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In an article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Cheating our children" the author reports about the Atlanta cheating scandal.

The author provides a map showing school districts throughout the United States and how their test scores have changed from 2008-2011. For each district, a colored "flag" represents a certain amount the test scores went up.

Red represents the highest amount a test score went up and dark green represented that test scores did not change.

This map was very interactive and helped to get a better visual in the areas of the United States that the article did not report to be cheating, but that could be investigated due to having such a high increase in test scores.

It gives you a chance to play around flagging districts indivdually represented by the flags showing scores across the nation.

Fire broke out at the site of a collapsed factory building in Bangladesh Sunday, NBC news reported.

The fire was started by sparks from saws used by rescuers according to fire service officials, NBC reported.

The collapsed building has already claimed the lives of 377 people, but that number is expected to rise because hundreds of people are still missing, according to BBC news. 2,500 people have already been rescued, BBC reported.

Driver of SUV rollover had been drinking

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Seven people were seriously injured in a rollover crash near I-694 in Fridley Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

All seven people in the care were taken to near by hospitals including a 4-year-old who was not in a car seat or buckled, according to the Pioneer Press.

Jennifer Teetzel, 35, of Minneapolis was driving the vehicle was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and alcohol was detected in her system said a State Patrol officer, according to the Star Tribune.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, the Pioneer Press reported.

Minnesota salmonella cases linked to ducklings

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The Minnesota Department of Health reported a link between three cases of salmonella and ducklings purchased from Tractor Supply Co. in Inver Grove Heights, the Pioneer Press reported.

The cases are associated with multiple outbreaks across the state, according to the Pioneer Press. The cases occurred from late March into early April, the Pioneer Press said.

Health officials ask those who purchased ducklings from the store to take extra precaution and make sure they are constantly washing their hands, according to the Star Tribune.

Boston bomb plot was brother's plan

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The surviving suspect in the Boston bombings has pointed out that his older brother planned the attack without any help from an international terror group, CNN reported.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is hospitalized and has a tube down his throat, has been communicating with authorities by writing and nodding, CNN reported.

Tsarnaev told investigators that Tamerlan's reasons for the attack came from a jihadist belief that Islam is under attack and that he needed to fight back, according to ABC news.

Federal law enforcement said that while investigators have seen no evidence that the suspects had help planning the attack, there is still a lot of investigating to do before they can confirm that the brothers acted alone, CNN reported.

Taliban capture 9 hosatages

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Members of the Taliban captured an Afghan pilot and nine foreign nationals from a transport helicopter, CNN reported.

The helicopter, used to carry food and other supplies for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, was headed towards Kabul when it was forced to make an emergency landing, according to The New York Times.

The Taliban immediately surrounded the helicopter and took the nine foreigners, CNN reported.

The Turkish Foreign ministry is looking into reports and will have more information later Monday, The New York Times reported.

Fairbault police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Saturday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Officers found a stalled car near the police station and found a 26-year-old woman unresponsive and saw that she had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Star Tribune.

Two young children were also in the car but were unharmed. Police took them into custody, Star Tribune reported.

The woman whose identity was not released told police her boyfriend Shane Alan Wilson stabbed her after an earlier dispute and then fled in his car which was found torched near Owatonna, Pioneer Press reported.

Suspect arrested in connection with Shakopee student

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A suspect was arrested Friday in connection with a fatal shooting that left one man dead and two others injured Thursday night in Shakopee, the Star Tribune reported.

A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested by police but they are still looking for two more suspects, according to Pioneer Press.

Authorities found 19-year-old Marcos Pantaleon dead at the scene, according to Pioneer Press. Pantaleon's 17-year old cousin and 22-year-old brother Miguel were taken to Hennipen County Medical Center, the Pioneer Press said.

According to Police, three people came to an apartment in the 600 block of Gorman Street and opened fire on the people inside, Star Tribune reported.

Arrest made in ricin incident

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An arrest was made Wednesday in connection with letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker that contained traces of the poison ricin, CNN reported.

The arrest was made in an area near Tupelo, Mississippi, according to CNN.

The letters were stopped at a government screening facility after authorities found traces of ricin in a primary screening, The New York Times reported.

The Secret Service didn't disclose what was in the letter only saying that it was intercepted, according to the New York Times.

Deadly bomb at Boston Marathon claims 3 lives

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Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing 3 people and wounding 154, CNN reported.

The blasts occurred 50-100 yards apart on a section where spectators cheered the runners to the finish, according to CNN.

The bombs went off just before 3pm with thousands of runners still on the course, CNN said. among the dead was 8-year-old Martin Richard, CNN reported.

Authorities are still looking for who is responsible for this attack and many people are being questioned, the Star Tribune reported.

The bombs were said to be made out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, according to Star Tribune.

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