Pilot Dies, Small Plane Crashes Into Minnesota Lake

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A small plane crashed into a Minnesota lake on Sunday morning, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger.

Just before 10 a.m. on Sunday a small experimental plane crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake near Brainerd, killing the pilot, a 55-year-old man from Crosslake, The Associated Press said.

The passenger, 61, also from Crosslake, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, The Associated Press said.

The plane was a fixed-wing single engine Skystar Kitfox 4, Federal Aviation Administration Spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said, the Star Tribune said.

The plane was submerged about 75 yards offshore, FAA Spokesman Roland Herwig told The Associated Press.

The aircraft was built in 2008, the Star Tribune said.

Beijing Flooding Kills At Least 20

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At least 20 people died this weekend in China due to record-breaking rainfall.

The Global Post reported 20 people were killed as a result of heavy rains in China, while The Wall Street Journal reports 37 people have died because of the downpour.

Almost 70,000 residents were displaced due to flooding, The Wall Street Journal said.

More than 18 inches of rain fell in the Hebei Township, washing out roads and cellphone and Internet services, the Global Post said, breaking a record set in 1951.

On Sunday President Barack Obama met with victims and families of those killed in Friday's mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, which killed 12 people and injured 58.

Obama visited with families at the University of Colorado hospital in Aurora, where 23 victims had been taken after the shooting and 10 remained Sunday, CBS News said.

Obama focused on the "lives and dreams of the fallen and the survivors" rather than the shooting suspect after emerging from visits with the families and victims, the Associated Press said.

"I also tried to assure them that this perpetrator has received a lot of attention, that attention will fade away. ... In the end... what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy," Obama said after one of the meetings, CBS News said.

"I know the president is in Colorado today," said Mitt Romney, the republican presidential nominee, to a group of supporters. "He's visiting with families and friends of the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day -- appreciate that."

Thousands of Norwegians gathered at memorials on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the massacre that left 77 dead a year ago.

About 1,500 people went to Utoya Island, where gunman Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people one year ago, while thousands more gathered at a memorial in Oslo, the Wall Street Journal said.

"The bomb and the shots were intended to change Norway. People responded by embracing our values. He failed, the people won," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said to a crowd at the memorial in Oslo, Reuters reported.

Along with the shootings on Utoya Island, Breivik killed eight people with a bomb that went off outside parliament, Reuters reported.

"Very few people can go through a day without thinking of the events of July 22," said Vegard Groeslie Wennesland, who had escaped Breivik on Utoya Island by barricading himself in a cabin with about 50 others, Reuters said.

"You know, a person you miss, someone you were supposed to hang out with or seek advice from or anything like this. Or something that just reminds you of what happened."

Penn State Takes Down Joe Paterno Statue

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The statue of Joe Paterno outside Penn State's football stadium was removed Sunday.

Paterno's statue was taken down, as well as the iconography of his involvement in hiding child sex abuse allegations against his retired assistant, Jerry Sandusky, that the statue adopted.

The statue weighs over 900 pounds and is nearly 7 feet tall, and was built in 2001 in honor of his 324th Division 1 coaching victory, as well as his "contributions to the university," the Associated Press said.

Rodney Erickson, Penn State president, ordered the statue's removal Sunday morning, saying it is "a source of division and an obstacle to healing," USA Today said.

"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement Sunday morning, The Associated Press said.


Analysis: Numbers

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The Herald Sun's article about the recent floods in Japan uses numbers in several ways.

Many approximate counts of people who have been told to evacuate are reported, such as the 400,000 total people "ordered or advised" to leave their homes. That count then narrows down to region and then prefectures.

The number of landslides that occurred and houses damaged were also listed, as well as the number of casualties, centimeters of rain that fell in three days, and the centimeters of rain that fell per hour on Friday.

Many of the numbers are very overwhelming, and frankly too specific and unnecessary to include in this story. With all of the listed numbers of evacuation in regions that I'm not sure even Australians have heard of, the reporter would have been better off converting those numbers into percentages so the reader can get a better idea of the scope of the evacuation.

For example, saying that in the Fukuoka prefecture 78,600 people were ordered to evacuate has no real meaning to anyone who doesn't know the population of Fukuoka. If there were 80,000 residents, that would be far different than if there were to be 500,000 people in that region.

Had the reader used math to find the percent of the populations were ordered to evacuate, this story would have much more impact.

Sources of the numbers are fairly clear, citing Kyushu's local media and the Fukuoka prefecture spokesman. Otherwise, "officials said" is used, being more vague as to where these approximations and numbers actually came from.

Otter Attacks Anoka Woman in Duluth Lake

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An Anoka woman was attacked this week by an otter in a northern Minnesota lake, leaving with 25 bite marks.

Leah Prudhomme, 33, a triathlete from Anoka, was swimming in Island Lake when an otter attacked her, The Star Tribune said.

The wetsuit prevented her 25 wounds from being worse, Northland News Center said.

"It just kept coming after me," Prudhomme said to The Star Tribune. "You never knew where it was going to bite next."

Man Found in Utah after Lost for a Weeks

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After about three weeks of being lost in the Utah desert, a 28-year-old autistic man was found emaciated.

William M. LaFever, 28, was found alongside a river weighing about 100 pounds and malnourished after missing for three weeks, CNN said.

He had survived by eating a frog, raw fish, and some roots, The Salt Lake Tribune said.

He was reluctant at being rescued at first, and told rescuers that he had been answering the call of the desert and that his trip was spiritual, The Salt Lake Tribune said.

Floods in Japan Force 400,000 to Evacuate, Kills 22

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Flooding and landslides on Friday in Japan caused 400,000 people to evacuate and killed at least 22, officials said to the BBC News.

On Japan's main southern island rain and bursting rivers caused flooding and landslides, forcing residents to evacuate, many of whom remain in evacuation centers, The Herald Sun said.

At least 5,000 people are stranded in the northwestern region of the island, where police are focusing their rescue efforts, due to washed-out bridges, the BBC said.

At least seven people were reported missing, the BBC said. Japan's Self-Defence Forces are searching for them.

One of the U.S. Marshals Service's top 15 most-wanted fugitives was caught in Cancun, Mexico, on Friday after 24 years on the run.

Vincent Legrend Walters, 45, was wanted on a charge of kidnapping, murder and drug charges in relation to a San Diego case in 1988, the service said to Reuters.

Walters had been working at the Cancun international airport under the assumed name of Oscar Rivera, The Associated Press said.

An undercover Drug Enforcement Agency operation targeted Walters in 1988, during which he took three individuals hostage in an attempt to trade them for confiscated drugs, Reuters said.

Christina Reyes, one of the hostages, died after being gagged with a chemical-soaked rag, The Associated Press said. The other two hostages were released.