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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.

The FBI released surveillance camera pictures of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing Thursday, so the public could help identify them, sources report.
One man wearing a white baseball cap and another wearing black baseball cap, both with backpacks, were seen walking one behind the other near the finish line during the event that happened three days ago, CBS News reports.
FBI agent Richard DesLauriers said, the man in the white cap was seen setting down the backpack at the site of the second bomb, Star Tribune reports.

Semis carrying livestock crash on I-94

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A crash involving three semis, one carrying pigs, and another carrying cattle closed part of Interstate 94 in northwestern Minnesota Sunday, the Star Tribune reports.
The crash happened near Barnesville and after the crash authorities had to round up the pigs that were grazing near a flipped over semi, the Pioneer Press reports.
The crash temporarily closed a freeway exit and eastbound lane of I-94 at State Highway 34, the Star Tribune reports.

6-year-old shot by 4-year-old

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A New Jersey boy was shot an killed by his playmate, Tuesday as his parents stood in a yard nearby, CNN reports.
6-year-old Brandon Holt was playing in his playmate's yard when the 4-year-old went into his house and retrieved a .22 caliber rifle and then shot Holt in the head from 15 yards away. It is still unclear if the gun discharged accidentally or if the boy pulled the trigger, ABC News reports.
This follows another shooting involving a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee, CNN reports.

U.S and China agree Korea should be denuclearized

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China and the U.S. agree that North Korea must be denuclearized,U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said after a meeting between the two countries, Reuters reports.
Since testing an atomic device in February has talked about more testing and even launching nuclear strike on the U.S., Fox News reports.
China is worried that if North Korea were to implode that would send possibly millions of Korean refugees over the border and into China. They also are worried about increased U.S. military buildup near their country even though the U.S. state that North Korea is their only priority, Fox News reports.
China has a lot of leverage over North Korea as they provide them with most of their fuel and give the North food aid too, Fox News reports.

Numbers Analysis

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Gallup story
The reporter used the numbers to show what cities are considered the safest by its residents and vice-versa. They also use the numbers to describe how many people were surveyed and whether the poll is indicative of crime rates.
The numbers were not overwhelming as anything that could be confusing was explained like the negative correlation between the poll and crime stats.
The reporter did not use math to tell the story more effectively, but provided extra information to reach the meaning of the story, which was to show if people feeling safe has a correlation to people actually being safe.
The sources were provided by the Gallup-Healthways Well-being index survey.

Twin-Cities voted safest to walk in at night

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A Gallup poll showed that people feel safer in the Twin Cities than any other city of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Gallup reports.
Of the 500 people questioned every day in 2012 80 percent said they felt safe while walking around the city at night. Leading Denver and Raleigh N.C., which came in at 78 percent, the Star Tribune reports.
Memphis Tenn. yielded the lowest percentage at 55 percent. The average percentage of residents who felt safe in the areas they lived was 72 percent, Gallup reports.

The Bird Flu strikes in China

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Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after bird flu was found in pigeons being sold there, CNN reports.
This sickness has spread to humans and there have been 21 cases reported, one week after it was announced to be found in humans for the first time, Aljazeera reports.
Six people have died from this strain of disease including a 64-year-old man who died hours after he was diagnosed with the disease, CNN reports.

U.S. delays missile testing to not anger North Korea

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The United States has decided to delay missile testing in California, scheduled for next week, to avoid tension with North Korea, Reuters reports.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the decision Friday, the Associated Press reports,
The test was not related to previous exercises done between South Korea and the U.S. that had angered North Korea, the Associated Press reports.
North Korea announced earlier in the week that it was authorized to attack the U.S. with smaller, lighter, an diversified nuclear weapons. They also have moved at least one long-range missile to their east coast, the Associated Press reports

Honus Wagner card sold for $2.1 million

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A 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card was sold for $2,105,770.50 in a public online auction Saturday, Pioneer Press reports.
It was the highest amount paid for a card at a public sale surpassing the $1.6 million paid for the same card in 2008, ESPN reports.
A similar card was sold for $2.8 million in 2007 to Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick during a private auction, ESPN reports.

Honus Wagner card sold for $2.1 million

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A 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card was sold for $2,105,770.50 in a public online auction Saturday, Pioneer Press reports.
It was the highest amount paid for a card at a public sale surpassing the $1.6 million paid for the same card in 2008, ESPN reports.
A similar card was sold for $2.8 million in 2007 to Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick during a private auction, ESPN reports.

Two men that had been missing for five days after escaping from a Duluth prison camp were found in a Burnsville hotel Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.
Michael Krzyzaniak, 64, and Gerald Greenfield, 67, escaped a minimum-security prison March 30, the Star Tribune reports.
Paul Engh, Krzyzaniak's former attorney expected them to be in Mexico already, but instead authorities were given a tip and able to capture the fugitive at Hampton Inn 175 miles from the prison, the Star Tribune reports.
The men had been staying there since Sunday, the Star Tribune reports

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