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July 12th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Ochocinco's biggest challenge yet

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver spoke with CNN's American Morning on the ups and downs of reality show dating.

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July 12th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Swiss won't extradite Polanski on child sex charge

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Director Roman Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland pending extradition to the United States."]

(CNN) - Switzerland will not send Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States to face child sex charges, the Ministry of Justice announced Monday.

He is now free, the ministry said.

Polanski pleaded guilty in Los Angeles, California to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but fled to Europe before he was sentenced.

He was arrested in Switzerland last year and had been fighting extradition since then.

Switzerland was not making a decision about the severity of the charge or whether Polanski was guilty, Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said.

"It's not about qualifying the crime. That is not our job. It's also not about deciding over guilt or innocence," she said.

The Swiss rejected the American request because the United States did not supply all the legal records Switzerland requested, and because Polanski had a reasonable right to think he would not be arrested if he visited the country, she said.

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July 12th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Wyclef Jean helping to rebuild homeland

NEW YORK ( - U.S. relief organizations have raised $1.3 billion in donations over the six months since an earthquake devastated Haiti, according to a philanthropy expert.

While much of the money is yet to be spent, even more will be needed to rebuild the battered nation. Wyclef Jean spoke to CNN's American Morning Monday on the rebuilding process. Watch Video

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Filed under: Haiti
July 12th, 2010
07:17 AM ET

Haiti six months later: How much has changed since earthquake?

It's been six months since a devastating earthquake struck the island nation, which killed 300,000 people and left at least 1.5 million others homeless . Billions of dollars have been raised to help Haiti rebuild but how much has really changed since the quake? CNN's Ivan Watson reports. Watch Video

Filed under: Haiti
July 12th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Students help to clear the rubble of the Anglican Cathedrale Episcopale Sainte Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday."]

Six months after quake, Haiti still suffers

(CNN) (CNN) - On January 12, the earth shook here. More than 220,000 people were killed. More than 300,000 people were injured. The city and large stretches of surrounding countryside were devastated.

Six months later, not much appears to have changed. It still looks like a bomb just dropped on this city.

The government has barely begun the cleanup process. Roads in the center of the city are still blocked by debris. And some experts predict that it could take up to 20 years to remove all of it.

"We have moved 250,000 cubic meters of rubble, which sounds like a lot, until you realize there's 20 million cubic meters of rubble here," said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the United Nations office of humanitarian affairs in Haiti.

The U.N. estimates 1.5 million people currently live in camps. That means roughly one in nine Haitians are homeless.

And Wall says the situation is so difficult that six months from now, it may still look the same. Read more

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