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Analysis: data

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/netflix-ceo-says-future-of-tv-is-in-apps/2013/04/26/f21f5cce-adc7-11e2-98ef-d1072ed3cc27_story.html

The reporter used a lot of statistics and data, and trend information for the article. In one half of a paragraph, there are a number of figures used: "Its revenue, which exceeded $1 billion for the first three months of 2013, was a record. Minutes after the figures were announced Monday, Netflix stock soared more than 23 percent." The reporter would need a working knowledge of how stocks work, and how to accurately identify and report trends.

The article has a couple accompanying multimedia. The first is a side-by-side comparison of the biggest Web TV services (Netflix, hulu, etc). There is also a comment section. Both are intended to engage the reader, and help them understand the story. There are also hyperlinks scattered throughout the story which lead to other stories or information for further reading.

4 people stabbed at church service in Albuquerque

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A man stabbed 4 people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque Sunday, according to the AP.

Near the end of the service, a man in his 20s went up to the choir area and began to attack. The injuries were not life-threatening, according to the AP.


The church, St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic, is considered to be a megachurch of the area. The attack may have happened during the Spanish mass. Parishioners grabbed the man, according to some reports, as reported by Hispanically Speaking News.

U.S. citizen to be put on trial in North Korea

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A U.S. citizen will be put on trial in North Korea for "committing crimes" and trying to bring down the country's regime, according to North Korea's official news agency, as reported by NPR.

Kenneth Bae, 44, has been imprisoned since November. He was with five other tourists when a hard disk was found in their belongings. He was entering Rason, a city near North Korea's border with China and Russia, according to Aljazeera.

Friends of Bae say he is a Christian missionary who came from China to North Korea to feed orphans, according to the AP, as reported by NPR.


A Brooklyn Park man died after spending more than an hour in a Maple Grove pond Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

Andrew Pitts, 20, was unconscious when authorities pulled him out of a pond near the Shoppes at Arbor Lake. He died at Maple Grove hospital, according to Kare11.

The medical examiner listed Pitt's death as drowning, and authorities are investigating why he went into the pond, according to the Star Tribune.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev moved to medical detention center

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Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a medical detention center, authorities said Friday, according to the New York Times.

Tsarnaev, 19, is now at the Bureau of Prisons facility at Fort Devens, Mass. The facility handles male patients who require long-term or specialized mental or physical care, according to USA Today.

Tsarnaev was involved in a shootout with police which left him with gunshot wounds. His injuries include ones to the tongue, neck, and leg, according to USA Today.

Tsarnaey faces life in prison or the death sentence if he is found guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction, according to the New York Times.

An 11month-old baby girl died after she stopped breathing while taking a nap at an in-home daycare in Fillmore County Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The death is being investigated, and as of Wednesday the cause of death has not been determined. Foul play is not suspected, according to CBS.

The girl was air-lifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester after police received a 911 call saying she was not breathing. She died at the hospital, according to CBS.

This is the second child care death this year in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

Shots fired at 420 rally in Colorado Saturday

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Two people are suffering from non-life threatening injuries after shots were fired at a pot holiday gathering in Colorado Saturday, according to the Denver Post.

The police are looking for one or two suspects following a violent disruption at a gathering in a downtown park in Colorado. Some people thought firecrackers were being set off, until they realized a man and his dog had been hit by bullets, according to the Pioneer Press.

The gathering was the first 420 rally since Colorado legalized marijuana last year, according to the Denver Post.

A 5-year-old Indian girl's kidnapping, rape, and torture has spurred hundreds of people to protest at New Delhi's police headquarters Saturday, according to the New York Times.

A medical bulletin released Saturday said the girl is alert and in stable condition, according to the Washington Post.

The 22-year-old man accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing the girl has been taken into custody, according to the Washington Post.

Hospital searches for second body of stillborn

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The search for the body of a second stillborn baby has been unsuccessful after Regions Hospital officials suspect it was accidentally taken to the same laundry facility as the first stillborn baby earlier this week, according to the Star Tribune.

The hospital has not identified the workers who may have made the mistake, according to the Huffington Post.

According to the Star Tribune, Sherokee Ilse, a Maple Plain consultant and author who speaks about coping with stillbirths and miscarriages, said "We're always rushing, rushing, rushing, and we're cutting staff and dollars," she said. "Maybe these are the kinds of outcomes that happen when all that other chaos is going on."

According to a nonpartisan two-year study, the U.S. government was involved in 'indisputable' torture post 9/11, according to the New York Times.


The 577-page report was generated by 11 members of the Constitution Project, a Washington watchdog. It found that the Bush administration violated American and international law in its use of "enhanced interrogation techniques", according to the Telegraph.

According to the Telegraph, the report was the most ambitious project attempting to analyze the "controversial practices of the war on terror."