9 year-old girl forced to run for 3 hours

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A 9-year-old girl is dead after being punished by her grandmother and stepmother for eating candy.

9-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced to run for three hours without stopping as punishment for lying to her grandmother about eating candy bars, police told Kare 11. The severely dehydrated girl had a seizure and died days later, her death ruled a homicide.

The girl's stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling them that Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive.

Savannah Hardin died Monday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. The autopsy report showed the girl was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level. A state pathologist told the Sun Times her death was ruled a homicide.

Savannah's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, and her mother-in-law Joyce Hardin Garrard were charged with murder in the death of Savannah Hardin.

Boy, 9, to be charged in shooting of girl, 8

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Charges are expected to be filed against a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to his Washington state elementary school that went off and critically hurt a classmate.

At the end of school Wednesday, a bullet went through 8 year-old Amina Kocer Bowman's backpack and into her abdomen. She remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital spokeswoman Leila Gray said.

Under Washington state law children between 8 and 12 years old can face charges if a court determines the child has the ability to understand an act is wrong, prosecutor Todd Dowell told CBS News.

Investigators were trying to determine how the 9-year-old boy got the .45 caliber gun from his mother's house and why he would bring it to school.

"I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake," the boy's father, Jason Cochran, told the Associated Press outside the courtroom.

8 more bodies found aboard doomed cruise ship

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Eight more bodies were found Wednesday on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia and employees are being investigated, Italian officials said.

The victims were discovered at the stern of the ship after search-and-rescue divers accessed the lower decks by blasting holes in the ship's hull. The victims were not immediately identified, officials told ABC News.

The cruise liner struck rocks and turned on its side January 13 off the Italian island of Giglio. Italian officials are still deciding whether to file charges against Concordia captain Francesco Schettino.

Meanwhile, four Concordia officers and three Costa employees are under investigation, prosecutor Francesco Verusio told CNN.

They have not been charged, detained, or arrested. They are being suspected of committing multiple manslaughter, shipwreck, and failing to alert maritime authorities.


Man attacks wife near U of M campus

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A man with a knife attacked a woman Wednesday evening near the University of Minnesota campus, police said.

The suspect did not demand or take any valuables from the young woman. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive, police told the Star Tribune.

The woman told police she was attacked from behind at in the 500 block of Huron Boulevard, between Fulton and Essex Streets on the southeast edge of the Minneapolis campus at 7:30 p.m.

The attacker is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. He was between 5-feet 11 inches and 6-feet 2-inches tall, police told KSTP.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-8477.

Analysis #5: Multimedia

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Looking at Fox News, the site has a specific section entitled "Video." There are a number of featured videos and a Mobile Video subheading as well. Most of these videos will just run one after the other, set up almost like Hulu or another site of the sort. There is generally much less writing or none at all, except maybe a line resembling a lead to give a little background. Many news stories will have pictures with captions and those stories tend to be a little shorter and occasionally reference the picture.

CBS is slightly more discreet about the mobile and radio options available, but they are there if you look hard enough. The "bigger" stories were more likely to have pictures or video involved. The video section of the site was down when I went on but videos would show up elsewhere.

Mobile options are great in this day and age because it seems like everyone has a smart phone or tablet device at hand. Audio seems to be dying, especially with how everything is going HD lately. Audio can still be great, especially for elections and such where you want to hear the intonation in someone's voice.

Video is obviously a good way to round things out as well because it tends to give a lot of good background and it's easier to feel the tone of a particular story. Photos do a nice job of advancing stories, in my opinion. It's nice to put a face to the name in a story or to get a better idea of the setting of a news story.

Bloomington eighth-graders on a field trip in an Eden Prairie conservation area Thursday morning encountered the body of a young man who committed suicide, police said.

A group of 125 students and chaperones were perusing the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie around 10 a.m. when the body was found, police spokesperson Katie Beal told Kare 11.

A smaller group of 30 students from Oak Grove Middle School was walking down a trail when they discovered the deceased male. Police say he died from a gunshot wound to his head.

Police interviewed students and teachers and the field trip was subsequently canceled. Grief counselors were made available to staff and students, school district spokesman Rick Kaufman told the Star Tribune.

"A couple of kids were very distraught by what they saw," he said.

Dairy Queen opening 500th location in China

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Minneapolis-based Dairy Queen is opening its 500th location in China after aggressively expanding the franchise throughout the country in the past year.

China offers a "tremendous opportunity to Dairy Queen" because it has one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world, CEO John Gainor told CBS News.

Dairy Queen plans to open 100 more restaurants in China in the next year. 131 new restaurants were added in 2011, Gainor told the Star Tribune.

Gainor attended the grand opening of the 500th store in Shanghai this week. The store is located in the Hu Dong district.

The first Chinese Dairy Queen opened in Beijing in 1991 and China has become the strongest international growth market for the company since then.

Teen shoots self in the face in cafeteria

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A New Hampshire boy shot himself in the face in a crowded elementary school cafeteria on Friday, officials said.

The boy, 14-year-old Hunter Mack, was hospitalized after shooting himself around 11 a.m. on Friday at Walpole Elementary. The school was locked down for several hours, but no one else was injured, police told Fox News.

Chesire County Attorney Peter Heed told ABC News that Hunter was possibly upset over "relationship issues" with a girl.

"It clearly involved a relationship issue; I think that is fair to say," Heed said.

Nick Phillips, an eighth-grader in class with Hunter, said the 14-year-old had been passing notes during the week saying he was depressed, but it wasn't clear why.

As of Friday afternoon, the 14-year-old was in critical condition at a New Hampshire hospital.

Counselors were parked in the school parking lot on Saturday to talk to students and faculty. School will go on Monday as usual.

Analysis #3: Structure

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The structure of this Kare 11 story was ultimately very effective.

The lead gives just enough information: "shot to death" and "hotel in Minneapolis" are specific yet general at the same time because the number of shots and name of hotel are not included yet.

The story moves into giving the age, name, and location of the victim and included that he was "shot several times." The next bit gives more about the when and where which is very effective. Names should be first and when is less crucial usually. The place could have been brought in with his name as well, but this way was fine.

The next part brings up the arrest. If this had been put any later, it could have been a hindrance to the story because it took so long to get to the "meat" of the story if you will. Luckily the other fact blocks were short and it was just fine.

The rest of the story contains quotes and slightly less pertinent information and then follows into asking if anyone has details about the incident. This story was very effective and followed a nice, readable structure.

NASA cutting missions to Mars

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NASA is planning to propose major cuts in missions to explore other planets, especially Mars, scientists say.

Due to limited money for science and a over-budget new space telescope, the agency had to cut missions to the neighboring planet in favor of exploring elsewhere.

The two proposed missions were joint missions with Europe expected to be in 2016 and 2018. NASA has previously agreed to pay a total of $1.4 billion for the missions, Fox News said.

Some missions to Mars will continue, but the fate of more major flights is unclear, including a plan to bring rocks from the red planet back to Earth.

The percentage cut to planetary missions is in the double digits, scientists told Kare 11. There are no cuts being done to NASA's Earth sciences budget.


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