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Bodies Found Believed To Be Iowa Girls

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The two bodies discovered by hunters on Wednesday appear to be those of two missing Iowa girls, NBC News Staff reported.

Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, went missing on July 13 after leaving their grandmother's house in Evansdale, Iowa. The girls' bikes and purse were found around the area of Lake Meyer, which led authorities to scanning the lake with sonar. After nothing was found, the case was classified as an abduction.

Police haven't said whether they have a suspect, but added that another press conference is scheduled for Thursday.

"It's definitely not the outcome that we wanted, obviously," Capt. Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's office said. "This is a difficult thing for us to go through. It's a difficult thing for the community."


MSNBC by NBC News Staff

NFL Player Murders Girlfriend, Commits Suicide

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A Kansas City Chief's player fatally shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself on Saturday, Elizabeth Merrill reported.

Javon Belcher, 25, murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his head coach and general manager. Friends of the couple reported that they had been arguing recently.

According to witnesses, Belcher thanked his coaching staff "for everything they had done for him". He then walked away and shot himself in the head in the facility's parking lot.

The Kansas City Chiefs will play their game on Sunday as scheduled against the Carolina Panthers.


ESPN by Elizabeth Merrill

Hit Game 'Angry Birds' Joins Star Wars

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The wildly popular game "Angry Birds" has developed a Star Wars-themed version for fans, Brandon Griggs reported.

The new addition is the fifth installment to the "Angry Birds" family, which has generated over 1 billion downloads since its 2009 launch. The franchise has spawned from a simple game for phones to a game that can be played on any format.

"Angry Birds Star Wars" will feature 80 different levels and a final showdown with Darth Vader.

"The game follows a plucky group of Rebel birds in their fight against the evil Imperial Pigs," said Rovio Entertainment, the game's producer, in a press release.


CNN by Brandon Griggs

Judge Orders Some Watergate Records Unsealed

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Documents that were sealed in the 1970 Watergate court case were ordered to be released by a Washington judge on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth said in his order that certain information being requested by a Texas history professor should be unsealed. The professor, Luke Nichter of Texas A&M University, stated that the records could help reveal the motivation behind the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters.

The break-in ultimately lead President Nixon to resign from office.

"One of the things about being a historian is you're always filling in gaps in your knowledge," Nichter said. "There "are still so many unanswered questions about Watergate."


Washington Post by Associated Press

P.O.S. Cancels Tour

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Local Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. cancelled his tour on Friday after discovering he requires a kidney transplant, Emily Cutts reported.

P.O.S. relased a YouTube video telling fans that he sincerely regretted cancelling his tour, but his health complications left him no choice. However, he will still play his show at the First Ave venue. The rapper has been on dialysis for the last month. In the video, he said that his kidneys were "garbage"

A website has been set up for donations.


Pioneer Press
by Emily Cutts

Skydiver's 24-mile Jump Sets World Record

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Felix Baumgartner, 43, leapt to Earth from the edge of space on Sunday. During his nine minutes of free fall, Baumgartner managed to break the sound barrier and captivate the world at the same time. This comes after five years of careful preparations. The capsule that transported him reached 128,100 feet and reached a top speed of Mach 1.24, or 833.9 miles per hour.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data," Baumgartner said. "The only thing you want is to come back alive."


Star Tribune by Juan Carlos Llorca and Oskar Garcia

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