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Latest From Haiti: Chaotic Scenes; Aid Bottlenecks; Rising Tensions

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Here's some of the latest news from Haiti as that nation struggles to recover from Tuesday's devastating earthquake. We'll be updating this post, and have more reports on The Two-Way, throughout the day. Be sure to hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions:

Update at 6:22 p.m. ET The Obama Administration granted Haitians in the U.S. illegally as of Jan. 12, 2010, the day the earthquake hit Haiti, temporary protected status which will allow them to remain and work for at least 18 months. At the same time, the administration said it would stop and eventually return any Haitians who try to get into the U.S. since the earthquake.

Update at 4:48 p.m. ET Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to travel to Haiti Saturday to talk with officials there and see the relief efforts first hand.

Update at 4:15 p.m. ET: Actor Rainn Wilson ("Dwight") Is Auctioning Items From The Office To Raise Money For Haiti Relief.

Update at 2:45 p.m. ET:

— USAID Chief Vows Steady Increase In Help For Haiti.

Video: Haitians Sing To Lift Their Spirits.

Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake In Venezuela Rattles Nerves.

— On January 22, A Telethon For Haiti, With George Clooney And Wyclef Jean. (A post at Monkey See.)

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET: Racing Against Time, Rescuers Score Some Successes In Port-au-Prince.

Update at 12:43 p.m. ET: A special U.S. Air Force unit responsible for making critical but stricken airports function has brought order to the Port-au-Prince airport, taking over from a smaller Air Force unit that had gotten overwhelmed.

Update at 12:05 p.m. ET: 'Calm And Order' Being Maintained, Looting Only 'Sporadic', U.N. Spokesman Says.

Update at 11:25 a.m. ET:

— Haiti's President Says 'Thank You, Thank You, Thank You' To Americans.

— Up To 10,000 U.S. Troops Expected By Monday; Looting Reported Today.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. Bill Clinton On Haiti: 'Most Important Thing' To Do Right Now Is Donate Money.

Update at 9:25 a.m. ET: United Nations Says Its Food Stocks Are Safe, Looting Was Limited.

Update at 8:25 a.m. ET: "Everything Is Breaking Down"; Haitians Grow Increasingly Desperate.

— "Dead Bodies Are Now Commonplace" — From Port-au-Prince, NPR's Greg Allen, describes the crowded, chaotic scene. Also, NPR's Adam Hochberg tells of the problems caused by overcrowding at Haiti's one international airport, and NPR's Joanne Silberner tells of the near collision that a plane she was on had above Port-au-Prince's airport:

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— Security A Growing Concern — " Aid workers hoping to distribute food, water and other supplies to a shattered Port-au-Prince are warning their efforts may need more security Friday as Haitians grow increasingly desperate and impatient for help." (The Associated Press.)

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— World Food Program's Warehouse Looted — "The U.N. World Food Program said its warehouse in the capital, Port-au-Prince, containing 15,000 tons of provisions had been looted, though it was not yet clear how much food had been taken." (The Guardian.)

— Aid Is Coming, But Injured Now Far Outnumber Medical Personnel — From Port-au-Prince, NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on the frantic search for medical help:

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— "Tensions Mount In Devastated Capital" — "The distance between life and death was narrowing in this flattened city on Friday, with survival after the huge earthquake depending increasingly on the luck of being freed from under rubble, on treating the thousands of wounded, and on speeding the halting flow of emergency food and water." (The New York Times.)

— Crisis Requires "Hemisphere-Wide" Response, But Haitians Also Must End "Politics Of Group And Gang" — Timothy Carney, a former U.S. ambassador to Haiti, said the effort to rebuild Haiti will be difficult and that if the country is to stand on its feet, it must make some changes of its own. (Morning Edition):

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— U.S & Cuba Coordinate On Medical Flights — The White House issued a statement this morning saying that "we have coordinated with the Cuban government for authorization to fly medical evacuation flights from the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Miami, Fla., through Cuban airspace, cutting 90 minutes off one-way flight time."

— "There's A Girl Right In Front Of Me At The Moment ... She's Covered In Bandages ... Her Lips Are Shaking ... It's Heart-Breaking". Last evening on All Things Considered, the emotion in the voice of NPR's Jason Beaubien told a lot about the tragedy:

For more of NPR's coverage of the crisis in Haiti, click here.

Reminder: We have links here to many of the aid groups that are working in Haiti.

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