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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 »

One More Miracle: Man Rescued in Haiti

Survivor, 23, is in good condition on day rescue operation ends

(Newser) - Rescuers unearthed a 23-year-old man in good condition today from deep beneath the concrete and wooden wreckage of a hotel grocery store, 11 days after Haiti's earthquake struck. Onlookers wearing masks against the stench of the city's decaying bodies cheered when Rismond Exantus, clad in a black T-shirt and black... More »

Simon Cowell to Produce Single for Haiti

Gordon Brown asks the 'Idol' judge to work on charity project

(Newser) - Simon Cowell says he will produce a charity single within 10 days to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. No word yet on which British stars will perform, but Susan Boyle is a possibility. Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Cowell to put together the single, which will be exempt... 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 Hospital Ship Begins Haiti Relief

Navy's Comfort vessel began treating patients even before it pulled in

(Newser) - A flotilla of rescue vessels led by the US hospital ship Comfort converged on Port-au-Prince today to help fill gaps in still-lagging relief efforts. The ships are bringing water, food, and medical help to hundreds of thousands of people surviving in makeshift tents or simply on blankets or plastic sheets... More »

US Troops Land at Haiti's Presidential Palace

(Newser) - Six US Navy helicopters touched down on the grounds of Haiti's damaged presidential palace today, bringing some 100 reinforcements in the struggle to secure Port-au-Prince and provide food and water to survivors. Haitians jammed the fence of the palace grounds to gawk, some cheering as the soldiers emerged. "If... 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 »

As Help Scales Up, So Does Haiti's Nightmare

Survivors increasingly desperate for aid

(Newser) - The staggering scope of Haiti's nightmare came into sharper focus yesterday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the quake-ravaged heart of this tragic land. In one step to reassure frustrated aid groups, the US military agreed to give aid deliveries priority over military flights... 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 »

3 Presidents Team Up on Haiti

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush join Obama at White House

(Newser) - President Obama said today that America "stands united" with the Haitian people as he thanked two former presidents for agreeing to help raise billions to rebuild the Caribbean nation. Obama met in the Oval Office with George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and they announced a new website for... 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 »

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