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March 2013 Archives

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg face a tax bill of approximatly $1.1 billion for 2012, Investors Place reported.

Zuckerberg, currently valued at $13 billion, was placed in the billionaires list after Facebook went public last year, Investors Place reported.

His Facebook public offering exercised a stock option with price set at 6 cents each, and he purchased 60 million shares on the first day, CNN Money reported.

The IRS will treat Facebook shares including the unsold amounts same as ordinary income at the time the options are exercised as a form of compensation, CNN Money reported.

Combining Zuckerberg's 35% 2012 federal tax rate with 13.3% that of California, the total tax rate is 48.3%, almost half of his income.

According to CNN Money, Zuckerberg sold 30.2 million Facebook shares during Facebook's IPO, taking in $1.135 billion to put toward his tax bill payment.

A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment on Zuckerberg's taxes, CNN Money reported.

Health officials notified patients, who went to a dental clinic in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday to seek medical screening for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the New York Times reported.

Dr. W. Scott Harrington, who received his state dentistry license in 1974, violated health and safety regulations in his clinic, the New York Times reported.

Health officials sent letters to 7,000 known patients to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which are viruses not used in occupational settings,

Harrington was a "menace to the public health by reasons of practicing dentistry in an unsafe or unsanitary manner," according to Oklahoma Dentistry Board's 17-count complaint against him Thursday, Star Tribune reported.

"The CDC has determined that rusted instruments are porous and cannot be properly sterilized," the board said, Star Tribune reported.

Durning the initial inspection, the office was found generating serious sterilization issues and a open drug cabinet, the New York Times reported.

Harrington's office has "high population of known infectious disease carrier patients," instruments last tested 6 years ago and a drug vial found expired in 1993, according to the board complaint, Star Tribune reported.

Harrington's license could be permanently revoked after his hearing on April 19.

The Tulsa Health Department will offer free testing at a local clinic on Saturday and Monday, the New York Times reported.

Schaffhausen changed his mind to plead guilty

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Aaron Schaffhausen's attorney refused to reach a plea agreement Wednesday in the first trial phase, KARE 11 reported.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, was on a charge of homicide July 10 for killing his three daughters, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, with a sharp object in River Falls, KARE 11 reported.

He plead not guilty in January by the reason of mental disease or defect, and this claim will be addressed in court on Thursday, Pioneer Press reported.

Another hearing will be held Thursday, St. Croix County Circuit Judge Howard Cameron said, KARE 11 reported.

Defense attorney John Kucinksi argued to exclude evidence from the second phase because "At the time of the crimes, was Aaron suffering from a mental illness and because of that mental illness he lacked substantial capacity to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law," Pioneer Press reported.

The second phase of the trial will be left to defenders and a 10 out of 12 jury votes to decide whether Schaffhausen is responsible for the crimes, Pioneer Press reported.

St. Paul Mayor pushes City development

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman urged equal investments on the transit development east of the Mississippi River and the refurbishment of vacant buildings in downtown St. Paul during his State of the City address Monday, Pioneer Press reported.

Coleman was committed to focus on connecting of trails, the second T, as a important transportation infrastructure, to make St. Paul not only a residential city but a tourism destination, as well as providing easier business investment opportunities, he said during his 2013 State of the City speech.

St. Paul Macy's had closed and moved out of downtown St. Paul last month, and the mayor hope to create more opportunities in the core of downtown St. Paul, according to MPR News.

"Technological excellence is no longer a choice; it is a necessity," Coleman said. "In this digital age, we must meet residents where they are -- and they're on their smartphones."

Coleman promised to simplify permit process for investments into businesses and construct St. Paul to be the "most livable city in America," 5 ABC News reported.

Knox wait for Italy court decision

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Amanda Knox is waiting Monday of Italy's top criminal court hearing, for the murder of her roommate in 2007,her lawyer said, USA Today reported.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend, were arrested and convicted in 2007, USA Today.

British student Meredith Kercher, 21, was found throat slashed in her bedroom November 2007 that she shared with Knox in a Italy University town Perugia, ABC News reported.

Italy's top Court of Cassation will announce Tuesday if Knox's acquittals is confirmed and welcome their third trial, ABC News reported.

After 4 years in prison, Knox is back in Seattle currently a student at the University of Washington, and Sollecito continued with his computer science studies, ABC News reported.

French Troops ready to withdraw Mali

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While France decided to withdraw its troops in April, Western and African officials were concerned with African troops' resources and ability to fight against Al Qaeda on its own, the New York Times reported.

