December 2012 Archives

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.

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