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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."

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.


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.

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.

Brad Pitt's mother wrote a letter earlier this week to a Missouri newspaper bashing President Obama and backing republican candidate Mitt Romney.

In her letter to Missouri's Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt responds to another reader's letter urging Christians to not support Romney because of his Mormon faith that "denigrates women.", the Huffington Post said.

"I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon," Jane Pitt said in the letter, supporting Romney, as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

"Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney's opponent, Barack Hussein Obama," she said, adding that the president "did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Her views are in stark contrast to those of her son, a noted supporter of gay marriage who was recently the anti-Prop. 8 play titled "8".

Best Buy Lays Off 650 Geek Squad Employees

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Best Buy reported Thursday that it is laying off 650 Geek Squad employees.

Roughly 3 percent of Geek Squad employees are being laid off nation wide, representing less than one worker per store, The Wall Street Journal said.

Employees will receive severance packages and job placement assistance, Kare 11 News reported, citing a statement from the Best Buy News Center.

Geek Squad employees provide in-store and at home services, including installation of electronics and appliances and repair to consumer electronics.

"The only real differentiator is that they have service, that service is installation and advice, and that's what Geek Squad does," said Michael Pachter, analyst for Wedbush Securities Inc., to The Wall Street Journal.

While Best Buy can't match online pricing, it provides essential services to its customers through Geek Squad, The Wall Street Journal said.

The Supreme Court's decision on Monday about Arizona's immigration law accepted a highly debated piece, tossing out other provisions that they said would interfere with the government's role in creating immigration policy.

The court upheld the critic-named "show me your papers" provision, which requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they suspect they might be in the country illegally, The New York Times said.

The court rejected other provisions that would create criminal penalties for seeking work among other actions, The New York Times said, as well as provisions that would get in the way of the national government setting a common immigration policy.

President Obama showed concern that the court allowed one of the most controversial provisions to pass, but showed praise that others were denied, The Los Angeles Times said.

Mitt Romney, Obama's Republican competitor in the upcoming presidential election, expressed distaste at the rejection of provisions that would allow states to create their own immigration laws.

"Each state has the duty -- and the right -- to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities," he said in a written statement Monday.

Between Romney and Obama, Romney is in the tougher position because of his previously stated strong stance against illegal immigration, The Los Angeles Times said.


Former governor Tim Pawlenty said Sunday that he told Mitt Romney's campaign to look elsewhere for a vice president running mate, The Star Tribune said.

Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor, believes he could better help he Republican party in other ways, The Associated Press said.

Being asked to partner up with Romney would be an honor, Pawlenty said, but he has encouraged the campaign to look at other contenders.

Sandusky Found Guilty of 45 Counts of Sexual Abuse

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Former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of 45 counts of child sex abuse to 10 boys over a 15 year period.

The jurors, three quarters of which have ties to Penn State, found Sandusky guilty to all but three counts of child sex abuse against him, The Associated Press said.

Sandusky, 68, is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, The Associated Press said.

Sandusky will be in jail until his sentencing hearing in about three months because Judge John Cleland revoked his bail, the Star-Telegram said.

Eight men testified against Sandusky for doing everything from kissing and groping to oral sex and anal rape, The Associated Press said.

The defense argued that Sandusky helped troubled children in Second Mile, a charity he founded, and that the accusers had made up their child sex abuse stories as a way to collect money from Penn State in settlements, the Star-Telegram said.

Sandusky's Adopted Son Claims He Was Abused Too

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BELLAFONTE, Pa. -- One of Jerry Sandusky's adopted sons claimed that he too was abused by Sandusky, the son's lawyers said on Thursday.

Matt Sandusky, 33, contacted lawyers Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici during the trial in order to arrange a meeting between them, the prosecutors, and the investigators, to tell them that he was also a victim of Sandusky's abuse, Shubin and Andronici said in a statement.

Matt Sandusky volunteered to testify but was not called to the stand in the trial, The New York Times said.

Matt had originally denied abuse after the case went public last fall, The New York Times said.

While Matt did not testify, new charges agains Jerry Sandusky may form from his claim, The New York Times said.

Matt was adopted at 18 after being a foster child in Sandusky's home through The Second Mile charity that was founded by Sandusky and aimed to help troubled youth, The Detroit Free Press said.

The Second Mile charity is also where Sandusky found his victims, prosecutors said.


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