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Obama meets with Evangelist Billy Graham for first time

President Barack Obama met with ailing evangelist Billy Graham for the first time on Sunday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, The Washington Post reported.

The visit lasted 30 minutes, during which Obama shared a prayer with the 91-year-old Graham and met his son Franklin, USA Today reported. Obama called Graham "a real treasure for this country."

The president had been vacationing in nearby Asheville, and met with Graham without the company of first lady Michelle Obama, The Miami Herald reported.

Denver bus crash kills two, injures 14 others

Police have opened an investigation into a Denver bus driver who killed two and injured 14 others when he ran a red light on Sunday, , The AP reported.

The bus hit a 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, killing both people in the car, The Denver Post reported. It also rammed a 1996 Ford truck into a 7-Eleven parking lot across the street.

The driver of the bus was also seriously injured in the crash, The Washington Examiner reported.

Investigators has not yet determined whether charges will be filed in the case

Three people arrested after FBI raids in 2 midwestern states.

Gun raids in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan have resulted in three arrests in connection with weapons charges, The Associated Press reported.

The FBI said that at least one of the raids were targeted at a Christian militia group, The Seattle Times reported. Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast volunteer Militia, told The Times that militia members that were being raided called him asking for a place to hide, a request he promptly denied.

Monique wins Oscar for best supporting actress

In what was considered the surprise performance of the year, Mo'Nique was awarded an Oscar for best supporting actress Sunday night for her role in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire," the AP reported.

Mo'nique, whose real name is Monique Imes, joined Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, and Halle Berry as one of four African-American women to win an Oscar, ABC News reported.

Hawaii relieved after tsunami warning is called off.

Hawaii has canceled the tsunami warning that were spurred from the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, The New York Times reported.

"It is a reason just to be relieved," Gov. Linda Lingle told the Times.

The potential tsunami was watched closely, however the change in the waves was not enough to cause any major damage, Fox News reported.

The cancellation of the warning came from the tsunami warning center, USA Today reported.

After winning four olympics medals, three of them silver and one bronze, decorated skier Bode Miller finally won his elusive first gold medal in the super-combined event on Sunday, ESPN reported.

Miller went through tougher times four years ago in Torino, where he won no medals and took harsh criticism from the Olympic community, The New York Times reported

This is the third medal of the 2010 games for Miller, to go with a silver and bronze won earlier this week.

Miller has won 32 World Cup races, more than any Amerian, and the gold medal was the last major accomplishment missing from his skiing career, USA Today reported.

Small earthquakes strike near Los Angeles Sunday

4.5 and 4.1 magnitude earthquakes struck just north and south of Los Angeles in the early and late afternoon on Sunday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The earthquake's epicenter was five miles northeast of Coso Junction, 140 miles north of Los Angeles, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The San Bernadino Sun reports that no injuries or damage have been caused yet from the pair of earthquakes.

Pro-life ad during Super Bowl brings tough questions for CBS

A new pro-life commercial aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother has drawn mixed reactions.

According to The New York Times, this was the first advocacy ad to air during the Super Bowl, which draws the single largest audience for advertisements each year.

Some of the scrutiny has come from the New York Daily News, which claims that CBS is being hypocritical after it rejected an ad in 2004 featuring the United Church of Christ opening to doors to gay members.

The reasoning from CBS for the rejection of the 2004 ad was a no-advocacy ad policy that has been clearly breached.

The Star-Ledger reports that author J.D. Salinger has died at the age of 91 in his hometown of Cornish, New Hampshire.

Salinger is best known for his short novel "The Catcher in the Rye," which captured the teenage angst of the post WWII era through its main character Holden Caulfield, reports The Washington Post. It would turn out to be the only novel he had published.

The attention that this and his other literary works brought was met with infamous disdain by Salinger, who declined interviews for decades before his death, said the Los Angeles Times

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