Snowfall results in hundreds of car crashes Sunday

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The first big snowfall occurred Sunday, leaving Minneapolis with about a foot os snow and hundreds of car accidents, the Pioneer Press reports.
Mike Griesinger, National weather service meteorologist told Pioneer Press this weekend's total of 10.2 inches was more than double the largest snowfall last year of 4.4 inches on December 3.
Last year's snowiest month, December, accumulated 7.3 inches of snow, a third less than this weekend's total, the Pioneer Press reported.
"Last year was pathetic in terms of snow," Griesinger told Pioneer Press.
Tomorrow will bring more challenges when the Tin Cities' high won't be more than 10 degress, forecasters told the Star Tribune.
The southwest and west parts of Minnesota made for low visibility. Snowplows were pulled off the roads at about 3 p.m., Kevin Gutknecht, Department of Transportation spokesman, told Star Tribune.

Egyptian President Votes No on Draft Constitution

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Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi called for a "national dialogue" with opposing leaders Thursday to discuss the draft constitution that prompted violent protesting in the past two weeks, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Morsi said in a televised address the charter written by an Islamist-dominated assembly would move to a referendum, the LA Times reported.
Meanwhile, guards watch the palace with tanks, the LA Times reported.
BBC News reported Morsi saying 80 people were detained because of their, "violent acts."
He said supporters of the former President Hosni Muburak's regime were to blame for the current violence, according to BBC News.
The white house said in a statement that, President Barack Obama welcomed Morsi's call for talks but the will be "without precondition."

South Sudanese Journalist killed

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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, A South Sudanese journalist was shot and killed Wednesday night near his home in Juba, the nation's capital, The New York Times reported.
Diing Chan Awuol wrote for numerous online news organizations criticizing the government's policies toward Sudan and its rebel groups, the New York Times reported.
Awoul's brother, William Chan, told Reuter's that his brother complained in his blogs before under the alias of Isaiah Abraham unknown men were attempting to silence him.
"(They said) either stop writing or we will get rid of you," Chan told Rueters.
Police spokesman, James Monday told Reuters they had begun a search for the shooter and have yet to find any leads.
Tim Rhodes, CPJ's East African consultant told Reuters, "By getting to the bottom of this murder and bringing the perpetrators to justice, authorities in South Sudan can demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law and freedom of expression."

Washington State legalizes pot

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Marijuana became legal in Washington State Thursday morning, NPR reported.
According to the Associated Press, the new law comes with many stipulations. You must be 21 or older, you can only have up to an ounce, you can't smoke in public and it is only legal to possess marijuana, not buy it.
Washington State has been given a year to develop a system of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores, the Associated Press reported.
NPR reported that the same ballot initiative that made pot legal also included a new DUI standard. It is now illegal to drive if the THC content reaches 5 nanograms per millimeter.
Aside from safety implications, Washington's new law poses economic questions as well. Washington analysts say a legal pot market could bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in new taxes for schools, health care, and other things, the Associated Press reported.

A 2-year-old dies at the hands of his 4-year-old brother

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A 4-year-old Minneapolis boy accidently shot and killed his 2-year-old brother Wednesday, KSTP News reported.
The boys' father Kao Xiong, 33, told Star Tribune he had a permit to carry the semi-automatic handgun. He wedged it under a pillow and between the head board.
Xiong told Star Tribune, "My heart is broke. I wish I could become a new person."
A neighbor, Michele Prestegard, told KSTP she saw the 2-year-old on the grass near the steps of the family's home as paramedics gave him CPR.
"They picked up his little body and his little body went limp," she said.
Though both parents were home when the boy shot his younger brother, no one knows how he got his hands on the gun, KSTP reported.
"It's preventable," Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer told KSTP, "And if you own a gun or have one in your home you have the responsibility to ensure another tragedy like this one doesn't happen."

