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At least 337 dead in Peru quake PERU
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck off the coast of central Peru Wednesday evening, and series of aftershocks rocked the country in the hours that followed.
The death toll from the quake grew quickly overnight with at least 337 dead and more than 1,350 injured, Peru’s Health Ministry reported.
Dean Meet Erin CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Bands of rainfall spun off by Tropical Storm Erin rolled ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast early Thursday, while the first hurricane of the 2007 season — Hurricane Dean — gained strength in the Atlantic.
Signs of HOPE HUNTINGTON, Utah
Rescue workers said they detected a noise Wednesday night though it’s unclear what it was deep inside the Utah mine where six men have been trapped for nine days.
“We saw some indication of noise for a period of about five minutes that we had not seen before,” said Richard Stickler, director of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. “We’re not sure what it means.”
Bob Murray, president and CEO of mine co-owner Murray Energy Group, told reporters, “Don’t read too much into this noise we picked up.”
“But it is a sign of hope,” he said.
BLACK THURSDAY NEW YORK
The stock market tumbled again Wednesday after the Federal Reserve added more cash to the banking system but failed to quash investors’ jitters about problems in lending.
The market traded nervously, jerking the Dow Jones industrial average above and below the 13,000 mark throughout the day as investors wrestled with reports about potential trouble at Countrywide Financial Corp. and KKR Financial Holdings.
At the close, the Dow was down 167.45 points, or 1.29 percent, to 12,861.47, closing below 13,000 for the first time since April 24.