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Two Injured by Boulders in Hawaii

Two people were injured Sunday by boulders that fell on their home in Hawaii.
The boulders slammed into the back bedroom of the couple's house. The two story house is built at the base of a hill, the New York Times said.
The man had surgery on his leg and the woman had a CAT scan, Hawaii News Now said.
Authorities said that the couple's 10-year-old son was home but was not hurt, the New York Times said.

Missing Skydiver's Body Found in Southern California

A body found Tuesday in a Perris, Calif. field has been identified as a missing 50-year-old Russian skydiver.
Riverside County coroner officials confirmed that the body discovered was Vladimir Frolov on Saturday, the Post Chronicle said.
Frolov has been missing for about two months after he solo skydived on Sept. 25 over Perris, Calif., USA Today said.
A Perris farmer was plowing his field when he spotted Frolov's decomposing body and two unopened parachutes, the Post Chronicle said.
Frolov's rental car and passport were discovered in the airport parking lot five days after his disappearance and rescue teams were unsuccessful at finding his body, USA Today said.

Remains Found of Kidnapping Victim's Three Missing Relatives

The remains of two women and an 11-year-old boy were found Thursday who have been missing since Nov. 10.
The remains of Stephanie Sprang, 41, Tina Herrmann, 32, and Herrmann's 11-year-old son, Kody, were found Thursday inside garbage bags there were stuffed inside a hollow tree, CBS News said.
Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, Sarah, was found bound and gagged in the basement of Matthew Hoffman's home. Hoffman is a convicted arsonist, the New York Daily News said.
Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping upon the discovery of Sarah and is being held on a $1 million bail. However, officials say the charges will change because of the remains being found, the New York Daily News said.
Authorities said Sprang, Herrmann, and Kody were attacked and stabbed multiple times in the chest and back in Herrmann's Apple Valley home. The remains of the Herrmann family dog were also found inside the garbage bags, CBS News said.
Family friends said they think the property had been watched prior by the attacker before the killings, CBS News said.

Quidditch World Cup Held in New York

The Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch World Cup was held Saturday and Sunday in New York.
More than 60 college and high school teams were registered to compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in a park in Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal said.
The Quidditch World Cup brought up the question of the sport's future, the Wall Street Journal said. Some people want the sport to remain unsponsored and inclusive and others want the sport to become recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The game gets very physical as players run around the field with a broomstick between their legs and throw deflated volleyballs through mounted hoops to score points, the Epoch Times said.
The role of the "golden snitch", which in the Harry Potter books is a winged golden ball that flies around the field, is played by a live player wearing gold who carries a tennis ball inside of a sock tied to his or her waist, the Epoch Times said.
The Wall Street Journal said that some players and teams are sponsored by their schools and receive school funding.

Lawmakers OK Happy Meal Toy Ban in San Francisco

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would restrict the free toy giveaway in McDonalds Happy Meals.
The ordinance was approved 8-3. It calls for McDonalds to prohibit giving away free toys in children's meals that are over 600 calories and if more than 35% of those calories come from fat, the New York Daily News said.
The ordinance was proposed in an effort to curb childhood obesity, CBS News said.
McDonalds franchise owners said they are concerned about the new ordinance because it would hinder sales and impact jobs, CBS News said.
In a ironic twist, the ordinance was voted upon on the same day that the McRib sandwich made a comeback on McDonald's menus. The McRib has 26 grams of fat, the New York Daily News said.

McDonald's Employees Told To Vote Republican

The owner of several McDonald's chains in Ohio inserted a pamphlet into employees' last paychecks that said if they did not vote Republican in the upcoming Midterm elections, their pay and benefits would be affected.
Paul Siegfried, owner of several McDonald's chains in Ohio, attempted to persuade his employees on how to vote by inserting a pamphlet into their paychecks this month, the New York Times said.
The pamphlet mentioned three specific Republican candidates that employees were supposed to vote for. The pamphlet said that if the employees did not, their pay and benefits would be threatened, the New York Daily News said.
One employee forwarded the pamphlet to an attorney out of anger, the New York Daily News said.
McDonald's headquarters said that Siegfried's actions were not a representation of company beliefs. Siegfried issued an apology via a statement made by a spokesman, the New York Times said.

Mummified Body Found in Woman's Car

A mummified body of a homeless woman was found Thursday inside a California woman's car that had been there anywhere from three to 10 months.
The Costa Mesa owner of the car had been driving around with a decomposing homeless woman's body in her passenger seat for anywhere from three to 10 months, CBS News said.
The body was discovered after police responded to a complaint about a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis blocking a driveway and smelled a strong odor. The body was covered in jackets and clothing and had a box of baking soda sitting nearby, the Daily Pilot said.
The owner of the car had been letting the homeless 50 or 60-year-old woman sleep in her car and had last seen her alive in December of 2009, the Daily Pilot said.
No arrests have been made but police are considering charging the car owner with not reporting a death and moving a body, the Daily Pilot said.
The car owner said she was scared to report the death to police, CBS News said.

North Carolina Girl Missing

A North Carolina girl was reported missing Saturday by her father and stepmother but law enforcement believes she may be dead.
Zahra Baker, 10, was reported missing by her father, Adam Baker, over 12 hours after he said she had last been seen by her stepmother Elisa Baker sleeping in her bed, CBS News said.
The house the family recently moved into, the nearby woods, and Adam Baker's employer's property were searched in efforts to find Zahra Baker's body, ABC News said.
Elisa Baker was charged Monday with obstruction of justice for faking a ransom note. She is being held on a $40,000 bail for various charges in a North Carolina jail and is a person of special interest in the investigation, CBS News said.
Adam Baker also remains an unofficial suspect in the case, ABC News said.

School Shooting in California

Two young girls were injured in a school shooting Friday by a man who fired several shots at a Carlsbad, California elementary school.
The gunman stood on the sidewalk next to the playground and fired several shots into a group of elementary school kids, the Los Angeles Times said.
The man was quickly tackled by nearby construction workers who restrained him until authorities arrived, USA Today said.
The two girls' injuries were not life-threatening and the Los Angeles Times said the gunman's shots grazed the two girls' arms.
Witnesses said the man seemed to be carrying a gas tank, USA Today said.

Rutgers University Holds Vigil

New Jersey's Rutgers University held a vigil Sunday night in remembrance of a freshmen student who recently killed himself.
Tyler Clementi committed suicide recently by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and another student broadcasted a live-stream webcam video of him on the Internet sharing a sexual encounter with another male, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The campus held the candlelight vigil to honor Clementi and reflect on the events that led up to his death, the New York Times said.
The campus also held a moment of silence during its homecoming football game Saturday in honor of Clementi, the Los Angeles Times said.
The students responsible for the broadcast, roommate Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, face the possibility of a five year prison sentence after being charged with invasion of privacy, the Los Angeles Times said.

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