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Major developments Friday in Haiti earthquake disaster

U.S. troops hit the ground

Hundreds of U.S. troops and an aircraft carrier have arrived at the Haiti relief effort, and the commander on the ground said that food, water, medicine and other emergency relief supplies are being rushed to victims. Military officials expect 9,000 to 10,000 troops will be in Haiti and off its shore by Monday.

Protected status granted

The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week's catastrophic earthquake. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the temporary protected status to Haitians already in the country as of last Tuesday.

Bill Clinton eyes aid plan

Former president Bill Clinton said he'll try to pattern a disaster assistance fund for Haiti along the same lines he and former president George H.W. Bush pursued successfully for victims of the Asian tsunami. "If you want to just give $10, you can make a huge difference," Clinton said.

Death toll at 50,000-100,000

Between 50,000 and 100,000 people may have died in the earthquake, according to Jon K. Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization. He said the toll was based on reports from the Haitian government, the prime minister and the Red Cross, but conceded that "it's a huge guess."

6 Americans confirmed dead

The State Department has raised the number of confirmed deaths of Americans in Haiti to six.

FAA temporarily halts flights

The Federal Aviation Administration once again temporarily halted all U.S. flights to Haiti due to a lack of space at Port-au-Prince Airport. Haitian authorities are not accepting any aircraft into their airspace, and aircraft can expect to hold in the air for at least an hour, an FAA advisory said.

Half of all buildings damaged

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says up to 50 percent of the buildings in Haiti's capital and other areas hardest-hit by the earthquake have been damaged or destroyed.

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