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  In race against time, rescue teams pause to remember

Hundreds of people missing in quake aftermath

  As aftershocks continue to rattle New Zealand, rescuers are racing against the clock to free any survivors trapped under debris. NBC’s Sara James reports.

Tot gets stuck in toy claw machine

  It took rescue workers an hour to free the 3-year-old Australian boy from the toy vending machine. Alex Witt reports.

Standing up for America's firefighters

  Playbook: Ed Schultz defends firefighters against those who would argue that government spending cuts should including taking anything away from America's bravest public servants.

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  Days of despair in Australia

Having suffered through months of seemingly non-stop natural disasters, Australia's Prime Minister made an emotional address to Parliament on Tuesday as she presented them with an Australian flag found by rescue workers in the floodwaters. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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