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Attempts to stop April 20 gathering successful

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Steps were taken Friday at the University of Colorado to stop an annual gathering promoting marijuana smoking, according to CNN and the Huffington Post.

In the past, the Norlin Quad on the university campus has drawn anywhere from 10,000 to 12,000 people for the gathering, which takes place at 4:20 p.m. on April 20, according to CNN.

This year, in order to stop the event from going forward, university officials closed the campus to people who were outsiders and put a fish-based fertilizer on the quad, to give the area a bad smell. In addition, the quad was cordoned off with yellow police tape and guarded by officers, according to CNN.

"People fly in from around the country to participate. We don't understand why they have to come to (this) campus," University spokesman Bronson Hilliard said, according to CNN.
"I do not see any justification for the university shutting it down," said student organizer Daniel Ellis Schwartz, who said the measures infringe on First Amendment rights to protest. Schwartz suggested there also would be an off-campus protest against the university's measures to stop the event, according to the Huffington Post.

One dead and four missing after yacht accident

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One is dead and four others are missing off of the coast of San Francisco after powerful waves swept crew members from their yacht Saturday, according to CNN and CBS News.

The 38-foot yacht named "Low Speed Chase" was competing a race from San Francisco Bay around the Farallon Islands, a 60-mile race. The vessel was hit by a large wave that washed some crewmembers overboard, Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read said, according to CNN.

The crew remaining on the yacht turned the boat around to rescue those thrown overboard and got hit by another wave that sent the boat into nearby rocks where it ran aground, according to CNN.

Rescue crews found three crewmembers clinging to rocks, approximately 300 feet from Low Speed Chase, and the body of one crewmember was pulled from the water. There is no word on the condition of the three survivors, according to CNN.

Low Speed Chase was taking part in the Full Crew Farallon Race, a contest that dates to 1907, according to CNN.

A Navy fighter jet crashed into apartment buildings in Virginia Friday after experiencing a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction" during takeoff, according to CNN and the Boston Globe.

Just before the jet hit the apartment buildings, it dropped loads of jet fuel over the military community of Virginia Beach, according to CNN. It is unclear whether the release of the fuel was due to the mechanical malfunction or if it was a purposeful maneuver by the pilot, according to the Boston Globe.

Both pilots, who live in Virginia Beach, are suffered minor injuries, and five other people were injured on the ground, according to CNN.

None of the residents in the building that was hit has been reported missing to authorities, but as of Friday three residents were still unaccounted for. Rescue crews are using a checklist of all occupants in the five buildings in an effort to account for all residents, according to CNN.

Bruce Nedelka, Virginia Beach EMS division chief, said that the plane not having as much fuel on board "mitigated what could have been an absolute massive, massive fireball and fire. With all of that jet fuel dumped, it was much less than what it could have been.''

Keith Olbermann was dropped from program on Current TV, co-founders of the network, former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, announced Friday, according to CNN and the Huffington Post.

"Current was ... founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann, and we have ended it," Gore and Hyatt said in an open letter to viewers on their website, according to CNN.

Olberman said via Twitter Friday that he had tried to convince Gore and Hyatt to work out the "issues" they were having internally and denies that the statements on the Current TV website are true, according to CNN.

"I will be filing against them presently," Olbermann said, before later posting that the "truth of the ethics" of Gore and Hyatt "will come out," in the legal proceedings, according to CNN.

In addition to denying the accusations of Gore and Hyatt, Olbermann also attacked Hyatt personally, according to the Huffington Post.

"To understand Mr. Hyatt's 'values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,' I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee," said Olberman via Twitter, according to the Huffington Post.

Olberman is referring to a 1990 case in which Hyatt's law firm illegally fired an employee after finding out that employee had AIDS, according to the Huffington Post.

Two American Airlines flight attendants were taken to the hospital Friday after one became upset and indicated she believed the plane would crash if it took off from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, according to CNN and the Chicago Tribune.
Some passengers indicated the attendant, who has not been identified at this time, asked if the plane was in Houston and then asked where the plane was headed, according to CNN.
Shortly after, two messages came over the intercom system. One indicating the plane was having mechanical issues and would return to the airport gate, then another attendant interrupted, saying that there were no mechanical issues and the plane would be taking off, according to the Chicago Tribune.
After hearing the upset attendant continue to use the intercom, saying it would not be her fault if the plane crashed, some passengers used their cellular phones to call 911, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Other flight attendants and passengers were able to restrain the woman as the plane taxied to the gate. The upset flight attendant and another attendant, who was injured while trying to help in the restraining process, were taken to the hospital, according to CNN.
An American Airlines spokesperson said that while they acknowledge the incident, no passengers were in danger.

