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Earthquake hits Myanmar

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An Earthquake hit the shores of northern Myanmar Sunday morning, killing as many as 12 people, the Associated Press reported.
The affects of the quake escalated when the Ayayawaddy-river-crossing bridge collapsed, injuring 15, Xinhuanet News said.
Initial reports show damages to 102 homes, 21 religious buildings, 48 government offices and four schools, the AP said.

Hurricane Sandy Telethon raises $23 million

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A Hurricane Sandy telethon raised $23 million Friday night, USA Today said.
The telethon, put on by NBCUniversal and the Red Cross, featured performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera, USA Today reported.
The telethon took place over a one-hour commercial-free telecast, NBCNews said.
"We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy," American Red Cross Chief Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer said, NBCNews reported.

New York Marathon cancelled

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Sunday's New York Marathon was cancelled Friday mayor Michael Bloomberg's office, the Huffington Post reported.
"The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City's life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch," Bloomberg and New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said in a joint statement, reported ESPN. "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division."
Bloomberg had recently planned to proceed with the marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the decision to cancel the marathon came after heavy scrutiny.

Multiple cities along the east coast have begun evacuations in preparations for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the U.S. this week.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered evacuations of areas throughout the city, affecting an estimated 375,000 people, Reuters reported.
"If you don't evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you," Bloomberg said. "This is a serious and dangerous storm."
"Don't be stupid. Get out," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The National Hurricane Center said the states of New York and New Jersey can expect water levels to rise from six to 11 feet, the Tribune reported.

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