This news blog is an educational exercise involving students at the Unviersity of Minnesota. It is not intended to be a source of news.

Large Data Sets

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On's website there was a link to the story titled, "The Hell of American Day Cares."

In the story the author references a number of statistics. For example, there are 8.2 million children that in the day care system in the United States. A majority of these statistics come from surveys released by various institutions, such as the National Institute of Child Health Development. Because of the number of statistics in the story the author had to crunch a variety of numbers in many different ways to make them easy to read for the reader. The author also had to search for the numerous surveys they used in their reporting on the internet.

The author kept the story engaging first by paralleling these statistics to a single mother that has had had her children in day care and a particular incident that changed her life. The author included pictures of the single mother and her children, as well as a video of the news coverage of the incident that happened at the daycare her children were at. Finally, the author included other shots of the incident and block quotes that allows the lengthy article to be broken into smaller and more manageable segments.

Parole denied for Russian band

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A Russian court denied parole to a member of the band Pussy Riot on Friday, news sources reported.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has served half of her required sentence after staging a protest about Vladimir Putin in Moscow's cathedral, has been denied parole, USA Today reported.

Her parole was denied because she did "not always follow the rules of behavior," said Judge Lidiya Yakovleva to Huffington Post.

Other band members have served time for the protest conduct in March 2012, USA Today reported.

All the band members were charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, the Huffington Post reported.

"Both the Pussy Riot girls and those lads who desecrate soldiers' graves should answer before the law. We don't convict people for their political views but for breaking the law," Putin said to USA Today.

Light rail in St. Paul

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The light rail made a test run on the Central Corridor track in St. Paul on Sunday, news sources reported.

The train was towed down the Green Line, otherwise known as the Central Corridor, connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, MPR News reported.

There is no power running to the train yet, but crews were verifying clearance, the Pioneer Press reported.

The test run took a total of five hours, Pioneer Press reported.

The train will be towed back to Minneapolis on Wednesday, MPR News reported.

The light rail is the most complex and largest public-works project in state history and is 92 percent completed, MPR News reported.

The project is expected to be officially completed in 2014, Pioneer Press reported.

Uber app approved

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"E-hailing" services were made available to cab drivers in New York City Friday, news sources reported.

Uber Technologies, Inc. developed an app that allowed people to "e-hail" a cab and was selected by Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky, NBC News reported.

The city developed a plan that allowed the app to have a test run that lasts for one year, ABC News reported.

There is now controversy between yellow and livery cabs, ABC News reported.

A Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by livery cab drivers Tuesday that claimed Uber's app takes away livery cab services, NBC News reported.

The judge also lifted an order that had banned the services that the Uber app provides, NBC News reported.

Student from Minnesota found dead in Arizona

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A student who was born in Minnesota and lived here for the majority of her life was found dead in Arizona Tuesday, news sources reported.

Rebecca Kasper, 19, a student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. was found handcuffed and beaten in a bathtub in her boyfriend's apartment, the Pioneer Press reported.

Kasper's boyfriend, Luis Soltero, is a suspect in the case and held at Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, the Star Tribune reported.

Soltero's bail is $1 million, the Pioneer Press reported.

Kasper lived in Northfield and St. Cloud for the majority of her life until she moved to Arizona to attend the business school at Arizona State University, the Star Tribune reported.

Netflix changes business approach

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Netflix announced Monday that it will begin buying new original programming to satisfy its customers, news sources reported.

An example of the new programming that Netflix will continue to buy is the political drama "House of Cards," the LA Times reported.

By implementing this program Netflix add 2 million during the first quarter of 2013, ABC News reported.

Many of the big content deals that Netflix has negotiated brings little customer appeal, said Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings to LA Times.

Other companies like CBS and Viacom may be in jeopardy because of Netflix's new business approach, LA Times reported.

Netflix has made a profit of $3 million this quarter, ABC News reported.

Glee scheduled for season 5 and 6

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FOX announced Friday that "Glee" would be airing until 2015, news sources reported.

The series based on a high school music club debuted in 2009, the New York Times reported.

Since its debut, "Glee" has had more than 50 million downloads of their tracks, the Huffington Post reported.

Every week over 8.7 million viewers tune into "Glee," the New York Times reported.

British panda undergoes artificial insemination

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Britain's only female panda has been artificially inseminated Sunday to increase the likely-hood of her becoming pregnant, news sources reported.

The Edinburgh Zoo had been monitoring it's male and female panda for the past week looking for signs of "natural mating," The Guardian reported.

Tian Tian, which translates to "Sweetie," exhibited signs that weren't "conducive to mating," the Huffington Post reported.

Yang Guang, which translates to "Sunshine," is Tian Tian mate and showed "encouraging behavior," but they pair never "mated naturally," the Guardian reported.

The pandas will not be displayed until Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported.

Scientists will know if the artificial insemination was successful by mid-July and if so, the cubs will be expected to be born end of August or the beginning of September, the Guardian reported.

Former Minneapolis police officer faces more charges

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A former Minneapolis police officer who is already facing criminal charges was arrested again on Thursday and charged with four counts of Internet or computer solicitation of children, news sources reported.

On Thursday Bradley Schnickel was arrested in Hennepin County on charages that he allegedly sent photos of his genitalia to a 11-year-old girl last fall, the Star Tribune reported.

Schnickel is facing charges in Anoka County of sexually assaulting young teenager girls that he met on the internet, CBS News reported.

Schnickel appeared in court in Hennepin Thursday, CBS News reported.

The court hearing in Anoka will be held May 16, the Star Tribune reported.

Second suspect of the Boston bombing is in custody

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After an hour and a half standoff with police in Watertown, Mass., the second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing has been taken into custody on Friday, news sources reported.

The 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Friday, the Boston Globe reported.

Tsarnaev was hiding in a boat outside a local residence in Watertown on Franklin Street, the Boston Globe reported.

Police found Tsarnaev injured inside the boat with wounds they believe to be from a wild shootout Thursday night, FOX News reported.

Tsarnaev was taken to Beth Israel Hospital to be treated, FOX News reported.

Friday morning Watertown police attempted to capture Tamerlan Tsarnaev the other suspect, but was wounded in a gunfight with police and pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital Deaconess Medical Center soon after, FOX News reported.