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An 8th grader is suing a Pennsylvania private residential school for discrimination after being denied admission because he has HIV.
The boy is alleging that the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania has violated multiple anti-descrimination laws that protect people who are HIV-positive.
"This young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students, but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear about HIV and AIDS," says Ronda B. Goldfein, an attorney for the boy, according to CNN.
In response to the lawsuit, the school is seeking a federal court review of its decision to deny enrollment to the boy.
Spokes woman for the school, Connie McNamara, told CNN, "We believe we made the right, legal decision under the law."

Cain suspends presidential bid

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Presidential candidate Herman Cain announces in a press conference Saturday that he will be suspending his campaign.
This comes after yet another woman came forward with allegations of extra-marital affairs involving Cain, allegations he continues to call "false and untrue."
"I am not going to be silenced and I will not go away," says Cain, according to CNN, who announced a new website,, that will continue to advocate his platform.
Cain's poll numbers took a sharp drop over the past few weeks as multiple women made accusations against him of unwanted sexual advances, causing him to re-evaluate his run for the presidency.
He says that he will be giving his endorsement to another Republican candidate soon.

Minnesota men's basketball ranks 16th in revenue

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The Gophers men's basketball team finished 16th out of 339 NCAA schools in revenue for the 2009-10 season, generating almost $14 million.
The team made a profit of $8 million for the University after subtracting $5.7 million in expenses.
"I'd say this is pretty consistent with recent years," said Regina Sullivan, Associate Department Director for Basketball, according to the Minnesota Daily. "We've definitely seen an uptick in revenue since Tubby Smith's tenure."
2009-10 national champion Duke University generated the most revenue, at $26.5 million.
The Big Ten had six of the top-16 money-makers in the country. Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Indiana all out-earned the Gophers.
The Gophers ranked 24th in attendance, with an average of13,241 fans.
"Our goal has been to always have Williams Arena be filled for our games," Sullivan said. "We've been able to do that for many years, and we're working our way back to getting close to that goal for this coming year."

Police officers made several arrests at multiple Occupy Wall Street protest sites in cities across the country.
In Portland, Ore., police in riot gear confronted protester for hours, trying to get people to move off the street and onto the sidewalk. According to Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson, more than a dozen people were arrested.
"All of us are working really hard at keeping the peace and protecting freedom of expression," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams, according to CNN. "I support a lot of what this encampment stands for. (But) it shouldn't be focused on port-a-potties and tents and encampment attracting criminal elements. I think this movement needs to evolve."
According to Adams, "a series of drug overdoses, an arsonist that used the camp as camouflage, and almost a 20% increase in crime surrounding the encampment" is what prompted the police action.
A video from the confrontation shows about 7,000 protesters on downtown streets.
In Salt Lake City, 19 people were arrested as police tried to clear an encampment near a downtown park, and 17 people were arrested in Denver when police in riot gear cleared tents and furniture away from the city's civic center.

Boxing great Joe Frazier in hospice with cancer

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Boxing legend Joe Frazier, known for his bouts with Muhammed Ali, is in a Philadelphia hospice facility with liver cancer.
According to his personal and business manager Leslie Wolff, Frazier, 67, was diagnosed four or five weeks ago.
"He's a true gentleman," Wolff said, according to CNN. "Along with Muhammed Ali, (he is) one of the two most recognizable athletes in the world."
"Smokin' Joe" Frazier is the son of a South Carolina sharecropper. He retired from his boxing career with a record of 32-4-1.
His three fights against Muhammed Ali, most notably the "Thrilla in Manilla," are what solidified his place in boxing history.

CBS commentator Andy Rooney dies at 92

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CBS commentator Andy Rooney, best known for his segments on "60 Minutes", died Friday in New York. He was 92.
He was hospitalized with complications from a minor surgery last month.
"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes', according to CNN. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. We will miss him very much."
Rooney spend almost 60 years with CBS after starting his journalism career as a writer in the Army.
Some of his commentaries on "60 Minutes" were controversial, sometimes even leading to suspensions from CBS.
"His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon," said Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. "Not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe."

'Joe the Plumber' runs for Congress

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Samuel Wurzelbacher, perhaps better known as "Joe the Plumber," announced Tuesday night that he is running for congress in his home state of Ohio.
Wurzelbacher shot to political "stardom" during the 2008 presidential election when he challenged Barack Obama's small-business tax plan at a campaign rally. He was then frequently used as a symbol of the campaign message of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain and his running-mate Sarah Palin.
"Our current system is all about control," Wurzelbacher said, according to CNN. "It needs to be fixed."
Wurzelbacher capitalized on his nationwide recognition, making many media appearances, and writing a book.
Wurzelbach has no prior political experience, but is hoping to unseat Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving female Democrat in the House of Representatives, to represent Ohio's 9th congressional district.
"They keep putting duct tape on [our current system]," Wurzelbacher said. "I'm not the kind of plumber that uses duct tape."

Some Cities Begin Cracking Down on 'Occupy' Protests

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Police enforcement at protests across the country has been increased after weeks of round-the-clock demonstrations.
Tuesday night, Oakland police sprayed tear gas to stop groups of protesters from reentering a City Hall plaza that had been cleared earlier that day. The protests led to more than 100 arrests and left one demonstrator with life-threatening injuries, according to the New York Times.
The crowds participated in many call-and-responce chants. "Now the whole world is watching Oakland," was shouted by many.
Arrests were also made because of stirrings at protests in San Francisco and Atlanta.
The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City inspired many others who are fed up with the nation's current financial situation to take to streets in protests, most of which have been peaceful.

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