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News Wrap: Truck Crash Kills at Least 23 in Haiti

January 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST
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HARI SREENIVASAN: President Obama pointed to substantial progress today in listening to private sector ideas on the economy. He met with his jobs council made up of business leaders, and he touted the group’s advice on streamlining government.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Every one of the agencies in this government has been focused on how do they improve, get smarter, get better, get faster.

I believe that we have made genuine progress on all these fronts. We would not have made this progress without this jobs council. And I think it will pay off in terms of solidifying this recovery and allowing us to move forward in a way where it actually translates into jobs.

HARI SREENIVASAN: On Wall Street today, stocks started the week with modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average added 60 points to close at 12,482. The Nasdaq rose 17 points to close at 2,728.

Opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker turned in more than one million signatures today to force a recall election. That was nearly twice the number required by state law. The drive began after the Republican governor pushed through a law that ended collective bargaining rights for most public employees. The signatures have to be validated before an election can be scheduled.

In Haiti, at least 23 people were killed when a truck hauling earthquake rubble crashed. More than 50 others were injured. It happened on one of the busiest streets in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. Police said the driver lost control in a hilly area, possibly after the brakes failed. The quake, two years ago, killed more than 300,000 people.

Scientists in Britain have found more than 300 fossils collected by Charles Darwin and his colleagues, who developed the theory of evolution. The fossilized wood and plants were on glass slides, left in an Old Cabinet at the British Geological Survey in London. A few, like this one, bear Darwin’s name. He found them on his famous voyage of discovery on the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. Most of the specimens were collected by Darwin’s close friend Joseph Hooker on his round-the-world excursions in the 1840s.
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