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Romney would Raise Age for Medicare

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Republican contender Mitt Romney said he would gradually delay Americans' eligibility for Medicare as well as Social Security benefits reports Star Tribune.
Four days before primary elections Romney made this statement.
Romney said he would do this because Americans are living longer, and the programs need to need to be geared toward economic sustainability.
Romney said previous steps to toughen government emission standards had "provided a benefit to some of the foreign automakers" at the expense of American companies, reports the Star Tribune.
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Last Missing U.S. Service Member Identified

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The U.S. Army has identified the remains of the last missing U.S. service member unaccounted for in Iraq reports CNN Sunday.
Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was kidnapped October 23, 2006, after he left the Green Zone in Baghdad.Altaie was visiting family members when he was abducted. The military said Altaie, then 41, was serving as a translator for the U.S. military.
A group in February 2007 claimed on a militant Shiite Web site that it had Altaie and posted a 10-second video of a man it claimed was him. The man in the video was Altaie, his uncle told CNN then.
Altaie's remains were identified on Saturday by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner at the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware, the Army said.

Fatal Avalanche in Washington

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Three people were killed in an avalanche that hit Washington State Sunday reported cnn.com
The avalanche hit near Stevens Pass ski area, spokeswoman Katie Larson told cnn.com that several groups of skiers were caught in the deadly snow-slide.
It seems at least 12 people were buried under the snow, all but three were able to dig themselves out.
Reuters.com reports four people died in two separate avalanches. The first being at Stevens Pass and the second took place in the Cascade Mountains of north-central Washington. No names have been released.

Professional Lacrosse Players Arrested in Bloomington

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Five professional lacrosse players were arrested after an altercation at a Bloomington restaurant, authorites said Wednesday.
Members of the Rochester Knighthawks appeared Tuesday in Hennipin County District Court and returned home, team president, Lewis Staats, told the Star Tribune.
The ruckus started around 1 a.m. Monday at T.G.I Friday's in Bloomington arcoss from the Mall of America. The incident involved 20 to 30 people dining at the restaurant, Deputy Chief of Police, Rick Jart said.
"It started with someone tossing a menu," Hart said to Star Tribune. "One of the groups didn't like it."
The restaurant reported about $1,600 in damages to the police.
Democrat and Chronical reported the charges against the players-Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton-include disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and obstructing the legal process with force. The charges are either gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors.
The teams next game is Saturday and it is still to be determined if any of the five players will be allowed to play.

Godie Howe dementia free

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Marty Howe. son of hockey legend Gordie Howe, denies all rumors of his father having dementia.
Gordie is known by many as Mr. Hockey. He scored 801 goals and had over 1,000 assists during his professional career.
Gordie Howe has stopped doing interviews, so Marty acts as his father's voice. Canadian news media reports Thursday had said Gordie had dementia, but his sons Marty and Murray said that was not the case.
Marty said his father has had his good days and bad days, occasionally exhibiting memory loss or a loss of words.

Major Media Blackout

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Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and sixth most visited site in the world, will joined other websites in the "go dark" movement in opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which are currently being debated in Congress.
Websites went "dark" for 12 to 24 hours.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announced the decision to bring down his website on Twitter, writing, quote, "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!"

Prince Fielder joins the Tigers roster

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The Detroit Tigers may have just clinched the division title for the Central League before the 2012 season has even started. The Tigers signed coveted first baseman Prince Fielder Tuesday.
According to ESPN, Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million deal on Tuesday with the Tigers.
With the addition of Fielder, The Tigers are in the position to dominate the Central League and also intimidate everyone else in the American League in the process.
Fielder is leaving the Milwaukee Brewers, and even though general manager Doug Melvin never considered re-signing Fielder he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his leaving is "somewhat of a sad day."
The decision to sign Fielder was made after catcher Victor Martinez injured his knee and may be out for the entire season.
The Tigers will have to do some switching of players around to fit Fielder onto the roster but that is a small task for getting such a dominating player.



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