70-year-old St. Paul woman missing

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St. Paul police are asking the public to assist in searching for a 70-year-old woman has been missing since Friday night, Fox 9 News reported.

The woman, Chiamee Her was last seen on Friday at about 5 p.m. in her home at the 100 block of Litchfield Street, Fox 9 News reported.

Police do not suspect foul play but think Her left her home on foot, Fox 9 News reported.

According to Fox 9 News, Her is 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs a little over 100 pounds.

Fox 9 News has asked those with any knowledge of Her's disappearance to call 911.

A group of 30 Army Reserve soldiers have returned home after a year of duty in Afghanistan just in time to spend the holiday season with their families, Fox 9 News reported.

"It's very nice to have my husband home and to be here with the family and be complete," Kris Scharette, a soldier of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion told Fox 9 News. "I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because my kids are there."

Fox 9 News reported that the reservationists spent a year in Afghanistan helping to build schools, bridges, and roads. Many of the 30 soldiers will be returning in the summer.

Amongst those who attended a special ceremony that honored the soldiers was Gov. Mark Dayton, Fox 9 News reported.

"Thank you for a job well done. Thank you for your patriotism," Dayton said.

Powerful winds wreak havoc on the west

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Nearly 200,000 people have been left with no power after the worst windstorm in a decade hit southern California, ABC Newshttp://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/violent-winds-whip-west-15078708?tab=9482931§ion=1206833 reported.

According to ABC News, winds reached 70 mph near Los Angeles and up to 150 mph in Utah and parts of Colorado. Hundreds of homes and buildings have been destroyed.

The Red Cross has opened up shelters providing food and aid to those affected by the windstorm and cleanup crews are working around the clock to fix telephone poles and clear hundred-year-old toppled trees, ABC News Reported.

According to ABC News, there are still high wind warnings and advisories for parts of California and Utah.

Three American students detained in Egypt return home

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Three American students have arrived home this morning after being arrested during the Egyptian protests, ABC News reported.

According to ABC News, the three young men, Derek Sweeny, 19, Luke Gates, 21, and Gregory Porter, 19, were put in jail after being accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at police.

During the violent protests, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, ABC News reported.

Sweeny, a student at Georgetown University called the first night of being arrested the most freighting night of his life and returning home the happiest moment of his life.

"Going to the protest was a decision I would have regretted not making, however, certainly I should have stayed farther away from the more violent scenes," Sweeny told ABC News.

"Existence is beautiful," Sweeny told ABC News on his elation to have returned home safely.

Geezer Bandit Strikes again

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An elderly man, known as the Geezer Bandit, struck again last Friday at a Bank of American branch in downtown San Luis Obispo Calif., ABC News Reported.

According to ABC News, in this last attempt, the bank teller gave the Geezer Bandit a bag of money and a hidden dye pack that exploded has he left.

While rushing away from the bank, the Geezer Bandit also dropped a small address book, which may greatly assist in police investigations, ABC News reported.

According to ABC News, The Geezer Bandit has been on a bank robbing crime spree for the past two years in Southern California and has robbed a total of 16 banks. Most of the robberies have occurred in San Diego County.

The Geezer Bandit is described as 60 to 70 years old and often wears a blue-colored blazer, dark pants, and a baseball cap.

The man's wrinkle-free hands have police wondering whether the Geezer Bandit is actually a younger man or woman in an elaborate disguise, ABC News Reported.

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured after their car was shot at Saturday in North Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Star Tribune, police had been called to the intersection of Plymouth and Washington avenues at 6:20 p.m. in response to a reported car accident.

On arrival, however, they found bullet casings on the ground and two gunshot victims inside the vehicle, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that no arrests have been made, but that the woman remains hospitalized and in critical condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head.

The man killed has been identified by the Hennepin County medical center as Frank Early, 37, of Minneapolis. His death has been ruled a homicide, the Pioneer Press reported.

2 weekend Occupy arrests in Minneapolis

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Two people were arrested Saturday during the weekend Occupy Minneapolis protest against Wall Street and they remain in custody, the Star Tribune reported.

At a foreclosed home being occupied by protesters, one man was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice for refusing to move for police and the other was arrested on charges of burglary and trespassing, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, a video posted on the Occupy Minnesota website shows an officer slowly driving his squad car forward to push the man out of his way.

"I think a police officer using his vehicle on any civilian-unarmed and peaceful-is just wrong," said protester Osha Karow, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that on Sunday, about two dozen protesters returned to the foreclosed home as fire officials were boarding it up. Protesters were peaceful and there were no arrests.


13 killed in fire at transgender gathering in India

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At least 13 people have been killed and more than 40 have been injured in a large fire that broke out at a transgender gathering Sunday in New Delhi, CNN reported.

CNN reports that the fire was possibly caused by an electrical short circuit and that there were thousands of participants packed into a venue at the gathering when the fire broke out.

According to the Indian Express, eyewitnesses said it was around 7 p.m. when they heard a loud noise and saw the roof of the venue's tent on fire. Loud blasts were also heard as LPG cylinders near the cooking area burst.

Another eyewitness also reported that there was only one exit through which to escape and many were trapped inside as the fire spread, the Indian Express reported.

Ten people were killed in Cairo Sunday during violent confrontations between security forces and protesters, said a health ministry spokesman Dr. Adil al-Dawi, CNN reported.

More than 5,000 demonstrators gathered in the capital over the weekend in protest to the slow moving revolution and fear of military dictatorship, Mail Online reported. According to CNN, at least 1,114 people were injured.

Hundreds of Egyptian army and police forces moved into Tahrir Square on Sunday, pushing out thousands of protesters using physical force, tear gas and rubber bullets, CNN reported.

Other protesters retaliated by throwing rocks at the police line and chanting, "You are not legitimate," Mail Online reported.

While the government's Cabinet insisted police did not use live rounds against demonstrators in Cairo, protesters display rubber bullets they said had been fired at them by government forces.

Although most of the violence in the square subsided after dark, confrontations continued to erupt on nearby streets, CNN reported.

Two police officers have been put on administrative leave by the University of California at Davis after a video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters at point-blank range Friday caused outrage amongst school officials, CNN reported.

"I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident," UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement Sunday. "However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again." CNN reported.

According to USA Today, a law enforcement official called the use of force "fairly standard police procedure."

The video shows officers pepper-spraying a line of about a dozen sitting protesters as they flinch and cover their faces but remain peaceful with their arms interlocked. Onlookers yell at the police to stop and chant, "Shame on you." USA Today reported.

Ten protesters were arrested and nine of the students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene. Two were taken to hospitals and later released, USA Today reported.

According to CNN, the police had been trying to clear out a protest encampment affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The University's faculty association blames much of the incident on Katehi and has asked her to resign but Katehi feels she has not violated the policies of he institution and has no plans to resign, USA Today reported.

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