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The Most Influential Gay Americans

Ellen tops 'Out' magazine list for 2nd straight year

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres and Barney Frank have switched places atop Out magazine's annual list of the most influential gay Americans, but the talk show host and American Idol judge probably isn't gloating about her win—she's that nice. To see the top five, check out the slideshow above. To see who... More »

Bush, Clinton Tour Port-au-Prince

Ten weeks after Haiti earthquake, ex-presidents visit capital

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush toured Port-au-Prince today, meeting survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake at a huge homeless camp in the Haitian capital. The former presidents, who were making their first joint visit, spearheaded the American relief fundraising effort, which has drawn $37 million so far. "Our... More »

Haiti Observes Day of Mourning

Tens of thousands honor quake victims

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Haitians united today to mourn the victims of the earthquake that devastated the nation 1 month ago. At Champs de Mars, a tent city outside the collapsed National Palace, a 3-day memorial service began. "Haiti has just experienced the biggest tragedy of our history,''... More »

One Island, Two Faults Adds Up to Trouble Ahead

Geologists keeping a worried eye on the Haiti-Dominican Republic hot zone

(Newser) - Haiti's devastating earthquake came as a shock to most non-geologists, but the Caribbean is one of the most seismically active areas in the world. The Caribbean plate is squeezed between two larger plates, the North American and South American, creating loaded fault lines. Haiti's quake was along the Enriquillo line—... More »

Celeb Telethon Rakes In $57M —and Counting

Star-studded 'Hope for Haiti Now' event haul sets record

(Newser) - The Hope for Haiti Now telethon raised $57 million in a day, a record for a disaster relief telethon, and donations are continuing to pour in. Friday night's star-studded event was just the kickoff of a 6-month fundraising effort masterminded by George Clooney, and the preliminary total is even more... More »

'We Are the World' Sequel to Help Haiti

Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie plan 25th anniversary re-recording

(Newser) - It's "We Are the World" take 2, this time for Haiti. Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are getting some of the music industry's top stars together for a 25th anniversary re-recording of the song, with proceeds going to earthquake victims. The gathering will probably take place in Los Angeles... More »

US Begins Airdrops of Food, Water Into Haiti

Effort intended to ease bottleneck at airport

(Newser) - The US began airdropping food and water into Port-au-Prince yesterday in an attempt to unclog the aid bottleneck that continues to thwart relief efforts. The Pentagon, wary of triggering riots among hungry Haitians, had ruled out drops, but finally gave them the go ahead as congestion at the airport hampered... More »

Haiti Recalls 9/11 for Rescuers

But scale of destruction shocks even disaster veterans

(Newser) - The New York Task Force has seen a lot—it has worked to save people at Ground Zero after 9/11, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and now in Port-Au-Prince after last week's earthquake. For these seasoned rescuers, the experience of saving people from disaster doesn't change that much from... More »

Toll Could Hit 200K, Says Haitian Official

Chaos continues in Port-au-Prince, but relief is trickling in

(Newser) - Relief workers in Haiti have collected tens of thousands of bodies so far, with no end in sight. "We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number," the interior minister tells Reuters . If the high... More »

Anger Rising in Haiti Amid Slow Relief

Survivors break into UN warehouse, but get little

(Newser) - Earthquake survivors desperate for food broke into a UN warehouse in Port-au-Prince today, a sign of the growing frustration at delays in relief. UN officials say they've recovered nearly all of their stocks, however, and pledged to hand out 6,000 tons of food shortly. But with necessities such as... More »

Help Is Coming, But Hard to Know If It's Right Kind

With key first 48 elapsed, more ordinary needs take over

(Newser) - With what rescuers call the “golden 48 hours” for finding survivors in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake elapsed, the troubling question arises of whether the medical help flowing to the island will be what’s most needed. Rescue efforts have become more coordinated since the slapdash response to... More »

Obama Is Politicizing Haiti, Rush Maintains

And woman calling him on it is 'bigot' with 'tampons in her ears'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh said today he didn’t mean to discourage private donations to Haiti relief efforts yesterday in insisting that Americans had already made a contribution via income taxes—but did stand by a claim that President Obama is using those efforts to boost his popularity in the black community.... More »

Q&A About Haiti Quake

Questions answered, like why wasn't the Dominican Republic hit?

(Newser) - Confused about why the Haitian earthquake didn't also hit the Dominican Republic or cause a tsunami? Slate provides answers:
  • Why so much destruction? Haiti has no national building codes, and though some follow best practices, inspection is almost nonexistent.
  • Why wasn't the DR affected? It was, but most of the
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Airport Chaos Snarls Relief

Facility had to stop accepting flights, hampering delivery of aid

(Newser) - The one-runway airport in Port-au-Prince is struggling to keep up with traffic and had to temporarily stop allowing incoming flights today. The airport chaos, along with damaged roads, ports, and communications, is seriously complicating international relief efforts, reports the Wall Street Journal . But in one measure of good news, the... More »

Pat Robertson's Network Explains Haiti Comments

He was just repeating what 'countless scholars' have said

(Newser) - The Christian Broadcast Network suggests Pat Robertson is being unfairly vilified after his comments that Haiti is "cursed" because islanders made a pact with Satan. He "never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath," says a CBN statement. He merely repeated what "countless scholars and religious... More »

Free Haiti Flights Turn Out To Be Twitter Hoax

Tweeters also spread rumor of free UPS shipping

(Newser) - If you believe Twitter, then a lot of big-hearted corporations are doing great things for victims of the Haiti quake: American Airlines and Jet Blue are both flying doctors and nurses to Haiti for free, and UPS is offering free shipping on any package to Haiti under 50 pounds. Also,... More »

Geologists Warned of Haiti Earthquake

Calculations predicted temblor of up to 7.2 magnitude—but not timing

(Newser) - Scientists have known for years that the fault Haiti sits on was due for a large-magnitude quake—they just didn’t know when. A 2008 paper predicted a quake registering up to 7.2, but “it could have been the next day, it could have been 10 years, it... More »

George W, Bill Clinton to Lead US Aid Team

Ex-presidents will help direct 'full-court press' on Haiti

(Newser) - In addition to pledging $100 million to Haiti relief efforts, President Obama is calling in some familiar names for help. He's asked former presidents Clinton and the younger of the Bushes to lead US relief efforts, reports Politico . Clinton is currently the UN special envoy to the nation. In other... More »

Red Cross: 50K Dead in Devastated Haiti

Aid begins to arrive for estimated 3M without shelter, food, water

(Newser) - A Haitian Red Cross official estimated today that 45,000 to 50,000 people perished in the shattering earthquake Tuesday, as President Obama pledged US support of $100 million for what he said is likely to be one of the biggest relief efforts in history. Desperately needed aid began arriving... More »

Haiti Quake Cleanup Is Only First Step

Quake will delay but must not stop ongoing development efforts

(Newser) - Before “one of the great humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas” struck, Haiti had a "bright future," Bill Clinton writes. The 42nd president is a UN special envoy to the perennially troubled nation, where he has helped spearhead development efforts. Today, “what Haiti needs... More »

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