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London Marathon pays tribute to Boston Marathon

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Athletes and organizers participating in the London Marathon Sunday paid tribute to the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week, news sources report.

The New York Times reports that there were about 35,000 athletes competing in the race, and all stopped for a moment of silence before the race to honor the victims of the Boston bombings. Spectators held American flags and a banner that read "For Boston." Many of the athletes also wore a black ribbon to honor the victims.

According to the New York Times, around 20 people ran in both the Boston and London marathons. The winner of both women's wheelchair races, Tatyana McFadden, said Sunday "was about running for Boston."

CBS News reports that thousands of spectators come to watch the London Marathon each year. As a safety measure, police said they would increase their presence at the race.

According to CBS News, organizers of the race in London planned to donate money to a fund established to help victims of the bombings in Boston.

Boston locked down for manhunt of marathon bomber

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Police placed a lockdown on the Boston area on Friday in order to find the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, news sources report.

NBC News reports that the lockdown included Boston, its suburbs, universities, and transit system. Police are searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

According to NBC News, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who was also a suspect in the bombings, were attempting to flee from the Boston area after the FBI released pictures of them to the public. While fleeing, the men killed a MIT police officer and stole a car.

CNN reports that Tamerlan, 26, was fatally shot by police during a chase. Authorities say he was wearing explosives and a trigger and both brothers were shooting and throwing explosives out of their car window at police.

According to CNN, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is still on the run and considered by authorities to be dangerous. Boston is the nation's fifth-largest metro area and citizens have been urged by authorities to stay inside and lock their doors and windows.

Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Great Britain, died after she had a stroke on Monday, news sources report.

CNN reports that Thatcher, who many referred to as the "Iron Lady", was 87 at the time of her death. She was prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

According to CNN, Thatcher retired from politics in 2002 after she had a stroke. She had several more strokes after that and was hospitalized late last year to have a growth removed from her bladder.

NBC News reports that while Thatcher served as prime minister, Great Britain fought and won a war with Argentina for the Falkland Islands. She also had a working and personal friendship with former U.S. president Ronald Reagan.

According to NBC News, current British Prime Minister David Cameron said on his official Twitter account, "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton."

It was announced Wednesday that Richard Pitino was hired to replace Tubby Smith as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota, news sources report.

The Pioneer Press reports that Pitino, 30, left his position as the men's basketball coach at Florida International in order to take the job with the Gophers. In his first season as head coach at Florida International, he led the team to its first winning season in 13 years.

According to the Pioneer Press, former Gopher men's basketball coach Tubby Smith was fired on March 25. Several coaches turned down the offer to coach for the Gophers before Pitino accepted.

The Star Tribune reports that Pitino grew up around basketball. His father, Rick Pitino, coached for the New York Knicks and Kentucky and now coaches at Louisville. Pitino has been an assistant for his father at Louisville, as well as at Florida, Northeastern, and Duquesne.

Pete Garcia, the athletic director at Florida International, said that even though Pitino is young, he "will be the best up-and-coming coach in America."

Gophers fire Tubby Smith as men's basketball coach

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The University of Minnesota's athletic director Norwood Teague announced Monday that men's basketball coach, Tubby Smith, had been fired, news sources report.

According to the Star Tribune, Teague and other university athletic administrators had been evaluating whether to fire Smith for months. They said that once the season was over, they would quickly put their decision into action.

The Star Tribune reports that Teague thought that Smith and his staff, which was also fired, were inconsistent and did not have a strong recruiting history or reputation. Speaking about what he wants in a men's basketball coach, Teague told the Star Tribune, "Our goal is to secure the best candidate to build a Big Ten and NCAA men's basketball program that is a consistent winner."

The Pioneer Press reports that Smith, 61, coached Kentucky to a national championship in 1998. His contract with the Gophers went through the 2016-17 season, and he received a $2.5 million buyout.

According to the Pioneer Press, possible candidates for the position include Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart and former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders.

