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Elizabeth Edwards dies after battling cancer

Elizabeth Edwards died Tuesday after battling breast cancer.
Edwards was the author of two best-selling books and the estranged wife of John Edwards, a former senator and the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee.
Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004, the USA Today said.
"She has lived a life that many women can identify with," Ed Turlington, John edwards' campaign chairman and family friend told the National Public Radio. "She's been a working mom; she's been a daughter caring for elderly parents; she comes from a military family."
Edwards is survived by three children: Cate, 28, a Washington lawyer; Emma Claire, 12, and Jack, 10.

Teen gunman dead after standoff at high school

A 15-year-old gunman shot himself and died Tuesday after a five-hour standoff with police in Wisconsin.
The gunman, Samuel O. Hengel, held his social studies class at Marinette High School in northeastern Wisconsin hostage Monday.
Hengel had two handguns and ammunition and trapped 25 other students and a teacher. No one else was injured, the New York Times said.
Hengel shot himself when authorities entered the classroom after hearing three gunshots, police chief Jeff Skorik told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Airport security measures increased and criticized

A new airport security patdown procedure is being criticized. The patdown includes touching passengers' inner thighs and women's breasts.
Security officials defended the security procedure Monday. The Transportation Security Administration is looking for a balance between security and privacy, John Pistole, the head of TSA, told MSNBC.
Pilots and passengers have spoke out against the procedure online.
One pilot said he felt sexually molested, and vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work, and being subjected to another patdown, ABC News said.
TSA increased the security in airports after two plots by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula were exposed.

Ohio teen found as brother, mother and friend remain missing

A 13-year-old girl, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found Sunday bound and gagged Sunday in the basement of a Mount Vernon, Ohio, home, authorities said. Her brother, mother and a family friend are still missing.
Matthew J. Hoffman, 30, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home, where Sarah Maynard was found, Knox County Sheriff David Barber told USA Today.
Maynard was hospitalized but in good condition, Barber said.
Authorities hoped Hoffman would give them information to find Sarah's mother, Tina Herrmann, her 10-year-old brother, Kody, and Herrmann's 41-year-old friend Stephanie Sprang.
Hoffman was not cooperating with police, Barber told CNN.

Lori Berenson freed from prison

Orders from a Peruvian judge freed convicted rebel collaborator and U.S. citizen Lori Berenson was freed from prison Friday.
Berenson was granted parole after she served 15 years of her 20-year sentence for collaborating with leftist insurgents, Reuters said.
Berenson must remain in Peru however, until the full sentence is served or President Alan Garcia decides to commute it, the Associated Press said.
"I'm very happy right now," Berenson's mother, Rhoda Berenson, said. "We knew all along that Lori was not doing anything unusual. She was following the rules so we were only hoping that the law would prevail and it has."

Wildfires prompt evacuations near Boulder

Residential areas on the west side of Boulder, Colo. were evacuated Friday as two wildfires burned.
Homes of 1,700 people and more in neighboring foothills were evacuated shortly after the wildfires were reported, the Associated Press said.
"We are asking that residents follow the directions of emergency crews now so that emergency equipment can be positioned and crews can focus on extinguishing the wildfire," City Manager Jane S. Brautigam told CNN. "Resident and business cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work to contain this fire."
A plane was making water drops to battle the fire, authorities said.

Military to open for gays

Openly gay recruits can join the military since a federal judge formally refused Tuesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women in the U.S. military while it appeals her decision declaring its "don't ask, don't tell" policy unconstitutional, Reuters said.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued a decision denying a government request to delay her order which bars further Pentagon enforcement of the ban.
Gay recruits can begin the process to join but they can eventually be discharged if the ruling is overturned, USA Today said.
"If you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon," the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network warned.

Porn industry under scrutiny after HIV case

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation called for the suspension of all porn production after an adult industry performer tested positive for HIV Tuesday.
Two adult film companies, Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment, have voluntarily stopped production since the news Tuesday.
"All porn production should be suspended until, at a minimum, it is known who has been exposed and until that information has been disclosed to public health authorities," President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Michael Weinstein told the Kansas City Star.
The actor was tested at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. The clinic in San Fernando caters to those in the pornography industry, the New York Daily News said.
The identity and gender of the actor has not been disclosed.

Man fires gun at school and injures two

Two students were injured after a gunman opened fire at a California elementary school Friday before construction workers restrained him
According to the Associated Press, the suspect parked his car then jumped a fence and fired a gun at Kelly Elementary School. Bullets grazed two students, ages 6 and 7.
Construction workers detained the suspect, Brendan O'Rourke, until police could come CNN reported.
"He is not cooperating with the investigation. He probably has some mental health issues," Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said in regards to O'Rourke's condition.

Liberal group gains momentum with rally

Tens of thousands of people rallied at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to gain momentum for liberal groups before congressional elections next month.
According to the New York Times, 300 groups participated in the "One Nation Working Together" march for causes like increased job-creation programs and to promote liberal voters to go to the polls next month.
Roxanne Bunnell told Reuters that she hoped the march would get progressive voters riled up.
The march's organizers stressed that they were trying to get voters to elect candidates that would reduce unemployment rates.

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