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March 30 2007 Current Events Newsletter

For those of you who've spent more time this week spring cleaning than reading the newspaper or watching the news, I've got you covered! I've recapped a short list of current events for you here. This recap covers March 23 through March 29, 2007.

March 23: Japan's Sony Corp. launched the high-end version of its PlayStation 3 game console in Europe.

March 25: A couple was rescued after falling overboard a cruise ship about 150 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas. The man and woman spent four hours in the Gulf of Mexico.

March 25: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck central Japan and caused a small tsunami along the coast. One person was killed and 170 were injured.

March 26: Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper announced that Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental drug overdose Feb. 8.

March 26: Smithsonian Institution announced that Secretary Lawrence Small had resigned. An internal audit found that Small made unauthorized personal charges to the Smithsonian account.

March 27: White House spokesman Tony Snow will undergo chemotherapy treatment after doctors determined that his cancer has returned. Snow had his entire colon removed in 2005 after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

March 28: San Francisco city leaders approved a ban on plastic grocery bags. If signed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the law would require large markets and drug stores to offer customers bags made of paper that can be recycled, plastic that breaks down easily or reusable cloth.

March 28: United Nations health agencies recommended that heterosexual men undergo circumcision to reduce their chances of contracting HIV by up to 60 percent.

March 28: Japan's Prefecture of Hyogo donated $200,000 to the New Orleans Museum of Art to help the children devastated by Hurricane Katrina cope with deep psychological wounds. In 1995, an earthquake ripped through Hyogo's port city of Kobe, killing nearly 6,500 people.

March 29: The U.S. Senate passed a war spending bill that would require U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by the end of March 2008.

March 29: Six decades after the Tuskegee Airmen completed their World War II mission, President George W. Bush presented them with a Congressional Medal.

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