Harvard administrators secretly search faculty email

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Administrators at Harvard University secretly searched the email accounts of 16 faculty members last fall in order to find out who leaked information about a cheating scandal to the media, news sources report.

According to an article by CBS News Boston, the faculty members were resident deans on Harvard's Administrative Board. They worked to address the cheating scandal that occurred last spring that involved students cheating on a take-home exam in an undergraduate level government course.

The New York Times reports that Harvard's policy states that although the administration does have the ability to search the email accounts of faculty members as a part of an internal investigation, the faculty members must be notified before or shortly after the search. In this case, administrators did not notify the deans until about six months after the search.

According to the New York Times, Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer and program director at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, said, "This is disgraceful, even more so than the original cheating scandal, because it involves adults who should know better -- really smart, powerful adults, with complete job security."

Lion kills intern at California animal park

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A lion attacked and killed a volunteer intern at an exotic animal park in California on Wednesday, news sources report.

The Washington Post reports that the intern was 24-year-old Dianna Hanson, who had been working at Cat Haven, a private zoo in central California, for two months. Authorities said that the 5-year-old lion likely escaped his cage and broke Hanson's neck with his paw.

According to the Washington Post, authorities are continuing to investigate how exactly the incident happened. However, they think that the lion attacked Hanson while she was cleaning the larger enclosure after he used his paw to escape his partially open cage.

The New York Times reports that Paul Hanson, the woman's father, told the Associated Press that his daughter was "absolutely fearless" and that her position at the animal park was a "dream job." Hanson also added that Dianna had had a strong interest in big cats.

The article by the New York Times states that Cat Haven is a 100-acre park that has been open for 20 years. The lion, which police fatally shot in order to safely reach Hanson in the enclosure, was named Cous Cous and had been raised at the park.

An Idaho man charged with slapping a 19-month-old boy on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Feb. 8 no longer has a job, news sources report.

ABC News reports that according to the toddler's mother, Jessica Bennett, the 60-year-old man, Joe Hundley, leaned over, used a racial slur, and slapped the boy in the face when he started to cry on the flight's descent. Bennett says the slap scratched her son's face and caused him to cry even louder.

According to ABC News, Bennett told local news stations in the Twin Cities that Hundley appeared to be drunk on the plane and he was acting obnoxiously throughout the flight.

A report from NBC News states that Hundley worked for Unitech, an aircraft component manufacturer owned by AGC Aerospace and Defense. A statement from AGC called Hundley's behavior "offensive and disturbing" and said the he was no longer an employee of the company.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign from his position as pope at the end of February, news sources report.

NBC News reports that the pope made his announcement Monday morning at an address at the "Concistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto". Citing his age as his reason for resignation, the 85-year-old will be the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.

According to NBC News, the Vatican will elect a new pope by mid-March. There is no obvious choice for who will replace Pope Benedict XVI, but those in contention include the archbishop of Milan, the archbishop of Vienna, and the Canadian head of the Vatican's office for bishops.

Pope Benedict XVI began his papacy in 2005, reports CNN. During his time as pope, the Catholic Church received a great deal of criticism regarding sex abuse scandals involving priests. In response to this, Benedict issued new church rules regarding sex abuse and the handling of it in 2010.

Rev. Federico Lombardi told CNN that the pope plans to retire to a quiet life of prayer and reflection.

Power outage briefly halts Super Bowl

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A power outage on Sunday at the New Orleans Superdome, the host site of this year's Super Bowl, caused the game to be delayed for about 34 minutes, news outlets report.

According to a report by NBC News, the majority of the lights in the stadium went out shortly into the third quarter. Back-up generators partially lit the field and the concourse of the stadium, but escalators and credit card machines were among the things that briefly stopped working.

In a statement included in the NBC News article, Entergy New Orleans, the energy company for the Superdome, and SMG, the stadium operator, said, "A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue."

CNN reports that many fans and viewers used social media, chiefly Twitter, to express how they felt the momentum of the game changed after the power outage. These feelings stem from the fact that despite being behind the Ravens by 22 points before the lights cut out, the 49ers scored three times in four minutes once the power came back on.

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