quake toll at 285
Survivors built makeshift shelters with sticks and bed sheets Wednesday, a day after their mud houses were flattened in an earthquake that killed 285 people in southwestern Pakistan and pushed a new island up out of the Arabian Sea.
While waiting for help to reach remote villages, hungry people dug through the rubble to find food. And the country’s poorest province struggled with a dearth of medical supplies, hospitals and other aid.
The quake flattened wide swathes of Awaran district, where it was centered, leaving much of the population homeless.
At least 373 people were also injured, according to a statement from the National Disaster Management Authority.
‘We’re ready to talk,’
Iran’s president says
Iran’s new president said Wednesday his country is ready to negotiate and has “nothing to hide” as world powers prepare to revive stalled talks over Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities.
Iran has agreed to meet with six world powers today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to try to restart nuclear negotiations that stalled in April. The West suspects Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon, something Tehran has repeatedly denied.
“If there is political will on the other side, which we think there is, we are ready to talk,” President Hasan Rouhani told editors in New York in a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. “We believe the nuclear issue will be solved by negotiation.”
But Rouhani said Iran must be careful in starting a new relationship with the U.S. after three decades of frozen ties, adding that his first goal is to reduce the distrust.
Sandy Hook 911
tapes to be released
The state’s Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the release of the 911 tapes from last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ruling in favor of an appeal by The Associated Press for access to records withheld by investigators.
The recordings could shed light on the law enforcement response to one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
The FOI panel accepted the recommendation of its hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, who last month rejected an argument from prosecutors that releasing the tapes could harm the investigation into the Dec. 14 massacre. Prosecutors said they would appeal the commission’s ruling in Connecticut’s courts.
Twenty-six people, including 20 first-graders, were killed inside the school by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who committed suicide as police arrived.
made fatal choice
Michael Jackson died because of his own bad choices, not because of anything done by AEG Live, a lawyer for the producer of Jackson’s comeback concerts told jurors Wednesday.
Delivering his closing argument in the long-running negligence case by Jackson’s family, defense attorney Marvin Putnam said the company did not know anything about Jackson’s use of propofol as a sleep aid and did not hire Dr. Conrad Murray to be his physician for the “This Is It” shows in London.
Putnam said Jackson and AEG Live both wanted the concerts to go forward but suggested the company would have pulled the plug on the tour if it had known Jackson was using propofol.