Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Deadly quakes in China...Russian leader praises Obama...Olympic honors

BEIJING (AP) — China says a series of strong earthquakes that struck its western Qinghai (CHING'-hye) province has killed at least 67 people. China Earthquake Networks Center says the strongest of the quakes had a magnitude of 7.1. The agency issued a statement saying many houses collapsed. Rescue efforts are being hindered by communications problems.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has made a surprise visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, took a helicopter tour of the shattered capital, where many people are still homeless from the Jan. 12 earthquake. They also walked past an area where families are still camping out.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE'-tree med-VYEH'-dyev) is praising President Barack Obama for his nuclear security summit. Russia was one of 47 nations represented at the event in Washington. Participants pledged to secure all nuclear materials within four years.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor's assistant says an Ohio man accused of putting two children in a trash bin has been found guilty of attempted murder and other counts. The father had pleaded no contest. The children, an 8-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, spent about 13 hours in the bin before being discovered.

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's Olympic athletes will visit the White House next week. They'll be congratulated by the president for their performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. In all, the U.S. won 37 medals, a record for the Winter Games, including nine gold.

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