Arsenic in juice: how much is too much?

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A new study came out Wednesday that said there are potentially cancer-causing levels of arsenic in store-bought apple juice, according to NBC News.

Consumer Reports tested 88 apple juice samples and found 10 percent had total arsenic levels higher than the limit the Food and Drug Administration sets for drinking water, reported Tom Costello.

"Kids have much smaller weights; much smaller bodies," said Consumer Reports Director of Safety Urvashi Rangan. "They don't need that much to reach their daily arsenic limits a day."

The FDA said it would be concerned if the arsenic levels reached 23 parts-per-billion. They are considering a new standard hat will reduce consumer's exposure to arsenic in apple juice.

According to NBC News, the results showed there were not only different levels of arsenic between brands, but also within brands, even bottle to bottle. The tested juices were produced in multiple countries, including the U.S.

Members caught in middle of Bally Fitness buyout

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Bally Total Fitness recently sold off 170 of its locations nationwide to LA Fitness, and most Minnesota sites will soon be gone, reported KARE 11.

James Iliff just spent over $150 to renew his Bally's contract, but no one seems to recognize it, reported Dave Berggren.

"When I came over here, I was hoping it would just roll over seamlessly to this," Iliff said. "But they're saying that the $160 is Bally's responsibility, and I need to go hunt them down."

The transition is a logistical nightmare that employees at LA Fitness are trying to handle the best they can, reported Berggren.

LA Fitness officials said their objective is to make this transition as easy as possible, and they will be servicing all of the membership agreements that they acquire from Bally, reported KARE 11.

"It's just not an ideal situation," said one Bally member. "But, it is what it is."

Police seize 400 pounds of pot

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The Dakota County Drug Task Force confiscated over 400 pounds of pot in a historic marijuana bust in Inver Grove Heights Wednesday, reported WCCO-TV.

Scott Bradley Cunningham, 42, of Inver Grove Heights, 52-year-old Brian Lee Speldrick, Holly Joann Swenson, 28, of Rosemount and Jerilyn Reis, 41, of Kiester were all charged with first-degree controlled substance crime with intent to distribute and first-degree controlled substance crime with possession, according to the Dakota County Attorney's Office.

"This is one of the largest marijuana seizures in Dakota County's history," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

According to the criminal complaint, drug task force agents executed a search warrant at Cunningham's house at 9244 Inver Grove Trail in Inver Grove Heights on Nov. 4, 2011. While there, agents recovered 14.42 pounds of marijuana. Several guns were also seized, reported WCCO-TV.

On Nov. 28, agents received a call from an anonymous tipster, who stated that agents missed a secret room during the previous pot bust. The tipster said the room, concealed by a false wall, contained a large amount of pot, reported WCCO-TV.

Police estimate the street value of the marijuana to be more than $1,000,000.

Teen's Facebook sex scam

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An 18-year-old high school senior in Wisconsin is accused of using a popular social networking website for an elaborate sex scam, reported CBS News.

Authorities charged Anthony Stancl with 12 felonies, including sexual assault and possession of child pornography, after a tip to police, reported Michelle Miller.

"This is the most horrific complaint the court has ever reviewed," said Wauksha County Court Commissioner Laura Lau.

Police said Stancl set up profiles of three female students at Eisenhower High School. Posing as the girls, he allegedly sent explicit emails to at least 31 boys.

According to CBS News, more than 300 photos of Stancl's alleged male victims were found on his computer. Authorities say he used them to blackmail his victims into having sex, often on school property.

"From what I've heard there's some people I know who were victims of that," student Tyler Roberson said. "But I think it's just wrong."

US-Pakistani relations severely damaged

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NATO aircraft killed at least two dozen Pakistani troops along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Monday, straining already tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, reported NBC News.

Pakistan responded quickly today, closing its two border crossings into Afghanistan, cutting off the main supply routes for U.S. and NATO forces within hours of the NATO attack, reported Atia Abawi.

"Today at 2:00 a.m., there was an attack on Pakistan," said Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. "An attack on Pakistan's solidarity and independence."

According to NBC News, Pakistani officials are calling the incident a grave infringement of the country's sovereignty, and have moved to cut off critical support to the American led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government ordered the United States to vacate an airbase in northern Pakistan it reportedly uses to launch CIA drone operations.

"We look at it from a strategic standpoint," said NBC News Military Analyst Jack Jacobs. "Why can't we identify Pakistanis across the border and not bomb them. But from the guy on the ground, if someone is trying to kill you, you will try to kill him back."

Clashes in Egypt bleed into second day

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Egyptian riot police in Cairo fired tear gas and rubber bullets at angry crowds Sunday in Tahrir Square in a scene reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, reported the Washington Post.

On Sunday, the second day of clashes, the crowds slowly grew larger throughout the day. By afternoon, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets intermittently as people chanted, "freedom." The wounded were rushed to the makeshift clinic on mopeds, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Economic Times, Yahya el-Sawi, a 21-year-old university student, said he was enraged by the sight of riot police beating up protesters already hurt in an earlier attack by the security forces.

