Apr 5, 2010

What just happened?! Spring has sprung edition

In case you spent the weekend enjoying the lovely spring weather and/or celebrating spring holidays with family and/or obsessively watching basketball, here's what you missed in the news:

  • A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Baja California peninsula on Sunday, spreading tremors and destruction along the U.S.-Mexico boarder. So far two people are reported dead in Calexico, Calif., and Mexicali, Mexico.
  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday, has confirmed that he will retire during Barack Obama's presidency, in order to assure that the court's ideological balance is preserved.
  • A new report by the Department of Homeland Security shows that state and local police officers who enforce federal immigration laws are not adequately screened, trained or supervised, and that the civil rights of the immigrants they deal with are not consistently protected.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency released new water quality guidelines aimed at preventing the kind of damage to Appalachian watersheds that is often caused by mountaintop removal, a controversial mining technique.
  • A Missouri-based company called Talx is profiting from the recession by helping employers like Walmart fight unemployment claims.
  • 114 men have been rescued after being trapped in a flooded coal mine in China for over a week. The status of about three dozen other miners still trapped is unknown.

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