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Three found dead in St. Paul suburb

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Authorities confirmed that three were found dead in their home on Sunday morning in Zimmerman, news sources reported.

Deputies arrived at the home at at 13309 5th Ave S. after a call from a family member of those dead, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition to the deputies, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist in the investigation, though investigators told Fox 9 news they are not seeking any suspects right now.

Police chase ends in fiery crash, arrest

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St. Paul police arrested a man Sunday morning after a car chase that ended in a fiery crash, news sources reported.

The incident began when police tried to stop a Hyundai Elantra on Minnesota 36 near Victoria Street. The driver took the Dale Street exit and continued for about three miles before broadsiding an SUV, the Pioneer Press said.

The SUV immediately burst into flames upon impact with the Elantra, trapping both drivers in their cars until rescue crews could pull them out, ABC news reported. Both are being treated for substantial injuries at a St. Paul hospital.

The driver of the Elantra, 33-year-old Florencio Cordero, could face two felonies concerning criminal vehicular injury and fleeing from police resulting in bodily injury if he is charged, news sources said.

Ohio SUV crash kills six teens


Six people were killed Sunday morning when a sports utility vehicle crashed into a guardrail, flipped over and fell into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, news sources said.

The Honda Passport was speeding when it veered to the left of the road and crashed, the CBS News reported. There was a total of eight teenagers inside the car.

Investigators said the car sunk into the swamp with five people trapped in the car, all of whom died, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A sixth was found under the car when it was taken out of the water. The two survivors called 911 after they escaped the car.

A makeshift memorial was erected around the crash site for the families and friends of the victims, news sources said.

Victims of illegal club shooting identified

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the two men killed in an illegal after-hours party Friday night, news sources reported.

Demetrius Harper, 32-year-old resident of Minneapolis, and Erick Felton, 23-year-old resident of Harrisburg, Penn., died on Friday from multiple gunshot wounds in a commercial building on the 3800 block of Fremont Avenue North, according to CBS news.

The city told CBS news that the building had been deemed illegal by zoning inspectors last November. The man listed as the owner of the building, a Minneapolis man named Maurice L. Harrison, was previously busted in 2011 for another party in a commercial space that turned up drugs, guns and alcohol, the Star Tribune reported.

Harrison was held overnight Friday on a gun charge, and will most likely face charges in the future, news sources said.

Venezuelan presidential election to include opposition leader

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Henrique Capriles Radonski, Venezuelan opposition leader, announced on Sunday his candidacy in the Venezuelan presidential elections set for April 14, news sources reported.

Capriles also denounced Friday's inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's televised address, stating Maduro's inauguration was a "constitutional fraud," Voice of America said.

Capriles also claimed Maduro and the government of lying about the health conditions of Hugo Chavez, former Venezuelan President who died Tuesday after a two year battle with cancer, in order to benefit politically, according to USA Today.

Capriles lost to Chavez in last October's presidential race, and analysts do not believe he has much chance in this election, USA Today said.

Queen Elizabeth II hospitalized

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Queen Elizabeth II was hosptialized on Sunday as a precaution against her stomach bug, according to Medical News Today.

The 86-year-old monarch was taken to a London hospital after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis so doctors could better assess her condition, CNN reported. A palace spokesman told CNN she was "otherwise in good spirits and good health."

Though she is in "good spirits, the queen will have to postpone her plans for the week, which included a Rome, Italy, and will remain in the hospital for another two days, news sources reported.

Florida home over sinkhole demolished

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Demolition crews razed a Florida home on Sunday after a man died when he fell into the sinkhole under the home, news sources reported.

Jeffrey Bush, 37, fell into a hole that opened in his bedroom floor Thursday night, and his brother, Jeremy, was unable to pull him out, Tampa Bay Online said. As a result, the home was torn down Sunday morning to avoid any more deaths from the sinkhole.

Jeremy Bush lived in the house with his girlfriend, Rachel Wicker, and their two-year-old daughter, with whim he spent the day praying and collecting as many items from the house as they could, according to Fox News. Neighbors joined them on the lawn to lend support as the house was torn down.

Karachi blast kills at least 45

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An explosion tore through a crowd of Shiites in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people, according to the New York Times.

The blast came from what police said was a car bomb, and the explosion had wounded at least 149 people after the fire spread to nearby homes and shops, news sources reported.

The blast hit Shiite worshipers as they offered Maghribain prayers at an Imambargah in Abbas Town, the International News said. The most suspected group for the crime is the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group, though no suspicions have been confirmed, news sources reported.

Hearings begin on potential Xcel rate hike

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Xcel Energy customers from the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota will be able to share their opinons on Xcel's proposed rate hike of $285 million, news sources reported.

The Public Utilities Commission uses the hearings as a part of its months-long review process for approving rate increases, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The PUC has granted a nine percent increase since the original 10.7 percent increase request Xcel made in November.

The PUC is expected to make their decision on the rate increase in September, and the hearings begin Monday in the Brooklyn Center, Kare 11 news said.

Gay bullying reduced in Anoka-Hennepin after lawsuit

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Anti-bullying measures are taking hold in the Anoka-Hennepin School District after last year's lawsuit settlement for its failure to protect gay and lesbian students, news sources reported.

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the district after receiving a call from Ann Lindsey, a Jackson Middle School teacher, saying the environment for the LGBT students in the district was "toxic", according to Kare 11.

In the year prior to Lindsey's call, seven students affiliated with the district committed suicide, four of whom Lindsey said identified themselves as gay, which is one reason Lindsey said she felt something had to be done, the Pioneer Press said.

The district was required to impliment several measures to protect their LGBT students, and students said the atmosphere has improved in the year since the lawsuit was settled, but that the district still has a ways to go, news sources said.

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