- Making News: Powerful Quake Jolts Iran, Thousands Feared Dead
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake devastated the southern Iranian city of Bam early Friday, leveling many of that city-s homes. Early estimates say that as many as 10,000 people may have been killed and thousands more may be injured. Water, power and phone lines are out, and Iranian television shows 70 percent of the homes in Bam were destroyed. BBC correspondent Miranda Eeles is in Tehran.
- Reporter's Notebook: Television Goes Digital
Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have set December, 2006 as the deadline by which the United States will switch from analogue to digital TV. Though broadcasters and manufacturers of television sets have been resisting, they-ve lost the argument in the federal courts. As always, that-s good news and bad news, according to Harry Shearer, humorist, actor, host of public radio-s Le Show, and a student of broadcast technology.
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