Typhoon survivors march in city to boost morale

Philippines

Typhoon survivors march in city to boost morale

A Roman Catholic priest led dozens of displaced typhoon survivors on a march through the shattered Philippine city of Tacloban on Tuesday, seeking to boost its spirits. The marchers sang "We shall overcome" as they toured parts of Tacloban, at one point skirting some unburied corpses in bags by the roadside. The Rev. Robert Reyes, an activist priest known for running long distances across country to draw attention to social issues, said the marchers were living in a church and a sports stadium. "This is not an ordinary march. We call it the walk to overcome," Reyes said. Typhoon Haiyan cut a path across eastern and central Philippines on Nov. 8, with some of the fastest wind speeds on record. It killed or has left missing more than 5,000 people and displaced an estimated 4 million people. A major international relief mission is under way to help the survivors.

Washington

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that he's considering changing his chamber's rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama's nominations, a warning shot that suggested Democrats might move to end a long-simmering partisan dispute. Reid's comments came a day after Republicans used a filibuster — which take 60 votes to end — to block the third Obama nominee since Oct. 31 to an influential federal appeals court.

Spring City, Pa.

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Washington

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Charlottesville, Va.: State Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009, was stabbed Tuesday at his home during an altercation with his son, who then apparently took his own life, authorities said.

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Typhoon survivors march in city to boost morale 11/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:59pm]

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