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Riot in Mexican prison leaves 13 dead

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A brutal battle between two groups left 13 dead and another 65 injured on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera. Homemade knives and picks were used between the two rival groups of inmates. The incident started when tone of the groups became fed up with harassment form the other group. Authorities at the prison were able to regain control, but not after a large number of casualties. According to authorities 22 of the 65 injured remain in serious condition.

Concepcion Tovar, head of the state's prison system, said the riot was instigated by an inter-prison gang that had been harassing and robbing other inmates for some time, according to Nigeria News. The battle involved over 100 prisoners, and it is unclear whether guards were involved as well. Other riots in the past have been blamed on the same gang that instigated Saturday's brawl.

Violence erupts outside of Spanish parliament

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Protesters became violent outside of the Spanish parliament as lawmakers set to lay out a plan for economic recovery on Friday, according to Strat Risks. Protesters called for lawmakers to stand down. Bottles and firecrackers were thrown at police as some 1,000 protesters "besieged" the capitol.

This response comes as a result of Spain's unemployment rate rising to just over 27 percent, according to a CNN report on Thursday. Young people in the country are very displeased with the actions the country is taking in response to this problem. This unrest ultimately led to the protest on Friday outside of the Spanish parliament.

St. Paul boy ends brutal assault with 911 call

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A 6-year-old boy called St. Paul police on Tuesday and told police that his mother was being assaulted, according to the Pioneer Press. The boy's father, Gregory Donnell Harris, 37, of Minneapolis was charged with with felony domestic assault and violation of orders for protection.

The boy's mother told his father he couldn't stay when he showed up at their house over the weekend, according to MPR. He jumped on top of the woman, punching her and trying to choke her. The young boy grabbed a phone and hit his father in the head. The father chased the son outside where the boy found another phone and dialed 911. The father, who fled the scene, was later arrested by police.

Sewer issue shuts down building in Hennepin county

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An "unpleasant odor" was detected in a Hennepin county building on Friday and the building was shut down, according to the Star Tribune. The building is scheduled to reopen on Monday. The Century Plaza building off 12th Street and 3rd Avenue S., which houses social services and other county services, reported the strong sewage odor early Friday.

The building deals primarily with residents who want to apply for social services, food stamps, health care coverage and other safety net services, according to CBS Local. People wanting to apply for those services can do so at the Northwest Family Service Center at 7501 Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Center.

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits China

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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Sichuan Province in China at 8:47 a.m. local time on Saturday, according to Reuters. The quake killed 203 people and left over 11,000 people injured. It was initially measured at 7.0 on the Richter scale but the US Geological Service estimated the magnitude at 6.6.

This same region suffered a similar earthquake just five years ago, according to CNN. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, some of them as strong as magnitude 5.1, the USGS said. Xu Mengjia, the Communist Party chief of Ya'an, the city that administers the area where the quake struck said because of landslides and obstacles in the area determining the final death toll could take some time.

On Friday evening CNN reported that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had finally been apprehended, bringing to a close a long manhunt. Boston police tweeted: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody." Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who escaped an overnight shootout with police that left his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, was surrounded and captured while hiding in a boat parked in the Boston suburb of Watertown. The arrest came just minutes after police announced the long manhunt had been a failure.

The standoff with Tsarnaev lasted for over an hour, according to Yahoo News. The boat was parked in the backyard of a home not far from where Tsarnaev and his deceased brother engaged in a long shootout with law enforcement just 24 hours prior. Tsarnaev is a student at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The Tsarnaev family is originally from Chechnya, a volatile and once war-torn southern Russian republic. The arrest allows a rattled and tense community to finally breath a sigh of relief.

Bird flu spreads in China

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Reported cases of the bird flu in China have now reached 83, according to Medical News Today. Of those reported cases 17 people have died. In Shanghai alone there have been over 30 confirmed cases and 11 deaths. The National Health and Family Planning Commission wrote that it cannot completely rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission of H7N9, but spread of the infection through humans has not yet been found.

One chicken in China would cost around $3 in the United States, according to a CNN report. China has one of the oldest food traditions in the entire world, and chickens have been a staple for centuries. The way birds are being handled and slaughtered in China has the potential to make a person very sick. Chinese public health authorities are now targeting small villages and towns and putting their poultry trades under intense scrutiny.

Massive explosion hits Texas fertilizer plant

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A fire at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas erupted into a massive explosion Wednesday, CNN reported. At least two people are dead and dozens have gone to local hospitals seeking medical attention. Officials fear that death toll could rise much higher as the investigation continues. The local community of around 2,600 people has been evacuated as officials say a second tank at the plant could also explode.

The Huffington Post's report puts the death toll at 60-70 people, according to a local radio station. Firefighters and first responders are some of the dead and injured. Several people in a nearby nursing home were injured from the blast. Authorities are still investigating the cause.

Bird flu cases on the rise in China

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An estimated 60 cases of the bird flu have been detected in Chinese citizens, according to a BBC report. Authorities believe it is being transmitted by direct contact with poultry. As of the report no cases outside the country have been detected. The World Health Organization says there is no evidence of human-to-human contact.

The virus is found in birds and was never known to affect people until last month, according to CNN. Of the total cases 11 have now been confirmed as fatal. The focus of the World Health Organization's investigation is now the poultry market. Several cities in eastern China have shut down their poultry trade in response to the flu outbreak.

You are now encouraged to "pack heat" when visiting a small, southern Minnesota restaurant called the Langtry Cafe, according to a Pioneer Press story. Every Thursday at this Mower County community called Brownsdale establishment is "conceal and carry day." Customers openly carrying receive a 25 percent discount.

The owner, Steve Nagel, doesn't mind discounting his customers' meals in support of their second amendment rights, according to CBS Minnesota. The restaurant has hosted conceal and carry classes in the past and two classes next month are already sold out.