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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

NY MOSQUE LEADER SAYS PROJECT IS NATIONAL SECURITY QUESTION Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says blocking the planned mosque near Ground Zero will inspire radicals and convince Muslims that Islam is under attack. (CNN article/video)

CAR BOMB IN RUSSIA’S NORTH CAUCASUS KILLS AT LEAST 12 Target is central market in Russia’s restive North Ossetia, a mostly Orthodox Christian area, dozens also injured as death count could climb. (NYT)

FRIENDLY FIRE IN RECENT BOTCHED PHILIPPINES HOSTAGE RESCUE With diplomatic tensions still high between Manila and Beijing, Philippine  officials admit police may have fired fatal shots that killed some of the Hong Kong tourists taken hostage in a bus last month. (AP)

SARKOZY’S PARTY HQ SEARCHED IN L’OREAL SCANDAL Pressure increasing on French President in case linked to family inheritance feud between L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her daughter. Allegations that matriarch made illegal donations to Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign. (BBC)

UK WATCHDOG FINES GOLDMAN SACHS $27 MILLION Near record fine levied for inadequate disclosure of a U.S. probe into the Wall Street investment bank. (Reuters)

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