Deadly bacteria may be unstoppable

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The story uses the records of reported cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, especially those cases reported at the University of Virginia Medical Center and the cases reported this summer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center just outside of Washington, D.C.

The computer skills the reporter needed to use in order to produce this story was ability to understand medical reports filed by the CDC and be able to create many graphics that are engaging to the readers.

The organization used online tools such as video, colorful diagrams to represent how the disease grows and where in your body it grows and the various treatment stages of the disease.

U.S. drone kills top al-Qaida leader in Pakistan

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A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.

According to Pakistani intelligence officials, who spoke on a condition on anonymity, "Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area."

Al-Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as al-Qaida's second in command after al-Libi was killed in a U.S. drone strike in June.

"Al-Kuwaiti appeared to be a less prominent figure and was not part of the U.S. State Department's list of most wanted terrorist suspects, as al-Libi had been," reported ABC News.

A shooting rampage on a California Indian reservation has left 4 dead, including the gunman and 3 people wounded.

The man, whom authorities have identified as 31-year-old Hector Celaya, was fatally wounded in a shootout with detectives after a car chase.

Celaya began his rampage Saturday night on the Tule River Indian Reservation in Porterville, Calif., authorities said.

According to NBC news, "Deputies responding to a 911 call found a man and a woman dead inside a trailer and a male juvenile suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. At a shed on the same property, deputies found the body of another man."

Authorities gave chase to Celaya who fled in a Jeep Cherokee with his two young daughters. It was after Celaya had pulled off to the side of the road that he was shot.

The two girls, ages 5 and 8, also suffered gunshot wounds.

"During the preliminary investigation, detectives learned the suspect had shot the children," the sheriff's office said in a statement according to Reuters.

The girls were taken to a hospital where one was receiving treatment for life-threatening injuries. The young man that was shot by Celaya was also transported to a hospital for treatment.

Roughly four hours after going missing the wreckage of the plane that is believed to have been carrying popular Mexican-American singer, Jenni Rivera and six others has been found.

The wreckage was found in Nuevo Leon and there were no apparent survivors, said authorities in a statement to

Telemundo also reported that the jet can not be definitively identified as the same jet that was carrying the singer, but evidence suggests it is the same aircraft.

Officials said that the jet went missing about 62 miles south of Monterrey where just a day before Rivera had given a concert. The plane was headed to Toluca near Mexico City, said The Los Angeles Times.

Rivera was 43-years old and was best known for her interpretations of the Mexican norterno and banda music.

An unidentified 6-year-old girl is in critical condition after being pulled from an uncovered Richfield pool on Sunday.

According to the Star Tribune Richfield police responded to a call around 11 a.m. Sunday to a house on 7300 block of Garfield Avenue S.

"The girl was given CPR and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center," reported the Pioneer Press.

An 8-year-old boy was also pulled from the partially filled pool. He had gone in to try and save the girl who was revealed to his cousin. He was uninjured.

Meth-ring leader sentenced to record 30 years

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The story reads like something straight out of a Law & Order episode. A major meth smuggling ring is busted and the kingpin is arrested and sent to trial. It seems like the evil-doer will get away with a slap on the wrist at sentencing, but then in a surprising twist the judge hands down a jaw-droppingly long sentence and justice ultimately prevails.

Take out Sam Waterson and a few cliche lines and you get the real story on the sentencing of meth-ring leader, Pedro 'Peli' Ayala-Leyva.

On Tuesday, a Hennepin county court judge sentenced Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison, a state record for drug crime in Minnesota.

"It's good to give the ringleaders and kingpins the significant prison time they deserve," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement to the Star Tribune.

In October Ayala-Leyva was found guilty of first-degree drug trafficking conspiracy that came out of his leadership of a drug smuggling ring that brought methamphetamine from California to the Twin Cities.

According to CBS Minnesota, "Roughly seven years was recommended by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines but Hennepin County attorneys argued for a much-steeper punishment."

The success of the sentencing is a major step towards curbing drug trafficking in Minnesota with harsher sentences now a possibility for many offenders.

Israel fires warning shots into Syria

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Israeli military fired 'warning shots' into Syria, Saturday.

According to Reuters, "Israeli forces fired "warning shots" into Syria on Sunday after stray mortar fire from fighting between Syrian forces and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel's military said."

Though Israel quickly remedied the situation, top officials did threaten to ramp up retaliation if attacks continued.

The reason for Israel's distrust of Syria is well known.

"They [Israelis] have feared that the instability in Syria over the past 19 months could spill across the border into Israel, particularly as President Bashar Assad's grip on power grows increasingly precarious," the Associated Press said.

Explosion in Indiana Destroys Several Homes

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Two people were killed and several homes were leveled in Indianapolis when a blast rocked the neighborhood.

It is not quite clear what caused the explosion.

"Deputy Fire Chief Kenny Bacon told reporters Sunday investigators haven't eliminated any possible causes for the blast," said the Washington Post. "But U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, who represents the area, said he had been told a bomb or meth lab explosion had been ruled out."

"Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said as many as 31 homes were damaged so badly that they may have to be demolished," the New York Times said. "The explosion damaged a total of 80 homes, he said. He estimated the damage at $3.6 million."

Most evacuees are staying with family and a relief operation was set up in a nearby church.

Gophers Maybe Bowl Bound

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Minnesota's Golden Gopher football team has become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 on Saturday.

The Gopher's 17-3 win over Illinois has given the Gophers their sixth win of the season, the number of wins needed for the Gophers to enter into the bowl competition.

According to the Minnesota Daily, Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood and his backup, Rodrick Williams, were the key to the Gophers' success.

"The duo accounted for every yard of Minnesota's first scoring drive, which ended in a game-tying field goal shortly before halftime," the Minnesota Daily said.

The Gophers's defense was also instrumental in the team securing the win.

"The Illini crossed midfield only once in the second half, getting to Minnesota's 36 in the fourth quarter before turning the ball over on downs," the Star Tribune said.

For the first time in 20 years, Minnesota state government has become completely DFL-controlled.

In Tuesday's election results, several Republican candidates lost their election bids to Democratic candidates paving the way for Gov. Mark Dayton to pursue his agenda more easily.

"I was asked many times what would happen with a DFL governor and a DFL Legislature and I said, 'Progress,' " Gov. Mark Dayton said in the Star Tribune. "That's our responsibility now."

According to the Minnesota Daily, the new Legislature has put addressing the state's budget at the top of the list. They also have plans to review taxes, the bonding bill and University of Minnesota funding.

Many DFL legislators have also stressed the importance of working with the GOP to stabilize Minnesota's economy.

"The state is pretty much split down the middle," said former DFL legislator Roger Moe in the Star Tribune. "I think it is important for the Democrats to learn from what the Republicans did, which was that they kind of over-reached, particularly in terms of these constitutional amendments."