April 29, 2007

Three Dead in Kansas City Mall Shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gunman shot a police officer, then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, authorities said. By the time the violence was over, he and two other people were dead.

A police officer was shot by a gunman who then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, killing himself and two others.

Authorities began tracking the gunman after they went to a woman's house, only to find her dead and her car missing.

An officer spotted the car later that day and attempted to pull the gunman over. The gunman shot the officer in the arm, and drove off. The car was later spotted at the mall, where the gunman fatally wounded two people and injured others when he fired more shots inside of the mall.

It is not certain if the gunman was killed by policemen, authorities told the Associated Press.

April 15, 2007

New Coast Protection Plan for California

Wildlife regulators adopted a new ocean protection plan, the first of its kind, on Friday. The new plan restricts and bans fishing and other activities on more than 200 square miles of water off the central coastline.

29 marine preserves have been designated between Santa Barbara and Half Moon Bay, the Associated Press said.

Some say the regulations have gone too far and are too strict.

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April 8, 2007

Northwest Flight Cancelled Due to Profane Pilot

A pilot who was yelling obscenities during his cell phone conversation caused an Northwest Airlines flight to be cancelled.

The pilot of the flight was yelling obscenities into his phone while passengers were boarding the Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight. The pilot was reported to have gone into a lavatory, where he locked the door and continued his conversation, the Star Tribune said.

The Las Vegas police were dispatched Friday to investigate the incident and were told that the pilot cursed one passenger who confronted him, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Associated Press.

April 1, 2007

Alpo Added to Pet Food Recall

The Menu Foods pet food recall has expanded to include Nestle Purina PetCare Company's Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy. The recall includes all sizes and varieties of this brand, however only specific date codes are included, the Associated Press reported.

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March 23, 2007

Recalled Pet Food Contained Rat Poison

Scientists blame rat poison for the deaths of at least 15 cats and two dogs that were linked to contaminated pet food.

The substance causing kidney failure in many pets was identified as aminopterin, which is still used in some other countries to kill rats, the Star Tribune said. Aminopterin used to also be a cancer drug in the United States that could be used to induce abortions.

The wheat gluten scientists have possibly linked to the poison was purchased from China, Chief Executive of Menu Foods Paul Henderson said.

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March 10, 2007

An Early Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, a few weeks early this year.

A new law in Congress has moved the annual spring forward ahead from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, the Associated Press reported. It also lasts longer into November.

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March 4, 2007

Senators Join March Honoring Civil Rights Movement

Senator Hilary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama gave speeches Sunday after joining hundreds in Selma, Ala. to honor the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the New York Times said.

Both senators urged the black population to vote in the upcoming election, and also used the time to establish their own links to the civil rights movement.

Obama declared that the protesters of Selma helped to pave the way for him to become the first black president of the United States, the Star Tribune said. It also reports that Clinton was received well by the crowds partly due to the popularity of her husband Bill Clinton.

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February 25, 2007

Non-Sorority Types Kicked

A sorority at DePauw University has come under fire for expelling certain members that were not seen as fitting the "sorority girl" type.

The Delta Zeta sorority expelled 23 of its members, some of whom were overweight and the only black, Korean, and Vietnamese members, the New York Times said.

Of the 12 girls left in the sorority, six left after finding that their sisters had been kicked.

This recent development has caused student protests, a faculty petition against the sorority, and letters from upset parents and alumni.

February 16, 2007

Warrant Issued in Elie Wiesel Attack

Police issued a warrant on Friday for arrest for a New Jersey man suspected of attempting to kidnap Holocaust scholar and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

Eric Hunt, 22, of Sussex County, N.J., is charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, elder abuse, stalking, battery, and committing a hate crime, police told the Associated Press.

Authorities linked Hunt to the attack after he posted on an anti-Semitic web site and claimed responsibility.

Hunt apparently approached Wiesel after his speech at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco on Feb. 1 and asked if he could interview him. He ended up trying to drag Wiesel to his hotel room, but fled when the scholar screamed.

The New York Times reported that Hunt was not yet in custody but had been located by police.

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February 11, 2007

Obama For President?

Illinois Senator Brack Obama announced his candidacy for president Saturday before the Old State Capitol.

The New York Times said that Obama presented himself as an agent of change and declared that he could rid the government of cynicism, corruption and "a smallness of our politics."

Obama has named Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as his main opponent in the race for presidency. Clinton is said to maintain several qualities that Democrats fear Obama lacks, such as experience, a "command of policy and political history", and, of course, a huge group of advisers and fund-raisers.

January 30, 2007

Nudity and Grease for Lunch

A greased, naked student ran around screaming and waving his arms Monday during a lunch period at Westerville North High School.

To keep from being caught, Taylor Killian, 18, covered his body in grapeseed oil. After being shocked by stun guns, Taylor continued running toward a group of scared students huddled in a corner, Lt. Jeff Gaylor said.

According to sources
, police said that a lunch room administrator asked Killian to stop, but the prankster made a sexual gesture and continued running around the cafeteria.

Despite being described as a good student by school officials, Killian is now in jail with charges of inducing panic, public indecency, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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January 27, 2007

Troop Increase for Iraq Sparks Protest

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall on Saturday in what U.S. News described as an "icon of the Vietnam War protest movement."

According to the Star Tribune, the protest was peaceful as participants demanded complete withdrawal of troops from Iraq. About 300 protesters attempted to rush the Capitol but were stopped by barricades and police officers on motorcycles.

Sources say that speakers at the movement included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, a Democratic candidate for presidency in 2008, and Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat of California. Also present was Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

Another speaker was Moriah Arnold, 12, of Harvard, Mass., who organized a petition drive at her school in order to protest against the Iraq war.

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