While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

A production of Worldcrunch

IVORY COAST’S GBAGBO SAID TO LIFT BLOCKADE OF RIVAL’S HQ Move by Laurent Gbagbo comes amidst talks with African mediators to break the political standoff that has left Gbagbo clinging to power despite international pressure for him to step down after election results appeared to favor his opponent. (CNN)

WHITE HOUSE TO DELETE CONTROVERSIAL END-OF-LIFE PLANNING Obama reverses course to revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law. (NYT)

JOHN BOEHNER STEPS IN TO LEAD CONGRESS Conservative Ohioan will bring a natural mistrust of big government as he takes over Wednesday as speaker of the House of Representatives. (Reuters)

EURO FALLS AGAINST DOLLAR FOR THIRD STRAIGHT DAY Rising concern that Europe’s debt crisis will persist, making it difficult for governments to raise funds, and pushing the 17-nation European currency down again. Dollar also trading near one-week high against yen.(Bloomberg)

BAKER STREET SINGER GERRY RAFFERTY DIES Scottish singer/songwriter, best known for his solo hit “Baker Street” and “Stuck In The Middle,” which he recorded as a member of Stealers Wheel, died January 4th after a long battle with liver disease. He was 63.  (RollingStone)


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