French President Francois Hollande said their campaign in Mali, which began January 11, is in its "ultimate phase," Voice of America News reported.

Hollande will reveal their troops' success, such as the killing of certain "terrorist leaders," on Wednesday, Voice of America News reported.

The Islamic militants of northeastern Mali is the major threat in Africa, and the Jihadist groups has provoked several attacks against France and any allies African countries, Voice of America News reported.

"If the French do withdraw most of their 4,000 troops, you're going to have a relatively weak African force, poorly trained, heading right into the rainy season without the strength of the French forces, facing militants who have gone to ground or gone to the mountains or wherever now, crawling back out and potentially launching asymmetric attacks all throughout the rainy season that could turn the African forces into little more than defending isolated garrisons," J. Peter Pham, a Sahel security experts, said.

The duty of keeping Mali in peace will be left for African troops to maintain, and they are likely to operate under a United Nations mandate, the New York Times reported.

Search for a St. Paul woman continues in Maplewood

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The search for a St. Paul woman continued Sunday morning at Keller Lake in Maplewood, Pioneer Press Reported.

There were about 50 volenteers involved in the searching, KARE 11 reported.

Kira Trevino, 30, was missing after her last appearance on Feb. 21, and investigators determined she could be dead, Pioneer Press reported.

Jeffery Trevino, 39, reported his wife missing Feb. 24, Pioneer Press reported.

The St. Paul Police Department received a reliable source from a private Facebook page that said one of the tipsters' client saw two men near the lake carrying a rug like object between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. the night of Kira's desaparece, KARE 11 reported.

Police found trace of blood at Kira's home along with leach-stained towels, bleach spray and bood stain on the wheel of a carpet cleaner.

Kira's husband is currently being held in the Ramsey County Jail and charged second degree murder by Ramsey County prosecutors on Feb. 26 for the death of his wife.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed that the blood found in the house matched that of missing Kira Trevino's, KARE 11 reported.

Trevino's body has not yet been located.

Ohio high school football players found guilty Sunday in Steubenville rape case, CNN reported.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a intoxicated 16-year-old West Virginia girl at parties last Aug. 11, New York Daily News reported.

Special Judge Thomas Lipps pronounced two teens "are hereby adjudicated delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged."

Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year in juvenile facility, and Mays was sentenced for a minimun of two years, CNN reported.

On the night of last Aug. 11, the girl went to several parties, which involves alcohol, with May and Richmond, New York Daily News reported.

According to the witness testimony, she was more intoxicated as the night went on and vomited several times.

A photo and video was posted on YouTube where the unconscious and intoxicated victim was shown being carried by her wrists and ankles, New York Daily News reported.

Three teens, who was granted immunity from prosecution, testified on Friday that they saw Mays and Richmond engage in sexual contact with the girl, CNN reported.

Both teen could face registry as sex offenders, and their status will be determined after they serve their sentences, New York Daily News reported.

Steubenville officials refused the claims that police have attempted to protect the football program because of its town's bad economy, New York Daily News reported.

"This case isn't about social media. ... It is about a 16-year-old girl who was taken advantage, toyed with and humiliated. And it's for [the defendants] to pay for what they did," Special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter said in her closing arguments Saturday.

Pope Francis, the first in Americas

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Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the 266th pope Wednesday at Vatican City, Washington Post reported.

Francis is the third non-Italian pope after the Polish John Paul II and the German Benedict, transforming the Italian dominance papasy, Washington Post reported.

Francis chose his name that was never used in the past church history, and he claimed the new name represents a new start for his faith, signaling to a Vatican analysts, Washington Post reported.

The name Francis means "he is here to serve," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, Washington Post reported.

Many people believed Francis will draw close attentions to the poor from his "enormous pastoral experience" with a humble suffering, Guillermo Marco, Bergoglio's former spokesman, told Argentina's TN television station, USA Today reported.

"He will certainly be the pope who is closest to the people of Latin America. He knows the problems of Latin America very well," Bishop Eugenio Lira, secretary-general of the Mexican Conference of Bishops said.

Francis will be placed officially as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church in a Mass on Tuesday, Washington Post reported.

Apple Vally husband charged with wife's death

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An Apple Vally man was arrested Friday for murdering his pregnant wife, Pioneer Press reported.

Roger Holland, 36, called the police Thursday to say he found his wife unconscious in their apartment on 157th Street West, according to the criminal complaint, Pioneer Press reported.

