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dailyphoto100114Companies offer aid for Haiti victims
Companies pledged millions of dollars in aid on Wednesday to help victims of a powerful earthquake in Haiti that devastated much of the impoverished country’s capital and killed thousands. Digicel Group, a top mobile phone operator in Haiti, said it would donate $5 million in cash toward relief efforts and appealed to others to help victims of the quake. Lowe’s Cos Inc (LOW.N) is donating $1 million to the Red Cross’ efforts in Haiti. The second largest U.S. home improvement chain also plans to seek monetary contributions from its customers, spokeswoman Julie Yenichek said. (Continue Reading…)

Pat Robertson says Haiti paying for ‘pact to the devil’
Pat Robertson, the evangelical Christian who once suggested God was punishing Americans with Hurricane Katrina, says a “pact to the devil” brought on the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Officials fear more than 100,000 people have died as a result of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Robertson, the host of the “700 Club,” blamed the tragedy on something that “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it.” The Haitians “were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever,” Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. “And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’. (Continue Reading…)

Bill Clinton: ‘Next 10 days’ critical in Haiti relief efforts
For “three or four more days, we can still find people alive,” Clinton, the U.N. envoy to Haiti, said Wednesday. “The most important thing now is we have got to get people out from under this rubble.” Within the next 10 days, Clinton said efforts will focus on “saving every life we can, and treating the dead with respect so they get a decent burial.” He urged Americans to not travel to Haiti in hopes of helping, but instead make donations that will help supply relief efforts with what they need most — food, water, shelter and first aid supplies. (Continue Reading…)

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