Case of killed toddler still unsolved

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It has been four months since Marsh Mayes son was murdered in their North Minneapolis apartment and still no one has been arrested.
Terrell Mayes Jr., 3, hid in a closet with his brothers the day after Christmas when gunfire exploded in their home. One of the bullets went through the wall and hit the toddler in the head, killing him, the Star Tribune reported.
Despite mapping out who could have been the shooters, police are no closer to solving the case, the Star Tribune reported. They solved a similar case in 2002 by using this method.
A 10,285 privately funded reward and a $1,000 Crime Stoppers of Minnesota have been offered for those who reveal the shooters identity, but remains unclaimed, the Star Tribune reported.

U.S. and Afghanistan reach partnership agreement

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The United States and Afghanistan reached a strategic partnership agreement on Sunday after negotiating for months, the New York Times reported.
In the agreement, which was not released publicly, the U.S. pledged to support Afghanistan until 2024, ten years after the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops in the country, according to the New York Times.
The support will be both financial and economical while Afghanistan fights against the Taliban, the Wall Street Journal.
The deal will be official next month when President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai meet at North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Arizona v. United States to be heard Wednesday

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Two years after a controversial immigration law was passed in Arizona on immigration laws, the Supreme Court with rule Wednesday on whether to keep the expansion, the New York Times reported.
The law, called SB 1070, expanded local policies' enforcement rights when it comes to immigrants and allowing "state police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop, and to hold those suspected of being illegal immigrants," the New York Times reported.
The law has cause widespread debate and was even disputed by the Obama Administration, the New York Times reported.
Arizona v. United States will be heard by the Supreme Court Wednesday. The state has already been backed up by Florida, and 13 other states, according to the Miami Herald.
SB 1070 also ins pired other laws in Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah, according to the New York Times.

Blaze kills boy, leaves two others injured

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A young boy was killed and two more were left hurt after a fire that nearly destroyed a house in Northern Minnesota Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.
The 4-year-old's body was found Saturday day in the home, 3 miles north of Stephen, Minn. The two others are currently at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and there as been no word as to their condition, the Pioneer Press reported.
The blaze is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the state fire marshal, the Pioneer Press reported. The house was destroyed by the fire.

Hundreds gathered Saturday in memory of a Congolese refugee who was killed in a freak car accident days earlier, the Pioneer Press reported.
Medard Ebunga Prosper was killed April 15 when his car blew a tire on the Mendota bridge. As he tried to get free of the vehicle, his foot was caught and the car ran him over, the Herald Globe reported.
Prosper,19, migrated to the U.S. about two years before his accident, fleeing the civil war-torn Congo with two of his brothers. Both of his parents and nine siblings were killed before he left, according to the Pioneer Press.
Friends gathered in memory of Prosper at Word of Grace Baptist Church in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Bakdash could face up to 51 years for fatal hit-and-run

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A man convicted after killing a man and injuring two women after running them down in Dinkytown will be sentence Monday, the Pioneer Press reported.
TImothy Bakdash of Roseville was found guilty on nine counts in a hit-and-run that left Benjamin Van Handel. Bakdash attacked the three after drinking heavily on April 15, 2011, the Pioneer Press reported.
Bakdash, 30, could now face up to 51 year depending on how the counted are added up, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Christina Warren said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Bakdash admitted to having smoked marijuana before going to The Library bar in Dinkytown the night he fatally hit Van Handel, a university student just months a way from graduating, Kare11 reported.

Taliban members pulled off what is being called Pakistan's largest jail-break early Sunday morning, freeing hundreds of prisoners and reiterating fears of worsening security conditions in the area nearing Afghanistan, the New York Times reported.
Militants stormed the prison at 1:30 a.m., freeing approximately 400 of 900 inmates, about 30 of whom have previous association with the Taliban, CBS News reported.
The attack appeared to be waged in order to free a militant commander who attempted to assassinate former Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the New York Times reported.
Authorities shut down mobile phone networks in a search effort and arrested 11 prisoners by Sunday evening. Twenty more willingly turned themselves into the prison,said the home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Mohammad Azam Khan, according to the New York Times.
The Taliban is also suspected to be behind attacks in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, just hours before the break out, according to CBS News.

Authorities insist cop killer is not granted parole

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Local authorities have rallied against the possible parole of a cop killer scheduled to be released this month, the CBS Minnesota reported.
Ronald Schneider, was convicted of shooting Robbinsdale police officer John Scanlon as he sat in his patrol car one day in 1985, the Pioneer Press reported. At the time of the shooting Schneider was a robbery suspect who had had no contact with Scanlon, according to CBS Minnesota.
Schneider, now 70, was sentence to life, but given the possibility of parole after 17 years under a law that was changed in 1993, the Pioneer Press reported.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote a letter on April 2 that insisted Schneider not be granted parole, but the Department of Corrections said they cannot disregard the laws at the time of his sentencing, the Pioneer Press reported.
Currently one of five men serving a sentence for killing an officer under the old law, Schneider will appear in front of an appellate court Monday. This will be his second time seeking parole after an attempt 10 years ago, the Pioneer Press reported.

A hotelier was endorsed by Democrats Saturday to be Rep. Michelle Bachmann's opponent for the 6th Congressional District in the fall, the Pioneer Press reported.
Jim Graves won 66 percent of delegate's ballots at Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's convention in Blaine, according to the Pioneer Press.
Graves' luxurious hotels are now run by son his Ben, freeing him up to pursue a career in politics. Though he is the wealthiest Democrat in the endorsement race, Graves does not plan to self-fundraise, Kare11 reported.
The two other hopefuls for the candidacy, May Township business owner Brian McGoldrick and St. Cloud lawyer Anne Nolan, said they would not challenge Graves in the August primary, making him Bachmann's likely opponent, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tornadoes cause destruction and death in Midwest

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Over 100 tornadoes ripped through the midwest throughout Saturday night, leaving residents traumatized, CBS News reported.
In Oklahoma, 29 people were injured and five have been found dead, including three children under the age of ten, ABC News reported.
More fatalities were expected because the storm ripped out a transmitter, leaving residents of Woodward, Okla., without warning as they slept, Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said, according to ABC News.
The twisters, which were accompanied by large hail, downpours and lightning, were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
As they move east throughout Sunday they are weakening, but still threaten Minnesota, Illinois and eastern Iowa, ABC News reported. Forecasters warned dangerous thunderstorms could reach as far east as Michigan, CBS News reported.

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