While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 12, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

AUSTRALIAN FLOODS THREATEN GREAT BARRIER REEF With flood waters killing dozens, and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes, overflowing rivers flow into the sea water in the famed reef preserve. (CNN)

LEBANON GOV’T NEARS CRISIS AS HEZBOLLAH MAY PULL OUT Islamic party threatens to withdraw from Lebanon government, which could deepen a crisis over a UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of a former prime minister. (NYT)

TUNISIAN PRESIDENT FIRES INTERIOR CHIEF AFTER VIOLENCE Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali reacts after deadly wave of unrest reaches capital, also ordering that all those arrested in weeks of clashes with police should be released. (Reuters)

RUSSIAN PROBE OF POLISH PRESIDENT’S PLANE CRASH BLAMES DRUNK POLISH BOSS Moscow’s investigation into April crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski concludes that pilots were pressured to land in bad weather by an air force commander who had been drinking. (AP)

IT’S SNOWING…IN HAWAII TOO According to national news sources, it is snowing in 49 states across the country including Hawaii where snow has fallen atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Florida is the only state without fresh snow. (NBC)


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