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Earthquake Strikes Christchurch, New Zealand; Protests Intensify in Libya; Pittsburgh Is ‘Most Livable’ U.S. City


• A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 65 people and trapping 200. The quake hit at 12:51 p.m. New Zealand time on Tuesday, and was followed by two aftershocks. More than 150 are feared dead. Google has launched a person-finder app to help. [Telegraph]

Protests in Libya against the rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi have escalated.Tripoli has been described as “a war zone.” Human Rights Watch has confirmed 233 dead. Meanwhile, Libya’s U.N. diplomats are denouncing Qaddafi and calling for his resignation. [NYT]

• Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton will serve as the honorary co-chairmen of the newly created National Institute for Civil Discourse — formed to promote civility in political discourse following the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson — run by the University of Arizona. [WSJ]

• The detective who solved the “Son of Sam” case and cuffed David Berkowitz, Detective Ed Zigo, has died at the age of 84. [NYP]

Pittsburgh is the most “livable” city in the U.S., according to a list compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which evaluates based on “access to health care, culture, environment, and education.” New York comes in at number 56. [Pat’s Papers]

• But! New York is by far the best place to rent. [Ritholtz]

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