Man shoots wife in her hospital bed

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By Karen Elizondo

A 66-year-old man is being held on attempted murder charge after entering the Intensive care unit of a hospital and shooting his wife, the Star Tribune reported.

John Wise of Ohio reportedly walked in to his wife's hospital room at Akron General Medical Center during normal visiting hours, pulled out a handgun and shot her, KSEE24 News reported.

Within one minute security was at the room and a doctor was in a nearby room, the Star Tribune reported.

Barbara Wise, John's wife, was in critical condition Sunday night, the Star Tribune reported.

Akron police Capt. Dan Zampelli said it may have been an attempted mercy killing, the Star Tribune reported.

Man arrested on suspicion of robbing Hudson gas station

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By Karen Elizondo

A Bay City, Wis. man is being held by authorities after being arrested on suspicion of armed robbery Sunday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Jason S. Kearns, 28 was arrested in connection with an armed robbery at Freedom Valu Center in Hudson the Pioneer Press reported.

Kearns is also being held on suspicion of knowingly fleeing police and other oustanding warrants, WQOW News reported.

Kearns went into the gas station early Sunday morning, pulled out a handgun demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of money, WQOW reported.

Authorities were called to the scene and on the way saw a man who matched the description of the robber driving on a motorcycle. The police pursued him until he abandoned the motorcycle in Stillwater, the Pioneer Press reported.

The motorcycle had been reported stolen Tuesday from Inver Grove Heights and the gun recovered is said to be a BB gun, the Pioneer Press reported.

Woman faced with sex trafficking charges

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By Karen Elizondo

A Minneapolis woman is facing sex trafficking and prostitution charges after two missing girls were discovered in her home, the Star Tribune reported.

Meranda Warborg, 29, was "harboring" the two teens ages 15 and 17, in her home while providing them drugs and promoting their prostitution, the Star Tribune reported.

The two teens had reportedly gone missing from their home town Eau Claire, Wis. earlier this month and poilce began investigations last week when they received a tip that the two were involved in sex trafficking, CBS Minnesota reported.

Each of the charges that face Warborg "carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine," CBS reported.

According to CBS, warborg has a pending criminal history including two DWI counts and two counts of patronizing a prostitute.

India blackout

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By Karen Elizondo

At least 600 million people were affected Tuesday in the worst blackout in India's history, reported the Washington Post.

A power grid failure on Monday that left 350 million people out of power grew to 600 million when the second and larger grid failure occurred Tuesday, CNN reported.

The blackout has shutdown trains, air conditioners, and stoplights, causing traffic to back up into a "gridlock on many streets of the capital," the Washington Post reported.

Airports and hospitals have been forced to run on backup power, CNN reported.

Power is largly being restored, CNN reported.

12-year-old girl steers car after grandfather dies

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By Karen Elizondo

After her grandfather died at the wheel, a 12-year-old New Jersey girl steered the truck to safety, reported.

Miranda Bowman was riding in the passenger seat when her grandfather, Paul Parker, died suddenly from heart failure and she had to take the wheel, reported.

Miranda was not injured in the accident, reported.

Parker told Miranda that he was not feeling well before she heard his head hit the driver's side window. His foot pushed down on the accelerator and Miranda realized she had to stop the car, the Star Tribune reported.

As the car sped to 80 mph Miranda unbuckled and slid over to the driver's side. She saw a red light ahead and thought that she said "I can't hurt anybody else." She drove into a couple trees before the truck came to a stop, the Star Tribune reported.

A woman driving behind the swerving truck called 911, the Star Tribune reported.

The family is in shock. Parker was an active man, the Star Tribune reported.

One dead after Minneapolis house fire

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By Karen Elizondo

An early morning house fire at a 112-year-old house killed one and hospitalized four others, the Star Tribune reported.

At about 4:30 a.m. firefighters responded to a call to the 2800 block of First Avenue South where they found five people inside the Star Tribune reported.

One person died at the scene and the remaining four were sent to the hospital where their conditions are unknown as of Saturday night, the Pioneer Press reported.

The family who had been inside the house had been renting it for about a year, the Pioneer Press reported.

By Karen Elizondo

Authorities have found an Arkansas girl who was taken by her brother after he allegedly slain their parents, KEYC TV reported.

The girl, Amber Whitlow was found in Memphis, Tenn., with her brother, Antonio Whitlow, just hours after their parents, Annette and Bobbly Whitlow, were found dead in their home, KEYC reported.

Amber showed no sign of injuries, the Star Tribune reported.

At about 3 p.m. Saturday officers recieved a phone call from a church member who saw Annette's body on the living room floor by a fireplace when he went to their house to meet Bobby, the Star Tribune reported.

The police found Bobby's body in the kitchen. The weapons reportedly used were a knife or other cutting instrument, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota's fight against sale of designer drugs

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By Karen Elizondo

A new law effective Aug 1 in minnesota has made the sale of synthetic drugs in Minnesota a felony, the Star Tribune reported.

Government and law enforcement officials are cracking down on synthetic drugs that have been linked to at least two deaths in Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported.

The crackdown, not limited to just Minnesota, is a nationwide effort driven by a federal ban on 26 different synthetic drugs that was signed by President Barack Obama this month, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The ban has led to 265 search warrants in 90 cities being carried out. Law enforcement executed raids nationwide in sales establishments and manufacturing locations, reported MPR.

In Minnesota officials raided Last Place on earth head shop and collected 20,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, MPR said.

Nationwide agents collected 4.8 million packets of synthetic marijuana, enough material to produce 13.6 million packets, 167,000 packets of "bath salts" and enough material to produce 392,000 more, according to MPR.

The law in Minnesota provides the Pharmacy Board the authority to "speed through new rules to keep up with the fast-changing formulas" that have been used to get around current law, the Star Tribune reported.

By Karen Elizondo

Shingle Creek Elementary was given 12 to 18 months to stand Tuesday in order for a historical significance study to decide its worthiness to stay, the Star Tribune reported.

The now-vacant school, built in 1958 with "recognizable mid-century American architecture" was facing threats by the Minneapolis School District to be demolished, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The district closed the school in 2007 and since then has been frequented by "unwanted visitors" and vandals, Minnesota Public Radio said.

There is an estimated $35,000 to $50,000 spent on clean up for the building every year, MPR reported.

According to MPR a permit is required to demolish a building in order to preserve historic architecture. It may be worth saving according to Commissioner Robert Mack.

The Minneapolis School District is expecting to appeal the decision, the Star Tribune Reported.

Rare baby Amur tiger at Minnesota Zoo

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By Karen Elizondo

Chances are better for a baby Amur tiger that was brought to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley where it will be raised with another newborn of the same breed, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

The cub was born on July 1 in the Saint Louis Zoo with a brother who did not make it past the first few critical days of these tigers life, according to the Minnesota Zoo press release.

The cub was brought to the Minnesota Zoo to be hand-reared with another newborn in order for the cubs to "encourage their natural tiger behaviors," the Star Tribune reported.

The cub arrived in Minneapolis on July 19, was examined by veterinarians and joined the Minnesota born cub where hopes are the two will learn from each other, the Press release said.

According to the Star Tribune the Amur tiger is the largest of all cats and has gone through several population changes in its natural habitat of Russia including a low period of only an estimated 20 or 20 in 1940.