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Newsfeatures Budget for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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^An Australia in flames tries to cope with an 'animal apocalypse'<

AUSTRALIA-FIRES-WILDLIFE:LA — Sam Mitchell balanced himself on a eucalyptus branch 30 feet above the ground as his meaty right fist clutched a koala, which wailed like a pig with breathing problems. The dark gray marsupial batted its 3-inch black claws in the air helplessly, and minutes later Mitchell crawled down. He and the animal were safely on the ground.

Across much of Australia, volunteers and professionals are fighting to contain widespread blazes, with many also taking risks to save wildlife being killed by the millions. Kangaroo Island, a popular tourist destination and wildlife park off Australia's southeast coast, has been home to some of the worst damage to the nation's biodiversity.

1300 (with trims) by Joseph Serna and Susanne Rust in Kangaroo Island, Australia. MOVED




On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake. The disaster claimed 316,000 lives, left 1.5 million homeless and another 1.5 million injured. The Miami Herald, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, examines the aid and rebuilding over the past decade.


^A decade after the earthquake, Haiti's church bells are starting to ring again<

HAITI-QUAKE-10YEARS-CHURCHES:MI — The imposing concrete facade of St. G rard Catholic Church sits on top of a steep hill in the historic Carrefour-Feuilles neighborhood overlooking the Haitian capital, its unfinished bell tower rising toward the heavens, its uncovered dome roof partially obscured from view by royal poincianas not yet in bloom.

Construction came to a grinding halt three months ago.

One of Haiti's largest and hardest hit institutions in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, the Catholic Church was brought to its knees 10 years ago this month when the massive quake caused an estimated $200 million worth of damage to church buildings in this predominantly Catholic nation.

But where foreign and Haitian governments have struggled to make progress after the quake, the Catholic Church has been largely successful.

2350 (with trims) by Jacqueline Charles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED


^Millions went to rebuild Haiti's churches. So why is Notre-Dame Cathedral still in ruins?<

HAITI-QUAKE-10YERS-NOTREDAME:MI — In its day, it was one of the most iconic buildings in Haiti, a symbol of artistry, religious fervor and God's grace.

Today, the earthquake ruins of Port-au-Prince's collapsed cathedral stand as a powerful reminder of not just the catastrophic disaster that struck Haiti 10 years ago this month, but of the slow pace of the recovery, waning interests from donors who once rushed to help and the cycle of political, economic and security aftershocks that have followed since.

700 by Jacqueline Charles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED



^Body cameras may not be the easy answer everyone was looking for<

POLICE-BODYCAMERAS:SH — When a Maine state senator introduced a bill last year to require all police officers to wear body cameras, she expected some discussion.

But the response that Democratic state Sen. Susan Deschambault got was stronger than she anticipated. Several groups, including police chiefs and municipal and county commissioners, opposed it, citing concerns about cost and questioning the necessity of requiring every officer to wear one. And the American Civil Liberties Union asked for the bill to be amended, saying that requiring the cameras without more study was premature.

1900 (with trims) by Lindsey Van Ness in Washington. MOVED


^Fact check: Team Trump says administration's action on health care 'is working.' Is it?<

^TRUMP-HEALTHCARE-FACTCHECK:KHN—<With the 2020 election months away, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is touting his health care record as a key reason voters should grant him another term.

Those talking points were distilled in a Dec. 31 social media post from Team Trump, the campaign's official Twitter account, and again in a post on Monday from the president's account. It represents messaging the president will likely repeat, especially as polls consistently show health care is a top concern for voters.

1550 by Shefali Luthra. MOVED




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