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East Coast rapist to plead guilty

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A Connecticut man, known as the East Coast Rapist, is scheduled to plea guilty later this month.

"They were objects," Thomas said. "Whoever came down the street, an object. . . . It's awful. It's scary. . . . I don't know why I couldn't just stop." Quote from the Washington Post.

Thomas has attacked over a dozen women since 1990. According to ABC News, he could spend up to his life in prison.

According to the Star Tribune and Kare 11, police are investigating the death of a man in a house fire in N. Minneapolis as homicide which occurred on Saturday.

The cause of death is still under investigation, but they are investigating it as a homicide. The identity of the man has not yet been released.

The house is located on the 3800 block of Humboldt Avenue N.

Child killed by wild dogs at Pittsburgh zoo

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According to the Washington Post and ABC News, a boy around the age of 3 died after falling into a wild dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh zoo on Sunday.

It is unclear whether the boy died from the 14-foot fall or the attacks from the wild dogs. He was pronounced dead by the time the EMTs got to him.

Zoo workers tried scaring the dogs away from the boy by shooting at them, but they did not respond to the shots right away and continued to maul the boy.

The victim was at the zoo with his mom and family friends at the time of the attack. The zoo is closed until further notice.

Hurricane Sandy moves up the east coast

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According to the Washington Post, Hurricane Sandy is moving up the west coast towards the Washington area.

Tens of thousands of people have been warned to get out of the highly populated area before one of the most fearsome storms in U.S. history hits near New York, according to the Star Tribune.

"This is a serious, killer storm," said Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley.


Obama redeems himself in second presidential debate

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According to the Washington Post, a second town-hall-style presidential debate between Obama and Romney on Tuesday got much more heated than the first.

Unlike the first debate, the two candidates got very argumentative and aggressive, and talked over each other constantly.

Obama, who was criticized for not being aggressive enough in the first debate, redeemed himself and was much more upfront against Romney.

The candidates debated about several issues, but unlike the first debate, Obama has been said to win the second debate.

According to the New York Times, a 43-year-old Austrian man jumped over 24 miles to earth from space, breaking the sound barrier on Sunday afternoon.

"Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It's not about breaking records anymore. It's not about getting scientific data. It's all about coming home," said Baumgartner after completing his jump.

It took Felix Baumgartner just under 10 minutes to complete the 128,100 ft freefall, reaching the ground in Roswell, New Mexico

Baumgartner broke reached a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24, breaking records set 50 years ago by Joe Kittenger, who is now now 84 years old.

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