTS BRITISH AUTHOR OF BOOK ON DEATH PENALTY Alan Shadrake, 75, detained on criminal defamation charges which carry a two-year prison sentence. (BBC)


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