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CAR analysis

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This story analysis the different tendencies people have while speaking.
In order to do a report on this story in this graphical manner the reporter would have to know how to embed audio onto a webpage as well as posting pictures that could be scrolled through.
Without the interactive graphics no one would ever think that this story was interesting and be prone to reading on after the first one. They really make it interesting by making the styles correspond to famous people then giving an example of what that sounds like.

Charlotte Mayor to be appointed to cabinet

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President Obama plans to nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony R. Foxx as transportation secretary Monday, NPR reports.
Foxx has been the mayor of Charlotte for four years, the New York Times reports.
Foxx does not have a transportation background, but has advocated for his city to have a light rail, widened a major highway and opened a new runway at the airport, the New York Times reports.
Obama has been under criticism for not having a diverse second-term cabinet. It has mostly appointed white males white males, but Foxx will become the second black cabinet member, joining Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr, the New York Times reports.

Collapsed Building Owner Arrested

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The fugitive owner of the building that collapsed in Bangladesh, and killed at least 377 people, was caught Sunday by a commando force as he tried to flee to India, USA Today reports.
Mohammed Sohel Rana was caught on the western Bangladesh border and faces charges of negligence after the building was found to be illegally constructed, USA Today reports.
Rana had been on the run since the building's collapse and was seen Tuesday, after the building developed cracks, telling tennants that the building was safe, USA Today reports.
Bangladesh authorities arrested four others Saturday, including two government engineers, CNN reports.

Seven injured in SUV rollover

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All seven passengers, including a 4-year-old are in serious condition after their SUV rolled over near I-694 in Fridley, Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.
The one-vehicle crash occurred on University Avenue around 5:20 p.m.
Six of the passengers were not wearing their seat belt and multiple people were thrown from the car, the Star Tribune reports.
The driver, 35-year-old Jennifer Teetzel of Minneapolis, was the only one wearing her seat belt. She and the other passengers were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center. The state patrol said alcohol was detected in her system, the Pioneer Press reports.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, the Pioneer Press reports.

A friend of the teenage boy, who was shot and killed while breaking into a home in Little Falls, Thanksgiving Day, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges that he helped the kid with his thefts, the Star Tribune reports.
Cody Kasper, 17 pleaded guilty to the charges a day after Byron Smith was indicted first-degree murder when he shot and killed Kasper's friend Brady and Brady's cousin Haile Kifer, the Star Tribune reports.
Smith killed the two teens when they came down into his basement after breaking into his house, through a window. He shot them multiple times in the head and chest with a revolver and shotgun and then dragged them into his office, the Pioneer Press reports.
Kasper was sentenced to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and 200 hours of community service, the Star Tribune reports.

Neil Diamond has decided to donate the royalties that he has gained this week from his song "Sweet Caroline" to the One Fund Boston, sources report.
The song sold 19,000 tracks with sales up 597 percent this week after the New York Yankees and other sports teams played the song as a tribute to Boston after the bombings, ESPN reports.
The song has been played in the eighth inning of every Boston Red Sox game since 2002, CNN reports.
One Fund Boston has raised more than $23 million dollars as of Wednesday in an effort to help the people most effected by the bombings, CNN reports

Teen dead after apartment shooting in Shakopee

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19-year-old Marcos Antino Pantaleon died of gun shot wound Thursday at an apartment in Shakopee, Pioneer Press reports.
Pantaleon was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 22-year-old and a 17-year-old were wounded. Three others in the apartment were not injured, the Pioneer Press reports.
Police say three people were scene fleeing from the shooting, the Pioneer Press reports.
Steven Andre Moore, a 27-year-old Minneapolis man, was arrested as a suspect Friday while the police are still looking for the two other male suspects, sources report
The shooting occurred a day before Pantaleon's 20th birthday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Quake hits china killing 164

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An Earthquake surged through rural southwest China Saturday, killing 164 and injuring more than 6,700. Reuters reports.
A 6.6-magnitude tremor in Sichuan province was the second earthquake in the region in five years, BBC News reports.
At least 710 aftershocks hve occurred after the quake further damaging buildings, BBC News report.
A 7.9-magnitude quake hit the region in 2008 killing some 70,000 people, Reuters reports.
Thousands of troops have been sent to the region to help the rescue and recovery effort, BBC News reports

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Saturday that will ban employers from considering a job applicants criminal history until an interview or job offer is given, the Pioneer Press reports.
The senate approved the bill by a vote of 44-16 and if passed by the house it will prohibit private employers, as public employers already have to follow this law, from keeping the are-you-a-felon box on applications, the Star Tribune reports.
The bill does not extend to private employers who are prohibited to employ certain offenders, like nursing homes and hospitals, the Star Tribune reports.

Republican lawmakers have vowed to freeze University of Wisconsin system schools after a financial review showed that the system had a $1 billion surplus partially garnered by raising tuition prices on students for years, sources report.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau discovered the massive surplus. UW officials told the bureau that a lot of the money was from the federal government for certain purposes while another chunk was from gifts the Universities had received, Patch.com reports.
The bureau still found nearly $650 million dollar surplus and $414 million of that being from tuition alone, the Pioneer Press reports
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has raised tuition 5.5 percent annually since 2007-2008, The Pioneer Press reports.
The UW-Madison tuition this year was $9,237, an 8 percent increase from last year and 16 percent from the year before, The Pioneer Press reports.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Joint Committee on Finance are calling for a two year freeze of tuition, Patch.com reports.