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Pipe bomb suspect released from prison

The suspect believed to have put a pipe bomb in a Colorado mall was released from prison, CNN reports.

Surveillance photos of the suspect were released Friday, according to MSN News.

FBI announced a nationwide manhunt for Earl Albert Moore, 65.

Moore served time in a federal prison for a bank robbery.

Officials say he has a significant criminal background.

Pawlenty running for president

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN that he is running for president Tuesday, the Huffington Post reports.

When CNN interviewer Piers Morgan asked Pawlenty if he would run as Donald Trump's VP candidate in a hypothetical situation, Pawlenty responded with his plan to run for president, according to the Star Tribune.

Pawlenty has already formed a presidential exploratory committee, but this is the first time he has directly said he is running for president.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant told the Star Tribune, "He did not make news. He said he's not running for VP. Said that lots of times."

Possible government shutdown

Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans could lead to a partial government shutdown, the Washington Post reported.

Congress and the White House must come to an agreement by midnight on Friday, otherwise the government shutdown will occur, according to CNN.

If the shutdown happens, several government services will be temporarily stopped.

The amount of spending reduction is the main dispute between Republicans and Democrats.

Abortion and women's health issues are some of the main disagreements between the two parties.

Pileup crash kills 2 people

A three-vehicle pileup, involving two semis and a passenger vehicle, killed two women Tuesday morning, authorities said, according to the Star Tribune.

The crash happened on I-90 eastbound in southwestern Minnesota near Luverne, the Pioneer Press reported.

The crash occurred at 6:30 a.m. and eastbound traffic was stopped for most of the morning.

Officials say the roads were in icy condition during the crash.

Eagle ray hits Florida woman on boat

An eagle ray, weighing up to 300 points, slammed into a woman on a boat in the Florida Keys last week, CNN reported.

Jenny Hausch, a tourist from Illinois, was off the coast of Islamorado when the ray landed on her and pinned her down, according to MSN.

Two Florida Fish and Wildlife officers who were passing by in their boat helped get the ray off of Hausch and put it back in the water.

Before the ray flew into the charter boat, Hausch, her husband, and three children were taking photos of a group of eagle rays flying in and out of the water.

Hausch says this incident was the "scariest thing" that's happened to her.

Woman charged in day care fire is back in U.S.

The woman charged in the day care fire that killed four children will be back in Texas within 24 hours, according to authorities, CNN reported.

Jessica Tata, 22, attempted to flee to Nigeria after the deadly Feb. 24 fire, Fox 10 TV reported.

Tata, who had a home day care in Houston, left seven children at home with the stove on while she went to the store, authorities said.

The fire killed four children and injured three.

Tata was taken into custody in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Saturday.

Officials said Tata turned herself in.

18 charged in alleged rape of Texas girl

So far thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested in the case of an alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old Texas girl, according to CNN.

The alleged rape took place in Cleveland, Texas.

Four boys of the Cleveland Independent School District have been charged with aggravated sexual assault, KLTV reported.

The age range of the 18 people charged is between 14 and 27 years old, authorities said.

The adults arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, since it's a first-degree felony in Texas, according to authorities.

Tennessee beats Missouri in meth lab incidents

For the first time since 2003, Missouri is not leading in the number of meth lab incidents, according to the Star Tribune.

Missouri had 1,960 incidents in 2010, while Tennessee 2,082 incidents, which is a 41 percent rise in meth lab busts.

Missouri's number of incidents is up 10 percent since 2009 and up 53 percent since 2007, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer Press reported that Missouri is the leading state in meth lab incidents, however the Star Tribune claims that Tennessee is the top state after figures were released Tuesday.

Four Americans shot in yacht hijacking

Four Americans were held captive and shot in their yacht by Somali hijackers in the Indian Ocean Tuesday, Fox News reported.

The pirates took over the ship on Friday off the coast of Oman, where military ships began to follow the yacht, according to CNN.

Americans Jean and Scott Adam and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle were found dead on the yacht when U.S. officials boarded the ship.

Two pirates were found dead on the yacht and U.S. forces killed two others.

The pirates boarded the yacht, called the Quest, directly from their mother ship, which currently remains free.

Mom and toddler found in trash, killed

A mother and toddler were found dead in a trash can near their Massachusetts home Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

The medical examiner found that they died of blunt-force trauma to the head and brain, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Plymouth District Attorney, Timothy Cruz, said autopsies show that these deaths are homicide.

The woman, 25, was found in a duffel bag with the toddler near her.

No arrests have been made.

New murder discovered in 'Green River Killer' case

Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer," was charged with a 49th murder Monday, CNN reported.

Teenagers exploring a ravine south of Seattle discovered a skull, which turned out to be one of Ridgway's victims, according to CBS News.

Rebecca Marrero, the latest found victim, was a 20-year-old mother and prostitute that went missing in 1982.

Ridgway was already serving 48 life sentences when he confessed to strangling Marrero this week.

The King County prosecutor said he expects Ridgway to plead guilty when he is formally charged on Friday.

Shooting at Ohio fraternity house

A shooting killed one and injured 11 people at a fraternity house at Youngstown State University Sunday, the Pioneer Press reported.

The shooting took place during a party at the fraternity, according to the Star Tribune.

The person who died was Jamail E. Johnson, a 25-year-old student at the university.

Johnson was shot in the head once and several times in the hips and legs.

Six of the injured people were students.

No arrests have been made but there is one suspect, authorities said.

Possible Long Island, New York serial killer

Four women, all prostitutes, were found dead last month in Long Island, New York, according to CNN.

Police uncovered the bodies while searching for a missing person.

The Huffington Post reported that the bodies were dumped along a stretch of highway east of Jones Beach State Park throughout the past 18 months.

The police suspect a serial killer behind these murders since the women were in close proximity and all had advertised themselves as prostitutes on Craigslist, authorities said.

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