- Making News: Tsunami Death Toll Tops 44,000 Estimates of the number of lives lost in the tsunamis that swept across Southeast Asia to the shores of Africa have risen to 44,000, with the toll expected to rise still higher. The United Nations has said the relief effort may be the costliest in history. From Indonesia, Endy Bayuni, chief editor of the Jakarta Post, reports on one of the countries hardest hit by tsunamis, with more than 20,000 dead.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Death of Author Susan Sontag One of America-s most influential - and often controversial -- intellectuals passed away today. A passionate human rights activist, Susan Sontag was the author of seventeen books and numerous essays, on subjects ranging from pornography to photography, from the choreography of George Balanchine to the causes of 9/11. Steve Wasserman, editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, shares highlights of their 30-year friendship.
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