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Public pot-smoking protest busted


Pro-pot protesters at the University of Colorado were forced to disperse on Friday, CNN reports.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, but no one smoked at the rally, CNN reports.

According to CNN, the school closed the campus to outsiders and spread an unpleasant-smelling, fish-based fertilizer on the quad before enclosing it in yellow police tape and stationing police officers around the perimeter.

Three people were arrested for trespassing when they walked onto the quad, sat down and refused to leave, USA TODAY reports.

"Clearly they wanted to get arrested," campus police spokesman Ryan Huff said.

In past years the Norlin Quad on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder had drawn 10,000 to 12,000 people for the event that occurs on April 20, CNN reports.

According to USA TODAY, Huff estimated that the university would spend about $110,000 on law-enforcement Friday, about double the amount spent last year.

19-acre fire started by three boys

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The Albert Lea Tribune reports a 19-acre grass fire that threatened several homes on the south end of Albert Lea on Monday was started by three pre-teen boys who were playing with matches, according to fire officials.

Albert Lea Fire Capt. Mark Light said the boys admitted to starting the fire.

The fire did slight damage to a radio tower owned by KATE radio, KIMT reports.

The blaze ventured as close as 100 feet from at least one home, the Albert Lea Tribune reports.

Crews were able to contain the fire before it got too close to any homes, but it was enough to frighten residents, KIMT reports.

"When the wind picked up like that it started to get a little close to the house and that, I was a little worried about it, yeah," said Mark Flesche, a resident of the area.

Bubba Watson wins U.S. Master's

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Bubba Watson won the 76th U.S. Masters as he beat South African Louis Oosthuizen at the second hole of a sudden death playoff at Augusta National on Sunday, ESPN reports.

Watson, who was winning his first major title, played a remarkable shot from the trees at the 10th to find the green, according to a CNN article.

"I never got this far in my dreams," said Watson.

Oosthuizen's highlight of the afternoon was his double-eagle on the par-5 second hole, ESPN reports. The miraculous shot resulted in an albatross, one of the rarest occurrences in the sport of golf.

It was only the fourth in three-under-par double-eagle the history of the Masters.

Kentucky and Kansas to face off in NCAA title game

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Kansas overcame a 13 point deficit in a comeback victory over Ohio State on Saturday, propelling Kansas to the NCAA title game, ESPN reports. Kansas outscored Ohio State 13-7 in the final five minutes to win by 2 points.

Despite its 9 point lead at halftime, Ohio State was unable to regain its lost momentum as the Kansas Jayhawks took control of the game.

"It was two different games," Kansas Coach Bill Self said in the ESPN article. "They dominated us the first half. We were playing in quicksand it looked like. And the light came on. We were able to play through our bigs; we were able to get out and run, but the biggest thing is we got stops."

Kentucky, who will also be featured in the championship, ousted in-state rival Louisville 69-61. Kentucky entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed in the South bracket and a heavy favorite to win it all, CNN reports.

The title game will be held in Mew Orleans on Monday evening. Kentucky is clearly the favorite, but Kansas, who has won a handful of close games in the tournament, has proved to themselves and the nation that they are not a team to be underestimated.

Gophers defeat UND, advance to frozen four

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The Gophers earned their 20th trip to the Frozen Four by beating North Dakota 5-2 at Xcel Energy Center in the championship game of the West Regional, the Star Tribune reports.

This is the first trip to the frozen four for the Gophers since 2005.

According to the Star Tribune, five different players scored for the Gophers and goalie Kent Patterson had 24 saves.

The Washington Post reports the Gophers will play Boston College, the tournament's number one seed, in the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., from April 5-7.

Ferris State and Union (N.Y.) College will face each other in the other national semifinal.

"[This] means an awful lot," Gophers center Erik Haula said, the Star Tribune reports. "It was one of the goals at the start of the season.

Colts and Peyton part ways after 14 years

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The Indianapolis Colts released four-time league MVP Peyton Manning on Wednesday, NPR reports.

According to CNN, Manning plans to continue playing in the NFL, although it is uncertain as to which team will claim him.

"I don't want to retire... Nobody loves playing quarterback more than me," Manning said.

In a press conference with Colts owner Jim Irsay, Manning said circumstances had brought his time with the Colts to an end, despite both the wishes of him and Irsay that things could have worked out differently, CNN reports.

According to CNN, the Colts would have owed Manning a $28 million bonus if he'd remained on their roster past Wednesday.

ESPN reports following his release, Peyton Manning's representative has been contacted by 12 different teams including the Dolphins, Broncos, Cardinals and Seahawks.

According to USA TODAY, a 41-year-old high school teacher quit his job and left his wife and children to move in with an 18-year-old student.

James Hooker, 41, and Jordan Powers, 18, now share an apartment, and Hooker is on paid administrative leave from the school, the Huffington Post reports.

Police are investigating whether the couple had any illegal contact before her 18th birthday in September. Both have said there was no sexual contact before she reached the legal age, USA TODAY reports.

Hooker and Powers first met when the teen was a freshman at Enochs High, and they say feelings for each other only developed through spending time together during and after school and through phone calls and text messages, USA TODAY reports.

School officials condemned teacher-student romances, with Superintendent Pam Able calling them "not only unprofessional, but immoral."

Jablonkski surprises teammates before playoff game

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Injured high school hockey player, Jack Jablonski, made a surprise return visit on Thursday night to support his Benilde-St. Margaret's team in the playoffs, KARE reports.

According to KARE, it was the first time Jablonski had been back to the arena with his teammates since the accident.

The 16-year-old suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae during a junior varsity game in December.

WCCO reports Jack watched the game from a back corner, sharing handshakes, high fives and laughter.

The Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights beat Holy Family 7-0 on Thursday to advance in the playoffs.

ESPN fires writer of offensive Jeremy Lin headline

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CNN reports ESPN has fired the employee responsible for writing an offensive headline about Asian-American NBA star Jeremy Lin. ESPN has also suspended an anchor who used the same ethnic slur, the sports network said Sunday.

The headline read "Chink in the Armor," referencing the New York Knicks' 89- 85 loss Friday night to the New Orleans Hornets that ended the team's season-high winning streak.

ESPN called both incidents "separate and different" in a statement regarding the comments on their website.

The statement on ESPN's website said "We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future."

When asked about the issue, Lin said he did not think the headline was intentional.

"I don't think it was on purpose," Lin said. "At the same time, they've apologized. I don't care anymore."

Whitney Houston's death casts shadow over Grammy awards

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Pop icon Whitney Houston died on Saturday at age 48.

Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party.

The investigation of her death is expected to take weeks, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles County coroner's office performed an autopsy Sunday, but no official cause of death has been determined.

In light of the tragedy, the 54th annual Grammy Awards began with a prayer in memory of Houston. LL Cool J, the host for the Grammys, commemorated Houston at the beginning of the ceremony.

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