Hazing gone wrong ends in death at FAMU

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The drum major of Florida A&M University died after an alleged hazing went wrong on a bus ride home from a losing game in Orlando.

Robert Champion, 26, lay on the floor of the bus, not breathing, as students called 911 ABC reported.

The caller who made the 911 call never revealed why the drum major was so badly hurt. Police are staying silent also.

But, ABC reported that the University president has dismissed four students from FAMU, and 30 students were dismissed from the marching band.

Police are also investigating the hazing of an 18-year-old clarinet player in the FAMU marching band, who came home a month ago barely able to use her legs.

According to ABC, the band director, Julian White, has been fired and Florida's governor is pushing for more strict rules.

American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan

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An American aid worker that was kidnapped from his Pakistani home in August, is now an Al Qaeda hostage.

Warren Weinstein was kidnapped in Pakistan, ABC reported, but won't be released until the United States meets the nine demands the Al Qaeda has requested via video.

Weinstein worked as a development expert with furniture sellers and dairy farmers. His work was uncontroversial ABC reported.

This kidnapping comes as a shock because the tactic hasn't been used as a weapon in Pakistan since Danny Pearl was kidnapped and executed in 2002.

According to ABC, Weinstein's kidnapping was more of a political statement than it was to make money.

Cargill unexpectedly cuts 2,000 employees

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Cargill, the food and agricultural giant, cut 2,000 Minnesotan employees on December 1 without any warning.

Several people told Kare 11 that they were laid off in a widespread job cut earlier this week.

Employees said they were called in on the first of the month, let go without warning and were told to immediately leave the building. They also were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, preventing them from speaking publically on the matter, Kare 11 reported.

Cargill employs 138,000 people world-wide, though the headquarters are based in Minnesota.

Kare 11 reported that Mike Cargill refused to comment on the cuts and the company has not yet issued a statement regarding the lay-offs.

Cain suspends presidential campaign

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Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign today after allegations of a long-term affair and sexual harassment were brought down on him.

Cain's wife, Gloria, stood by and cheered him on, as he proclaimed his suspension in front of his brand new campaign headquarters in Atlanta that will now never be used, ABC reported.

"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain said on ABC.

In his announcement, ABC reported that Cain repeatedly mentioned the "false and unproved accusations" that were "spinned in the media" and how that spin has hurt his family.

But, Cain ended his announcement by saying, "I am at peace with my God. I am peace with my wife, and she is at peace with me."

Concordia University volleyball team drives for five

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Concordia University's division II volleyball team is attempting to win their fifth consecutive national title.

According to KSTP the students are calling it the Drive for Five, as the St. Paul school will be the first division II team to ever do this.

The school even moved the University Christmas Choir concert up a few hours on Saturday so students can attend both events.

Shelly Schwalm, a student at the University, set up a projector in a lounge room for the students to meet on campus and watch the game together.

Schwalm said on KSTP, "There's an opportunity for them to come together in a place on campus and feel more a part of it, than just sitting in their dorm room and watching it by themselves."

Two University of California, Davis police officers are placed on administrative leave until further investigation after a dispassionate use of pepper spray Friday afternoon.

According to The Guardian, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has taken full responsibility for the episode, in which a university police officer fired pepper spray on a line of sitting demonstrators as bystanders scream at the officer to stop.

The New York Times reported that video of the incident spread virally across social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

According to The New York Times, Katehi, said Sunday that she is insisting the investigation is completed in 30 days, when, a day earlier, she said it would take at least 90 days. The university's faculty association asked Katehi to resign due to a "gross failure of leadership," according to The Guardian.

However, a law enforcement official said the use of force is standard police procedure in protests, especially because videos show active resistance from protestors, The Guardian reported.

The use of pepper spray came after students set up tents on campus in support for the Occupy movement and in solidarity with protests at the University of California, Berkeley, the New York Times reported.

Ten people at the protest were arrested, cited and released on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals, university officials said in The Guardian.

In Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's largest shantytown, 3,000 troops declared a victory over the drug dealers.

The CNN story begins with a scene of Special Forces raiding Rocinha Monday morning.

The troops won in just two hours and didn't fire a single bullet, and for most Rocinha's 100,000 residents Monday was just another day, CNN reported.

The operation was an effort to eliminate drug gangs before the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympic games, and to restore Rio de Janeiro. But still, it's a work in progress, as piles of trash line the streets and a mess of electrical wires dangle over residential houses.

According to CNN, in addition to the victory raid, Rocinha's top drug trafficker, Antonio Francisco Bomfim, was captured by police last week.

Unusual winter fire in Reno blazes

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A fire in southwest Reno, Nev. Friday blazed through more than 400 acres, destroyed 25 homes, killed at least one person and injured several more as the violent winds spread the blaze.

The Washington Post story starts out with Kristina Wright, a woman who lives on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, sleeping in front of the TV in her home. She awoke to flames, not to snow, as the weatherman predicted.

The fire likely started in Caughlin Ranch, a neighborhood bordering forest-covered hills, after 12:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but a downed power line or a homeless encampment in the area is a probable cause the Post reported.

The violent winds, in excess of 70 mph, likely carried embers up to a mile away from the source, as the police went door-to-door, urging residents to evacuate in the middle of the night.

According to the Post, at least 400 firefighters from a 260 mile radius came to Reno early Friday to help contain the flames.

St. Paul's 8-year-old boy genius

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Mani Chadaga is an 8-year-old math genius taking classes at the local junior-high magnet school.

The Pioneer Press article starts with a scene of second-grader Mani Chadaga in his junior high algebra class at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School, trying to make himself inconspicuous.

Mani's parents say his math fascination began at age 2 with the creation of Number Creatures. Mani drew pages of numbers with faces and different personalities living in their galaxy called Hexer, according to the Pioneer Press.

Since then, he learned to add and subtract by age 4, count to 1,000 by kindergarten, and multiply by age 5. Weeks after starting first grade, Mani had advanced to fourth-grade math. That spring he took fifth-grade math, and that summer he excelled in a sixth-grade textbook, which is how Mani is now in a junior-high algebra class.

His parents, Vivek and Julia Chadaga, are just trying to find ways to keep him stimulated but also spend most of the school day with his peers.

According to the Pioneer Press, next year, Mani will start pre-calculus and as a sixth-grader, he could start a calculus course through the University of Minnesota's Talented Youth Mathematics Program, an honors-level college-credit alternative for middle and high school students.

Roseville man shot dead by police

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Wayne Malone was shot dead by police on Thursday after a 911 domestic disturbance call was placed from a woman who sounded like she was being strangled.

The Pioneer Press article starts off with a day-in-the-life description of Malone, 55, portraying him as a stand-up citizen that was a "helpful neighbor and a man who was protective of his family." He was a Navy veteran that lives with his wife and college-age daughter, shovels his sidewalks in the winter and patrols his building's perimeter for safety.

He also threatened to kill the residents of his building last summer.

According to Roseville police, Malone was brandishing a pistol in a threatening manner in the doorway of his apartment when they arrived at his complex on Larpenteur Avenue. Police fired up to eight shots and hit Malone twice the Pioneer Press reported.

Police then evacuated the three-story building's 40 residents for more than seven hours until the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension processed the scene.

According to Malone's brother, Charles, Malone's wife and daughter both said they didn't place the 911 call.