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Donald Trump Earns Support for Presidential Nomination

Donald Trump is tied for first place in a Gallup poll of preferences for the Republican party's 2012 presidential nomination.

Trump is tied at 16 percent with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the Huffington Post reported.

The poll shows that Trump has less support from Democrats, though. A Gallup employee said Trump leads because he is more well known, but expects the support for the TV mogul to die down, USA Today reported.

Trump said he will announce in June whether he will run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

Teen Survives Fall From Golden Gate Bridge

A teenage girl survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Sunday, making her only the second teenager to live after falling from the bridge.

It is not known whether the 16-year-old jumped or fell from the bridge, ABC News reported.

The Coast Guard pulled the conscious girl from the water and onto the shore and the San Francisco Fire Department took her to Marin General Hospital where she is recovering.

About 25 people die every year from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, BBC News reported.

Obama to Speak on Budget Cuts

President Barack Obama will announce his budget plan today in a speech at the George Washington University Wednesday afternoon.

He plans to reduce the national deficit by $4 trillion in the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Republicans and the tea party movement are pushing for cuts in federal spending, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Obama will introduce four key plans in his speech: keep domestic spending low, cut the defense budget, reduce extra healthcare spending without sacrificing Medicare and Medicaid, and reform the tax code, according to a White House official.

Southwest Cancels More Flights

Southwest Airlines said it will cancel about 70 more flights on Monday to inspect the safety of its aircrafts.

The inspections came after a a five-foot hole ripped in the roof of one of its planes on Friday on a flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, the New York Times reported.

The plane made an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The hole came from small cracks around rivet holes in the aircraft, according to inspectors.

Over the weekend, Southwest cancelled about 600 more flights for inspections and found three more planes with similar cracks.

Obama Delivers Speech on War in Libya

President Barack Obama defended his decision to intervene in Libya in an address at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday.

Getting involved in another war was necessary to prevent the killing of many innocent citizens, Obama declared in his speech.

Obama said NATO would take over the operation in Libya on Wednesday, the Mercury News reported.

Republican Tim Pawlenty called Obama's speech "belated and timid", CBS News reported.

Spring Snowstorm Hits Northeast and Midwest

Just as northerners thought spring was here to stay, mother nature dumped an average of a foot of snow Tuesday night from the Dakotas to upstate New York.

Up to 6 inches of snow fell in New York and is not expected to stop until Thursday, MSNBC reported.

The northern Midwest region was hit hard. South Dakota saw up to 10 inches of snow along with Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nebraska and Iowa were hit with golf-ball-sized hail.

Wisconsin is expected to see up to four more inches of snow through Wednesday, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.

Illinois Bans Death Penalty

Illinois banned capital punishment Wednesday to avoid any irreversible wrongful convictions or discriminatory treatment.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the abolition bill that the state legislature passed in January, making Illinois the 16th state to ban the death penalty, the New York Times reported.

Quinn supported the death penalty in the past, but worried about flaws in the system that could lead to the execution of an innocent victim, ABC News reported.

Sentences for prisoners currently on death row will be changed to life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Barack Obama Will Compromise with Unhappy Governors

President Barack Obama compromised with unhappy governors Monday by offering states the ability to design their own health care plans under specific guidelines.

Almost half of the states want to overturn Obama's health care bill, the Affordable Care Act. The president said he will listen to governors' plans and, if satisfactory, he will compromise and use their ideas.

Obama moved the deadline of the new plan submissions up three years to 2014. Plans must be at least as comprehensive, as affordable, and provide coverage for as many people as Obama's original bill would have, CNN reported.

Obama criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by saying he disapproved of balancing budgets by stripping unions of their rights and curbing employee's budgets, ABC News reported.

Rahm Emanuel Elected Mayor of Chicago

Chicago elected Rahm Emanuel, former Obama White House chief of staff, as mayor on Tuesday.

Emanuel won even after a court challenged that he did not meet Chicago's one-year residency requirement.

Emanuel won by 55 percent, so he will avoid the runoff in April, the Washington Post reported.

Chicago will have it's first Jewish mayor in Emanuel, who will replace Richard M. Daley, New York Magazine reported.

Clothing Prices to Rise 10 Percent in 2011

As the price of cotton continues to increase, shoppers will see clothing prices rise as much as 10 percent in 2011.

The price of cotton has doubled in the past year which explains the different fabric blends in clothing to cut costs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The high demand for synthetic fabrics, though, caused prices to rise 50 percent, the Star Tribune said.

Shoppers can expect to see more synthetic fabrics and less embellishment and color choices in clothes, Newsroom America reported.

Brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Steve Madden and North Face, along with almost all others, expect to see inflated prices.

Cotton prices began to escalate in August 2010 when bad weather stunted cotton harvests internationally.

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