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Six airlines not charging a carry-on fee

Delta, Sun Country, and four other airlines will not be following the footsteps of Spirit Airlines by charging passengers for carry-on bags.

According to the Star Tribune, Florida-based Spirit Airlines will be charging passengers up to $45 for carry-on luggage.

"We don't think it's fair to impose that on a passenger for a carry-on bag," said Sun Country spokeswoman Wendy Blackshaw.

Delta, Sun Country, American, JetBlue, United and US Air all offered commitments over the weekend to seven senators saying they would not impose carry-on fees.

NPR reported that this decision was made even though a few of the airlines are expected to report first-quarter losses due to big expenses.

"We believe it is something that's important to our customers and they value, and we will continue making that available to them at no charge," American Airlines spokesman Roger Frizzell said.

However, although there will be no carry-on fees, airlines may need to increase prices in other areas to make up for lost money.

7 shot in New Orleans

Seven people were shot Saturday night in New Orleans' French Quarter after a dispute between two men.

CNN reported that six of the victims were bystanders.

Authorities say they are still searching for the two gunmen.

One of the victims was a 17-year-old boy who was involved in the argument.

According to USA Today, the other victims' ages ranged from 15 to 50.

According to New Orleans police, no one was seriously injured.

Six of the victims, not including the boy involved in the argument, were treated for minor injuries and released from area hospitals.

The shooting took place after the French Quarter festival had ended for the night, police said.

Police said they were unsure whether the six bystander victims were from New Orleans or if they were just in town for the festival.

The shooting did not appear to have an effect on the festival Sunday as crowds still roamed through the streets of the French Quarter.

Five charged in New Jersey child rape case

Two men and three boys have been charged in the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly allowed men to have sex with her and her 7-year-old sister.

The five, ages ranging from 13 to 20, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Trenton Police Director Irving Bradley said.

According to CNN, Gregory Joseph Leary, 20, was arrested Thursday and Tiemear Lewis, 19, was arrested Saturday.

The three others who have been charged are juveniles aged 13, 14, and 17.

Their names are not being released.

The New York Times reported that investigators believe the 7-year-old girl was sold for sex by her 15-year-old sister.

Her sister was also charged with aggravated assault and other charges for allowing her sister to to be sexually assaulted, police said.

Officials said the 15-year-old girl first accepted money for having sex with the men then accepted money for allowing the men to touch her sister which led to rape.

The 7-year-old girl told police she knew the party was trouble but went because she wanted to protect her older sister.

Barbara Bush hospitalized

Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to the hospital Saturday after she said she was not feeling well, a spokesperson said.

CNN reported that she is having routine tests and it is not an emergency.

After not feeling well for about a week, she was taken to Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

According to The Hill, she is expected to be released in a few days.

Former president George H.W. Bush went with the former first lady to the hospital.

Two Pentagon police officers, one suspect shot

Two Pentagon police officers were shot and one suspect was shot Thursday near the Metro station next to the Pentagon, officials said.

CNN reported that the officer's injuries were not life threatening but the suspect's injuries were much more life threatening.

Pentagon entrances were briefly closed but opened soon after with the exception of the entrance to the Metro station.

According to The New York Times, the shooting took place around 6:40 p.m. and witnesses told local news stations that they heard screaming and saw people running from the station.

According to Pentagon officials, the suspect began shooting at the officers and was injured when they returned shots.

Police said they do not have a motive and but the suspect is in custody.

President Obama in great health but should quit smoking

After President Obama's first physical examination since taking office, it is reported that he is in excellent health but will be in even better health if he improves his diet and kicks his smoking habit.

According to the Los Angeles Times, White House physician Jeffrey Kuhlman said the 48-year-old president was "fit for duty".

Although Obama has cut back on smoking, Kuhlman told him he needed to continue his anti-smoking efforts to improve his health.

Obama was also advised to improve his diet to lower his LDL, or bad cholesterol, which was at 138. These levels are considered borderline high at 130.

MSNBC reported that Obama is free of colon cancer and should be checked again in five years.

Obama enjoys playing a lot of basketball and golf which keeps him in great health but also may cause tendinitis in his left leg.

Kuhlman said he expects Obama back in his office in August of 2011 when he turns 50, hopefully cigarette free.

Three girls hit and killed by train in Florida

A train hit and killed three girls as they were crossing a bridge in Melbourne, Florida.

The Washington Post reported that although authorities are not releasing the victim's identities, they are saying that all three were juveniles.

Police Lt. Marc Claycomb said that three girls and one boy were walking along the train tracks before the incident.

WESH Orlando reported that according to police, the boy crossed the tracks, saw the train coming, and tried warning the girls.

None of the girls had time to get across the tracks.

The case is currently being investigated by the Melbourne Police Department and Florida East Coast Railway Police and it is unknown why they were walking along the train tracks.

Two shot at Tennessee elementary school; arrest has been made

A principal and assistant principal were shot Wednesday at a Tennessee elementary school and the suspect, a school employee, is in custody.

The shooting took place around 12:50 p.m. at Inskip Elementary School in North Knoxville.

According to Wate.com, the victims, Elisa Luna and Amy Brace, were in the office at the time of the shooting.

Police Chief Sterling Owen said there were only two students in the building at the time due to an early dismissal.

MSNBC reported that both Luna and Brace were conscious and alert and are expected to survive.

The suspect, who's name has not been released, was taken into custody when police caught up with him outside of a Days Inn where construction delayed his vehicle.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, a motive for the shooting has not been discovered.

Unknown number dead in Connecticut power plant explosion

An explosion killed an unknown number of workers and injured a large number of people at a Middletown, Connecticut power plant on Sunday.

Yahoo! News reported that the explosion was felt in neighboring towns as far as 30 miles away and that smoke was visible for miles.

Witnesses reported seeing shooting flames and black smoke rising from the plant.

Although the plant was closed at the time, a fire official said that 51 construction workers were in the plant at the time of the explosion.

According to CNN, more than 100 emergency units responded to the explosion.

A local resident said that they were firing engines earlier in the morning at the 620-megawatt gas-fired power plant.

Police initially said that two people were dead but have since retracted that statement and are currently not giving a specific number.

Middlesex Hospital has thus far received 11 patients with injuries such as extremity or pelvic fractures and is currently in disaster response standby mode.

Some patients reported being thrown 30 to 40 feet during the blast.

Authorities are currently searching for people and information is constantly being updated.

Little time needed for Jury in case of abortion doctor killing

After taking only 37 minutes to deliberate, a jury has convicted the man who shot and killed a Wichita abortion doctor and he is now facing a sentence of life in prison.

Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old airport shuttle driver, killed Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of the church where he volunteered as an usher as well as assaulting two other ushers who tried to stop him from fleeing, which is something he was also convicted for.

According to Yahoo News, Roeder's attorneys wanted the charge to be lessened to voluntary manslaughter since Roeder believed the killing was going to save the lives of unborn children.

The judge disregarded this request.

Prosecutor Nola Foulston said that she wanted to make sure that Roeder would not be eligible for parole for 50 years, although the judge could determine that he would be eligible in 25.

The Star Tribune reported that as Roeder was on the witness stand, he admitted to everything and witnesses said that he lacked remorse when discussing his actions.

The Star Tribune also reported that Dr. Tiller was the victim of a number of attacks because of his profession, ranging from having his clinic firebombed in 1986 to being shot in both arms in 1993.

Under Kansas law, the abortions Dr. Tiller performed were legal as long as two unrelated doctors signed off on it, despite the fact that the procedures were late term.

Dr. Tiller's wife said that his clinic will now close for good.

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