"I did not support the sit-in at the beginning," el-Sawi said. "But when I saw this brutality I had to come back to be with my brothers."

The Economic Times reported the violence reflects the rising public anger over the slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by Egypt's ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government.

The Washington Post reported the target of this uprising is the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the de facto ruler of the country, which appears to be broadening and consolidating power, just eight days before the country's first post-revolt parliamentary elections.

"This is a war of freedom," said 19-year-old college student Sara Mohammed. "We didn't complete our revolution. We stayed 18 days and we got Mubarak out and we'll do it again."

Seattle Occupy protest marches on bridge, blocks traffic

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The Seattle Pi opens its story on a scene where rush hour was jammed in Seattle on Thursday evening as hundreds of Occupy Seattle and union protesters occupied University Bridge.

According to the Seattle Pi, at 4:30 p.m. there was a two-mile traffic backup in the University District, and on Capitol Hill there were backups on 10th Avenue East to Volunteer Park. Traffic overflowed to nearby bridges and created snarls around the University of Washington Medical Center.

The Seattle Pi reported that after 5:00 p.m., protesters were chanting: "The revolution has begun. Everything for everyone." Some started climbing the structure coming up from the bridge deck.

The protest on Thursday afternoon was said to be for higher education and jobs, and it was planned to coincide with other bridge occupations across the country.

Liam Wright, a 24-year-old Seattle Central Student, said the state budget crisis is actually the main holdup for education, according to Seattle Pi.

"We're saying to the world that education should be free," Wright said. "It should be run by the people and not corporations and capitalists."

Troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Iraq

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A chef cheerfully carves up a turkey for soldiers at the end of a buffet line during the camp's annual Thanksgiving meal, in a video produced by the Associated Press.

The Associated Press' video showed that the soldiers ate informally: some dressed in uniform and some in casual wear, such as their hometown's fire department T-shirts.

Turkey decorations sat on top of the rows of tables in the dining room. The room also contained large pictures of American city skylines hung on the walls, a simple touch to remind the soldiers of home.

U.S. soldiers at Camp Victory in Iraq celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday. The traditional Thanksgiving lunch was served four days early because the camp was being closed in preparation for the troops' departure, according to the Associated Press.

"It feels great to be going back home to my family," one soldier (unidentified) said. "I'm a little sad to leave Iraq, because this is my fourth year that I've spent here, but my main home is with my family."

Changes in liquor laws help Minneapolis breweries

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The Star Tribune opened their story with a scene from Fulton Brewery's Minneapolis location, where the mayor and a line of people waited for the first sales of growlers direct from the brewery.

The growler sales were made possible 15 months ago, when Council Member Gary Schiff led the effort to change city ordinances so that small brewers could sell growlers themselves rather than through distributors, reported the Star Tribune.

"Drink up! You're brewing jobs," Mayor R.T. Rybak, hoisting a pint of ale, said to a crowd of more than 100 people who awaited the sale of the 64-ounce containers at Fulton Brewery.

According to the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis City Council voted 11-2 on Friday to overturn a previous restriction that prevented breweries from selling growlers within 300 feet of a place of worship. Diane Hofstede and Barbara Johnson opposed the change.

The Star Tribune also reported the City Council on Friday also voted 12-1 to loosen another liquor license restriction, allowing restaurants within 300 feet of a place of worship to gross up to 40 percent of sales from alcohol, rather than the previous 30 percent. They may not operate a bar.

This restriction change excites Rob Miller, the brewer behind Dangerous Man, who wants to open a microbrewery with a taproom near St. Cyril Church in northeast Minneapolis.

"We can live out our dream of opening a brewery in Minneapolis," Miller said.

One 8-year-old thinks far beyond his years

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In his first algebra class last year, Mani Chadaga slumped low in his front-row seat and pretended to read his new textbook intently, reported the Pioneer Press.

Soon, he was piping up with solutions to the teacher's questions and standing before his stumped classmates, explaining how he arrived at them.

"He literally taught the rest of them the entire problem," teacher Alex Ford said. "He could stand in front of a room full of eighth-graders and describe the solution to problems with poise and confidence and perfect mathematical reasoning."

The Pioneer Press reported within weeks of starting first grade, Mani had moved up to fourth-grade math. In the spring, he worked on the fifth-grade math textbook in the evenings. Over the summer, he tackled the sixth-grade textbook, at the rate of two to three hours at a time, seven days a week.

According to the Pioneer Press, Mani excels in other areas besides math. He has written about 100 sonnets, on nouns, soccer, his little sister, bad haircuts and a frog named Blep. He recently researched patent law on the Internet in preparation for upcoming inventions.

"There are so many possibilities," he said. "I haven't even found the mathematics I am the most interested in."