Tornados in Midwest and South leave dozens dead

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Dozens are dead after tornados tore through Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia Friday. This string of storms marks the second time in a year Alabama has been struck in one year, according to The Huffington Post and CNN.

The tornados were the second set of storms in just over 48 hours, after an earlier round killed 13 people in the Midwest and the South, according to the Huffington Post.

According to the National Weather Services, four twisters hit Kentucky and are recorded as the worst in the region in 24 years, with several having wind speeds up to 160 mph, said the Huffington Post.

President Barack Obama has offered his condolences as well as federal aid assistance to the officials of the states, according to CNN.

"We're knocked down, but we're not knocked out," said Ohio governor, Kasich, according to CNN. "We're going to get through it."

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced she will not seek a fourth term in the senate, citing her frustration with "polarization" in politics as the primary reason for her surprising announcement, according to CNN and the Washington Post.

"Some people were surprised by my conclusion, yet I have spoken on the floor of the Senate for years about the dysfunction and political polarization in the institution, said Snow, according to the Washington Post. "Simply put, the Senate is not living up the what the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Snowe is one of many senators to announce plans to not seek re-election in the fall. Sens Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Jim Webb, Kent Conrad and Jeff Bingman have also announced they will not seek another term in the last year, according to CNN.

Snowe's departure will also be an obstacle to conservative's ambition of regaining a Republican majority in the Senate, according to CNN.

Both Stuart Rothenberg, of the Rothenberg Political report and the Cook Political Report have said the outlook for Snowe's seat in the general election is a toss-up, according to CNN.

"it's a significant blow to Republican prospects in picking up the Senate," Rothenberg said, according to CNN. "They're going to now have to defend a very difficult seat."

Most people have heard of the $100 laptop, or the One Laptop Per Child project, and soon the founders of the project will unveil their newest endeavor: the $100 tablet, according to CNN and the New York Times.

"The tablet is a refinement of the laptop," Yves Behar, one of the people behind the One Laptop Per Child project, said according to CNN. "It's much smaller, it's much lighter, it uses less energy, less materials. It can be even more cost effective."

The new tablet has been six years in the making, according to the New York Times, and is built with children living in the poorest countries in mind. The tablet, called the XO-3, is solar-powered, has 4GB of internal storage, a standard USB outlet, is rubberized and has a waterproof back.

The XO-3 is slated for launch later in 2012, according to the New York Times and CNN.

Maryland House passes same-sex marriage bill

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The Maryland house narrowly passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday, according the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The bill, which is known as the Civil Marriage Protection Act was passed n a 72-67 vote after a similar billed failed to pass in the chamber last year, according to the New York Times.

The bill will be voted on in the Senate, where similar bills have passed in the past, according the Washington Post.

The bill will likely also be up for referendum in November, where voters will have the last say about the bill before it is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2013, according to the Washington Post.

Many delegats say they have received threats that a yes vote for the same-sex marriage bill would cost them the next election, which is scheduled for 2014, according to the New York Times.

"I've heard all types of threats, that in 214 at the ballot box, there would be revenge, but when that day comes, I know that for the seven openly gay colleagues, if they are able to have the same rights as my wife and I have, then I know that my green vote was the right vote," said Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore, according to the New York Times.

An Arizona Supreme Court decided Tuesday an Arizona woman's name would not appear on the ballot for City Council because she was not proficient enough in the English language, according to CNN and the LA Times.

Alejandrina Cabrera of San Luis has been locked in a legal battle over her ability to hold a public office since Jan. 27 when her opponent, Jan Carlos Escamilla, the mayor of San Luis, filed a lawsuit asking a court to decide if Cabrera's skills in English qualified her to run for City Council, stated CNN.

Cabrera admits she is not extremely fluent in English, but said, "I think my English is good enough to hold public office in San Luis, Arizona," according to CNN.

In 1910 the Enabling Act was passed in Arizona, which included the provision that a person holding public office should have, "the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language sufficiently well to conduct the duties of the office without aid of an interpreter shall be a necessary qualification for all state officers and members of the state legislature."

This court decision may have larger implications, as the subject is part of a growing discussion about English in the US, where people come for a variety of backgrounds, according to CNN.

To some in San Luis, the suit over Cabrera's ability to run for office revolves around San Luis' "touch brand of politics," according to the LA Times. There have been 24 recall attempts of political parties since 2001. Seven of those attempts have been successful.

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