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Burnsville Subway robbed using lost police Taser

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Three Apple Valley men robbed a Subway restaurant on Jan. 21 in Burnsville using a misplaced Taser that belongs to the Burnsville Police Department, news sources report.

Police say that Jesus Ybarra, Jake Benson, and Shawn Rumble entered the Subway through a back door opened from the restaurant's interior by another suspect, Emily Schuster. Once inside, the men threatened an employee with a Taser and took money from the cash register and two safes, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, Benson acted violently and threateningly toward store managers upon being fired from the same Subway three days prior to the crime.

The Star Tribune reports that a member of the Dakota County Drug Task Force left the Taser used in the robbery at the scene of a drug search of a residence on Dec. 5. Before identifying the weapon at the Subway robbery, Burnsville Police were unaware that the Taser was missing.

The article by the Pioneer Press regarding this crime notes that Police found Ybarra's wallet at the residence searched on Dec. 5, although he does not own the home.

Kerry approved to become next secretary of state

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In a Senate vote of 94-3 in Washington on Tuesday, Senator John Kerry was approved as President Obama's next secretary of state, news sources report.

An article by the New York Times states that Kerry will be replacing former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Speaking about this appointment and the future of U.S. foreign policy, specifically progress in the Middle East, Clinton told the New York Times, "I actually think that this election opens doors, not nails them shut. I know that President Obama, my successor, soon to be Secretary of State John Kerry, will pursue this."

According to the Star Tribune, Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has served as a U.S. senator for five terms. He also served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In this position, Kerry has handled relations with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries in the Middle East. More recently, he has visited Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad to address the nation's civil war.

Fire in Brazilian Nightclub Kills and Injures Hundreds

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A fire that broke out early Sunday at Kiss, a Brazilian nightclub, killed at least 233 people and injured 120 more, according to news sources.
The club was packed to double its maximum capacity of 1,000 when the ceiling caught fire due to the pyrotechnic display that was part of the featured band's act. At the first sign of fire, club-goers ran to the exits in a panic. Many of the victims were trampled in the frenzy, trapped, or inhaled too much smoke, CNN reported.
According to CNN, Kiss' license for operation had expired in August, but its owners say that the club was up to date on all inspections and permits. Authorities in Santa Maria are investigating all potential reasons and suspects linked to the fire.
Many of the dead and injured were students at the Federal University of Santa Maria and were at the club celebrating the end of their summer, reports NBC News.
As reported by NBC News, the university will be closed until Feb. 1 at the earliest as students and faculty deal with this event. Mourning is evident all around Santa Maria, as the city's three cemeteries have been filled with individuals burying their family and friends. A service in the center of the city on Monday was also highly attended by citizens wishing to express their grief.

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