Margorie Holland, 37, and her unborn child was pronounced dead in the hospital a hour and a half later, Pioneer Press reported.

An autopsy showed that strangulation caused Margorie Holland's broken cartilage rather than a fall down the stairs, MPR News reported.

A grand jury will convene soon and Roger Holland will be charged with first-degree murder if the act was proven to be premeditated, Attorney James Backstrom said.

Police found a text from Margorie Holland saying she planned to divorce Roger Holland, MPR News reported.

Officials found out Margorie Holland's husband allegedly searched, "if you pass out and fall down a flight of stairs can you break your neck." on the web the night before her death, Pioneer Press reported.

Roger Holland has no criminal record or history of abuse, Defense attorney Marsh Halberg said.

In the deleted text messages, Roger Holland had numerous arguments over finance and trust issues with his wife, Pioneer Press reported.

Roger Holland was arrested Friday and held in the Dakota County Jail with a bail set at $1 million, MPR News reported.

Analysis: speeches/meeting

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Analysis: President Obama's speech at NN Shipbuilding
By Anna Lin

President Barack Obama delivered his speech about sequester on Feb. 26, 2013 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

ABC News reported on president's sequestration speech and the article was well crafted.

The reporter followed the classic structure, where everything was backed up by quotes, for speech reporting. First, the reporter introduced some key elements, which were the harm of sequester and the "meat-cleaver" approach, in President Obama's speech. The reporter included many quotes followed by crowd reactions and explanations of its references. He then inserted some background information of Republican leaders opposing Obama's stand on the automatic cuts issue backed up by quotes to get the other side of the story. Moreover, the reporter included a quote from interviewing shipbuilders.

The reporter helped readers to understand the importance of this speech by tightly connecting the facts and explanations with strong quotes to back up his illustration. Aside from reporter's understanding of President Obama's speech, he wrote about the conflict between Republican and Democrats and audiences' reactions to further relate the readers to the importance of the speech. Also, the reporter provided information tied to sequestration for readers to interpret the speech themselves and develop their own point of view.

Bill Clinton spoke overturning DOMA he signed

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Former President Bill Clinton called on the Supreme Court Thursday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, he signed in 1996 that banned the recognition of same-sex marriage, the New York Times reported.

"As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," Clinton said.

DOMA should be overturned because the law itself is a form of discrimination toward same-sex couples, Clinton said, the Washington Post reported.

Clinton said he signed DOMA in 1996 to avoid worse same-sex couples had to face, Huffington Post reported.

Clinton joined with the Obama administration to urge the Supreme Court to overrun DOMA, the New York Times reported.

Minn. officials warn taxpayers not to use TurboTax

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Minnesota Department of Revenue warned taxpayers to avoid using popular tax return programs from company Intuit Friday, KARE 11 reported.

Intuit software company discovered defects of their products include TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online and ProSeries to cause inaccuracy and delayed refunds process, officials said, KARE 11 reported.

"The Department of Revenue is not affiliated with Intuit and we find these errors unacceptable. We expect Intuit to correct these problems immediately. If they fail to do so, the department will stop processing returns filed using Intuit," according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue's news release.

The department of revenue urges people who are not using Intuit to file their taxes with other software products, and those who are using programs like TurboTax to wait on their filing process until Intuit fix their problems, Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota Department of Revenue planned a conference call Friday at 5 p.m. over the issue of Intuit products, KARE 11 reported.

Bin Laden's son-in-law pleads not guilty

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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 47, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, pleaded not guilty of collaborating with Al Qaeda group in federal court Friday in New York, the New York Times reported.

Abu Ghaith was arrested by federal authorities on Feb. 28 in Jordan and gave 22-page statements, officials said, the New York Times reported.

Abu Ghaith was the recruiter for bin Laden's terror training camps in Afghanistan and later became Al Qaeda's official spokesman after 9/11 attack, according to the indictment, CNN reported.

Abu Ghaith was in a video sitting next to bin Laden after the 9/11 attack that promotes violence against "the Jews, the Christians and America," CNN reported.

U.S. authorities have charged Abu Ghaith of persuading people to devote to bin Laden and participated in the conspiracy of terrorist attacks against United States, CNN reported.

"Among other things, Abu Ghaith urged others to swear allegiance to Bin Laden, spoke on behalf of and in support of Al Qaeda's mission, and warned that attacks similar to those of Sept. 11, 2001, would continue," according to the indictment, the New York Times reported.

Trial data are currently unavailable, and the prosecutors are reviewing classified evidences to use in Abu Ghaith's case in civilian court.