Republicans criticize Susan Rice on her Benghazi response

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U.S Senator Susan Rice, is under scrutiny for her remarks on the attack that killed the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans on Sunday morning television, the NY Times reported.
President Barack Obama has expressed his wish for Rice to secede Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the Huffington Post reported.
Rice's errors in the statement she made discouraged many Republican Senators from approving Obama's decision to appoint her the Secretary of state position.
The NY Times reported that Senator John McCain told FOX he would be "very hard pressed," to support Ms. Rice.
"Bottom line, I'm more disturbed than I was before," Senator Lindsay Graham told the NY Times.
Rice defended her claims made on Sunday morning television and said they were based on initial intelligence community assessments and were always subject to change, the Huffington Post reported.
She responded to McCain's criticism by saying, "some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him," the Huffington Post reported.

A former Mexican mayor was found dead earlier this week, after she was reportedly kidnapped a few days earlier in broad daylight, in front of her young daughter, the Huffington Post reported.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta was attacked twice before, CNN reports.
As the mayor of Tiquicheo in 2009 an assassin attempted to shoot Gorrostieta but killed her husband instead.
In January of 2010 she was attacked again, but survived. Gorrostieta was defiant and lifted her shirt to show reporters her scars, CNN reported.
This time around the assassins succeeded in killing the former mayor, kidnapping her as she drove her daughter to school, CNN reported.
Huffington Post reported that Gorrostieta continued to fight for her stance against drugs and violence in an interview with Christian Post.
"Despite that, and despite my own safety and that of my family, what occupies my mind is my responsibility towards my people," she said.
According to the BBC, "two dozen mayors have been murdered since President Felipe Calderon declared war on drug traffickers six years ago," the Huffington Post reports.

The Florida Sherriff's office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony's 2 -year-old daughter, overlooked the Google search term "full proof" suffocation methods made by someone in the Anthony home the day of the child's disappearance, boston.com reported.
Angelo Nieves, Orange County Sherriff's Captain told boston.com that their computer investigator missed the June 16, 2008 search.
It is not known who searched the term but it was reported that the browser used was one Anthony used primarily. She was acquitted for the girl's murder in 2011, boston.com reported.
Fox News reported that investigators pulled information from the Internet explorer browser not the Mozilla Firefox browser, one Anthony used most.
By doing so they missed the more that 1,200 Firefox entries, including the "full proof suffication" entry in which she spelled suffocation incorrectly.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told WKMG, "It's just a shame we didn't have it. This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question," Fox News reported.

University of Minnesota's football coach Jerry Kill suffers another seizure during this Saturday's game against Michigan State University ESPN reported.
The incident occurred during halftime and it was not Kill's first time experiencing a seizure during a game.
Last Year Kill had a seizure near the end of a loss to New Mexico State, ESPN reported. He was hospitalized and spent time away from the team for a while. In October of this year Kill was hospitalized after losing to Northwestern.
ESPN reported Kill's latest seizure being in the locker room as the team was returning to the field. This time the Minnesota coach was not hospitalized.
The Minnesota Daily reported Minnesota's loss 26-10 against Michigan State.
Though the team lost, they are still eligible for a bowl game this season, the Minnesota Daily reported.
Michigan State's running back Le'Veon Bell, ran a career high 226 yards in the game, which was Minnesota's last game of the regular season, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Black Friday sales reach new levels this weekend

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The National Retail Federation released a survey showing that a record number of people went shopping on Black Friday, CNN reported.
Sales on Thanksgiving night went up 9 percent. Last year only 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites compared to this year's 247 million shoppers.
ABC News reported that the increase in sales is due to the earlier start on Thanksgiving Day. Many stores began their sales at 9 p.m. as well as expanding shipping and layaway options, making it easier and more appealing to shoppers.
Not only did amount of shopping increase from last year but also the amount of money spent in 2011. The average shopper spent $423 this year, while they spent only $398 in 2012, ABC News reported.
Total spending went up from $52.4 billion to $59.1 billion in the last year.
"Thanksgiving shopping has really becoming an extension of the day's activities. Whole families are going," NFR President and CEO told CNN.