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April 22, 2010

An explosion on an oil rig caused it to burn for over a day and finally sink 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night, according to a report by CNN.

According to an interview by CNN with Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler, the rig was leaking crude oil at about 8,000 barrels per day, and that a suspected 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel has also leaked from the vessel.

Officials say 126 people were on the rig at the time of the explosion. 11 workers are now missing, with the other 115 accounted for and only 17 of evacuated by helicopter for injuries.

The owner of the rig, Transocean Ltd, has 140 offshore drilling units.

"We are deeply saddened by this event," said Adrian Rose, a vice president for Transocean. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon and their families."

San Andreas Fault due for earthquake

April 20, 2010

In a news report by Ted Rowland from CNN, seismologists believe that the San Andreas Fault is a prime candidate to produce a large earthquake in California.

There have been 80 earthquakes in California and Baja, Mexico in 2010 over a 4.0 magnitude, which is double the number of earthquakes in all of 2009, according to the report.

According to scientists, all but just a few of those were aftershocks, which evens it out to a fairly normal rate.


April 18, 2010

After delaying for four months to tell the government about their faulty gas pedals, Toyota will pay the largest civil penalty given to an automaker ever by the government, according to an article by the Associated Press.

Toyota was given a deadline to accept or contest the $16.4 million dollar fine. A transportation official who declined to speak publicly made an anonymous comment saying that Toyota would agree to the fine so as to avoid going to court, according to the article.

Toyota did not comment.

April 16, 2010

A law banning gay couples and unmarried people to adopt or foster children was overturned last Friday, according to an article by the Associated Press.

"Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance," said Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in an interview with the Associated Press. "They are rights enumerated in our constitution that must not be construed in such a way as to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.

Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, a group of families fought to overturn the law and raise the ban, on the basis that not enough children are adopted or fostered in Arkansas, which has an average of 1,600 children on the list waiting to be adopted, according to the article.

Jerry Cox, leader of the Arkansas Family Council, said he will appeal the decision in the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Real estate guru speaks of Brooklyn's Prospect Park South

April 10, 2010

Mary Kay Gallagher, a 90-year-old woman, has been in real estate for over 40 years, according to an article by the New York Times.

She is focused on the 2.5 square miles bordered by Prospect Park, Avenue H, Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Avenue, commonly called Ditmas Park, according to the article.

In 1970 she sold her first home, a stucco on Marlborough, to a doctor for $59,000. Forty years later, the house is worth $850,000.

Gallagher grew up in Philadelphia, raised by a leather salesman, and didn't start real estate until she was married and had six children, according to the article.

Kensington, Brooklyn home to Darfur immigrants

April 9, 2010

As the voting in Sudan begins, the more than 300 Darfur immigrants gather to protest the incumbent president, according to the New York Times.

Within this community of immigrants, there are huge weddings, family meals, 13-hour days of driving cabs or doing hard labor.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the incumbent president, has been indicted on crimes against humanity for the bloodshed in Darfur.

Auto sales rise this March

Sales of new vehicles rose almost 27 percent in March compared to last March's sales, according to Time.

Toyota's sales, after recalls and controversy, rose 41 percent this march. General Motors also saw increases in sales.

"We're pretty encouraged by our results," said Susan Docherty, GM's vice president of marketing. "Our incentive spend is down significantly from last year."

Chrysler, on the other hand, sits behind with a decrease in sales of eight percent.

Unemployment for recent veterans rising

Unemployment rates for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have risen 14.7 percent, according to an article by CNN.

In previous years, the unemployment rates for these veterans have been 10.2 percent in 2009, 7.3 percent in 2008, and 6.1 percent in 2007, according to CNN.

Director for Veterans for Common Sense Paul Sullivan told CNN that there were several reasons for the unemployment.

"Sometimes the skills from the battlefield don't transfer directly to civilian jobs," said Sullivan.

Robert Culp dies after falling


Actor Robert Culp died at the age of 79 after falling on a sidewalk by a Los Angeles park, according to CNN.

Culp was famous for his role as Kelly Robinson in the TV series "I Spy" in which he costarred with Bill Cosby. He also played Ray Romano's father-in-law on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

While he was pronounced dead a half hour after the fall, according to Officer Rosaria Herrera, it is not clear what the cause of death was. According to Herrera the coroner has opened an investigation.

Culp was survived by Candace Faulkner, his fifth wife. His five marriages left him with five children and five grandchildren, according to CNN.

CNN Photojournalist Margaret Moth Dies


Margaret Moth was a woman who threw herself into war zones and off planes, and gained respect from her peers as she was doing it.

With her heavy makeup, combat boots and black hair Moth was fearless. She was shot in the face while shooting footage in Sarajevo in 1992, according to CNN. After six months she was back in the field.

She was diagnosed with colon cancer three years before she died at the age of 59, on Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota.

In an interview with a CNN documentary crew she said laughing, "Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I'd have gone out with a bit more flair."

Moth grew up in New Zealand, born Margaret Wilson. She later changed her name to Margaret Gipsy Moth. She recieved her first camera at the age of eight, but she said she never aspired to be a photojournalist. According to CNN's article, she "was mostly driven by a love of history and her desire to see it unfold firsthand."

Moth had an affect on many of those around her, including fellow journalists that she took under her wing.

"She took such incredible care of me and taught me so much," said Patty Sagba, a correspondent that worked with Moth in Pakistan. "I can honestly say that the work I did with Margaret Moth is still the very best work of my career."

Moth's ashes will be taken back to her home in Istanbul, where they will be put in her garden so she can be near her cats, as she wanted, according to CNN's article.

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