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Indian spiritual leader dies at 85.

Well-known and followed Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 85, died Saturday of respiratory failure, said his doctors in an article for CNN. His followers in India and other countries overseas considered him to be a living god said CNN.
Sai Baba was credited by millions of followers as having supernatural powers including the ability to conjure objects out of thin air, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
The majority of Sai Baba's followers were Hindus, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Skeptics of Sai Baba thought he conjured simple magic tricks to fool his followers and worshipers, said The Hindu Business Line. Sai Baba had set up numerous foundations to help the poor, including The Trust, which was aimed at education, health, and drinking water quality for lower classes, reports The Hindu Business Line. Sai Baba had battled with his health for the last 28 days before his death, reports The Hindu Business Line.

Five people killed in suicide attack in

A suicide bomber dressed as an Afghan soldier attacked a joint NATO/Afghan force base in eastern Afghanistan Saturday morning killing five NATO troops and four Afghan soldiers, reported The LA Times. The bomber was wearing a vest packed with explosives at the entrance to the joint force base, said Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi in an article for the LA Times.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the suicide bomber was part of the Taliban. The Taliban claimed that the attacker was an Afghan National Army recruit, reported by the Wall Street Journal.
CNN reported that only five foreign soldiers were killed. CNN also reported that the blast wounded eight more soldiers and four interpreters.

Shooting rampage leaves Dutch town in shock

A gunman went on a shooting rampage at a shopping mall Sunday in a small Dutch town in the Netherlands, according to Reuters. Six people died, including two children, says Reuters in an article. The gunman shot and killed five people before turning the gun around and killing himself, reports BBC News. Officials said that the gunman had permits for five weapons, but it is unknown whether or not one of the five was used in the shooting, according to BBC News.
In another article, CNN reported that 16 people total were injured. The gunman is identified as 24-year-old Tristan V in an article for

Tsunami damage estimates are expected to continue rising

After wiping out homes, businesses, schools and and other buildings, the tsunami damage estimates for Japan total $300 billion, as reported by CNN.
Damage from the earthquake was not localized to Japan, as Hawaii reports damage upwards of $10 million, reports The Honolulu Civil Beat. Damage to state property alone in Hawaii totals $3 million, according to The Honolulu Civil Beat.
Damage from the earthquake is not limited to property damage, as Australia reports over
$2 billion decreases from exporting profits (Japan is Australia's second largest trading partner), reports ABC News.
"Damage to crops will be close to $2 billion," said Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan in an interview for ABC News, "and the loss of activity to the tourism industry is expected to amount to $400 million."

The workers from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have gained a lot of attention for their heroic efforts to save Japan from nuclear reactor meltdown.
Known as the "Fukushima 50," the nearly 250 workers of the Fukushima nuclear plant have been staying at the plant in rotations of 50 workers at a time to limit their exposure to radiation. While they are at the plant, they have been living in conditions the size of an average living room with limited food and supplies, as reported by the Calgary Herald.
Even if the workers do succeed in protecting the plant and survive, they face many unknown consequences from the radiation they have been exposed to thus far. Leukemia, cataracts and sickness are among the risks involved in their work, said David Richardson, a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, in an interview for BBC news. "The workers in 20 or 30 minutes are being exposed to radiation levels that a typical worker at a nuclear facility would accrue over an entire career" Richardson added in the interview.
It isn't entirely clear how much radiation the workers are being exposed to, reported ABC News. The amount of radiation a worker is legally allowed to be exposed to changes in emergency situations. Many times radiation related illnesses take 30-40 years to set in, said the same article.
It has been common practice to ask older workers to volunteer at nuclear plants in emergency situations because they are considered to be past their reproductive age in life, said an article for ABC News.
Despite massive amounts of radiation exposure, not all experts believe the workers will face deadly consequences, ""These guys are not necessarily laying down their lives for their country and friends. We have a good understanding of what we can actually expose ourselves to. NHK said this morning that the workers are allowed to go in for a very short period of time, make an adjustment on a fuel generator or a pump or a valve, maybe take some data from a gage, and then they go back out," said Jere Jenkins, the director of Radiation Laboratories at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. in an article for ABC News.

Earthquake sends powerful shockwaves through Japan.

After the most powerful earthquake in Japan's history hits the north-east coast, people across the country are dealing with power outages, evacuations and a constantly-rising death toll.

The death toll in Japan is expected to rapidly rise from the currently estimated 350. As BBC News reported, "In one ward alone in Sendai, a port city in Miyagi prefecture, 200 to 300 bodies were found." (

According to a Japanese coast guard official, the search for a ship that carried 80 dock workers is currently underway after the tsunami swept it away from shore, as CBS News reported. (

Efforts to locate the over 500 people that have been reported as missing may be halted by the power outages and evacuations near nuclear power plants. A state of emergency has been declared at one nuclear power plant, where the normal cooling systems have failed, according to BBC News. Thousands of people from miles around the plant have been ordered to evacuate the area immediately.

While power outages and debris have made it difficult to accurately account for how many lives have been lost, as CBS News reported, "The most serious earthquake of the past several decades struck near Kobe in January 1995, killing more than 6,000 people and measured only a 6.8." The recent earthquake in Japan was magnitude 8.9 and had over 50 aftershocks, many of which were over magnitude 6.0.

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