A man suspected of videotaping naked boys at YMCA

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A Coon Rapids man was arrested Saturday for taking videos of young males changing in the locker room at the Andover YMCA, KARE 11 reported.

Robert Dennis Minor, 53, was arrested Saturday and held in Anoka County Jail for the possession of child pornography and the violation of minor privacy, Pioneer Press reported.

A boy, 12, told his parents a man hanged a watch in the locker room while he was changing on February 24, and the staffs and law enforcement identified the suspect through video surveillance, Anoka County Sheriff's spokesman Paul Sommer said.

The investigator found the watch like video camera and obtained a search warrant for the access of Minor's computer, and they found at least 25 video footages of boys changing in the locker rooms, Pioneer Press reported.

A YMCA offiical released a statement Monday saying they are taking this case seriously, KARE 11 reported.

The prosecutors are preparing possible charges against Minor, Pioneer Press reported.

Samsung's new smartphone features "eye scroll"

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Samsung Galaxy S IV will be introduced in March, and it has a feature of "eye scrolling" that involves strong software focus, the New York Times reported.

In February, Samsung filed a trademark called "Samsung Eye Scroll" in the United States, and described its feature of "sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers."

According to a Samsung employee, there will be a software that scans readers' eyes to scroll up or down when browsing pages, the New York Times reported.

Samsung posted a "teaser ad" on Monday advertising their Galaxy S4/IV and will have a big media conference on March 14, the Washington Post reported.

The screen was expected to be bigger than the current 4.8-inch display and may actually include Samsung's eight-core Exynos processor, CNET reported Monday, according to the Washington Post.

Analysis: Multimedia

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Analysis: Multimedia
By Anna Lin

The story presentation by the Washington Post and USA Today are distinctly different from each other with their feature multimedia elements.

Both news organizations incorporated the basic multimedia elements which includes text, photo, audio, video and graphics.

The Washington Post features hyperlinks in the articles allows interested readers to get additional information, including a link under the writer's name to the other articles written by him/her. It features sidebar that combines most popular or similar post & headlines, photo galleries and videos on the right side of the page. Also, the Washington Post showed commentary below each article.

On the other hand, USA Today involved a large amount of visual elements in their web articles. First of all, narrated slideshow is one of their major multimedia features as well as a story highlight on the left side of each article. USA Today news stories hid the commentary space and export options in the sidebar instead of on the bottom of the article like the Washington Post.

Both news organizations' multimedia element complement news stories by helping readers to visualize the news event, mostly common in breakings news, and keep the readers interested with multiple features presented.

Breaking news highly involved multimedia options because it is the most effective format for online communication compare to traditional presentation. Accompanied by multimedia features, news could be easier understood.

A boy, arrested for the murder of his girlfriend

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A boy, 17, was arrested Friday as the murder suspect for stabbing a 16-year-olds girl to death at Maplewood last week, KARE 11 reported.

The boy was arrested and taken into custody Friday at a Maplewood residence, and he was on suspicion of second-degree murder at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, Pioneer Press reported.

Patrick Hurd, the victim's father, identified the boy arrested as his daughter's boyfriend who she had been dating for nine months, Pioneer Press reported.

Anna Hurd, the victim, was likely killed by her acquaintance, Maplewood Police Chief Dave Kvam said on Friday, KARE 11 reported.

The teen might be "pushed over the edge" because Anna Hurd was thinking about living with her mother in Taxes, and was talking to a boy there, victim's father Patrick Hurd said.

Anna Hurd's body was found early Feb. 23 in Hillside Park, after 911 received a call claiming a girl needed medical attention, Pioneer Press reported.

The teen could be charged no later than Tuesday, KARE 11 reported.

Dennis Rodman, former N.B.A. star who won 5 NBA championships, met and bonded with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un Thursday, the New York Times reported.

Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday to join the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and play with the North Korean "Dream Team," CNN reported.

Kim Jong Un watched a basketball game with Rodman in Pyongyang when the ex-basketball player said he was Kim's "friend for life", CNN reported Thursday.

When Rodman won his third championships, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a basketball fan and favored Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, Washington Times reported.

Rodman's mission was to visite the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, former memorial palace, on Thursday, according to KCNA, CNN reported.

Rodman said Kim told him he does not want to raise a war and want only a phone call from President Barack Obama, after Rodman got back to United States, Star Tribune reported.

Rodman plans to go back to North Korea and further explore the country, Star Tribune reported.

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