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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 News§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.

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.

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.


There are a growing number of babies being born addicted to prescription drugs ingested by mothers abusing the substance during pregnancy, USA Today reported.

According to Bradenton News, one out of every three women who experience an unplanned pregnancy tests positive for prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

Although national statistics on the number of babies who go through withdrawal are not available, scattered reports show that the number of addicted newborns has doubled, tripled or more over the past decade, USA Today reported.

Bradenton News reports that in 2010, the Maine Medical Center in Portland treated 121 babies dependent on prescription drugs, while in 2001 they only treated 18 babies, nursing director at the Family Birth Center, Geri Tamborelli explained.

USA Today reports that according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the number of babies with withdrawal syndrome in Florida went from 325 in 2006 to 1,374 in 2010.

Rita Chamberlain, coordinator for the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition who estimated about 400 babies in the Tampa Bay area were born with prescription drug addiction symptoms, thinks the situation has reached "crisis" proportions, USA Today reported.

Musician Photographer Barry Feinstein dies at 80

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Renowned rock musician photographer Barry Feinstein died Thursday at the age of 80, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Having photographed more than 500 album covers for musicians like Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Janis Joplin, Feinstein is considered one of the premier music scene chroniclers of the 1960s and '70s, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to CBS News , some of Feinstein's most notable works include George Harrison's "All Thing Must Pass" solo album cover and Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" album cover.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Feinstein had photos published in a variety of magazines including Life, Look Esquire, Time, and Newsweek.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Feinstein's success was a result of his interesting compositions and the likable personality traits he possessed that gave him the ability to gain access to the artists he was photographing.

Feinstein is survived by his wife, Judith Jamison, two children, three stepchildren, Erica Marshall and Jasper and Jake Jamison; and three grandchildren, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Three people have been killed, three have been left unaccounted for, and two have been hospitalized after a large explosion Saturday night at a grain elevator in northeastern Kansas, CNN reported.

According to Fox News, the search for the missing men was suspended Sunday while crews waited for more specialized search equipment.

The massive explosion at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator was seen and felt from up to four miles away, Fox News reported.

CNN reported that authorities suspect toxic gases that can be generated by stored grain caused the explosion.

According to Fox News, out of 11 workers loading a train with corn when the explosion occurred, only several escaped injury.

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