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October 26, 2008

Leader of Mexican drug cartel arrested

A senior member from the Tijuana-based Mexican drug cartel was arrested after a shootout.

Eduardo Arellano Felix, 52, was captured Saturday night across from the border city to San Diego, Calif. Kansas City.com reports that he was with his 11-year-old daughter.

CNN reports that Felix was one of the last wanted members of the trafficking organization that has been associated with the 400 people that have been killed in drug-related violence in Tijuana this year.

Felix was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Most Wanted List, with $5 million in rewards offered for his capture.

CNN reports that today, the “notorious cartel is split into two factions?, one of which is headed by Felix’s nephew.

TV anchor dies from attack

An Arkansas TV anchor died Saturday, days after being attacked in her Little Rock home.

Anne Pressly, 26, was found at 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning and “unable to speak and suffering from massive brain swelling,? according to CNN.com

CNN reports that Pressly’s purse was missing and that she may have been a victim of burglary.

The Telegraph reports that she had been hit repeatedly in the face, head and neck with a blunt instrument.

The Telegraph also reports that on Saturday doctors reduced her sedatives and that the swelling in her brain had improved.

CNN reports that the station Pressly worked for, KATV, has established a $30,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Pressly’s attacker.

October 19, 2008

Senator killed in car crash

A Pennsylvania state senator died Saturday after being injured in a head-on collision Friday.

Sen. James Rhoades, 66, and his wife, Mary, were taken to the hospital after their Cadillac collided head-on with a pickup truck.

The Delaware Online reports that, according to police, the accident happened at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening as Sen. Rhoades and his wife were on their way to a ceremony at a local school district that was honoring him for raising money.

CNN.com reports that Mary Rhoades’ injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

He represented Pennsylvania’s coal country since 1981.

The Delaware Online reports was the longtime chairman of the Senate Education Committee and is partially responsible for every education initiative in recent history and his "passing is a tremendous loss for Pennsylvania."

October 16, 2008

Todd Palin making appearances in Northern MN

Husband of Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is visiting Minn. this week.

His stops include Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji on Thursday and Thief River Falls and Moorhead on Friday.

McCain’s Minnesota campaign says that the visit is targeting outdoor enthusiasts.

According to the Star Tribune and In-Forum news, Palin is traveling with his snowmobile racing partner, a native of Grand Rapids, Scott Davis.

In-Forum reports that Todd Palin self describes himself as Alaska’s “First Dude?.

Palin will be at the Scheels sporting goods store in Moorhead on Friday afternoon, according to In-Forum, and the event is open to the public.

October 11, 2008

Body and car pulled from river in St. Paul

A car containing a body was pulled by construction workers from the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Friday morning.

Construction workers were dredging the river’s shore near Harriet Island on Thursday when they came across a sunken car with a body inside when the called the police.

The Pioneer Press reports that it took about a day to pull the car from the river, according to a police investigator.

The Star Tribune reports that spokesman Peter Panos said it’s too early to tell if a crime had occurred but given the decomposition of the body, it could have been in the water quite a while.

The Pioneer Press reports that the police department’s scan of 77 missing persons didn’t match this case.

Wildfire threatens California's wine region

A wildfire is threatening homes in California’s Napa Valley.

More than 100 residents have been evacuated and the fire destroyed two structures on Saturday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the fire has burned more than 200 acres. Yet the Star Tribune reports the fire has burned 300 acres.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reports that more than 400 fire personnel are on the scene.

The Star Tribune reports that the 100 residents evacuated have found shelter at St. Helena High School and containment is expected by Sunday.

The Star Tribune also reports that the fire threatens 200 homes and several wineries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

1 in 4 mammals risk extinction

Conservationists have determined that 1 in 4 mammals could become extinct.

The report was the first one done in more than a decade, reported CNN, and both articles cite that humans are to blame. Habitat loss due to expansion, pollution and hunting, are some major causes, reported National Geographic.

"Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide,? Jan Schipper, leader of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature team based in Gland, Switzerland, said (CNN).

National Geographic
reported that the report includes a 700 additional species from the 1996 report, making the total of known mammals 5,487.

Of those mammals at risk, both articles reported that species in Southeast Asia are in greater danger.

National Geographic
reported that marine animals were also in greater danger, with 1 in 3 odds.

October 5, 2008

121 arrested in child porn case

Spanish police arrested 121 people in the biggest operation against internet child pornography in the country.

The pornography network spanned 75 countries and authorities are investigating another 96 Spanish people.

CNN reports that officers confiscated images of children in sexual positions and even some depicting rape.

CNN.com reports that two of the men arrested used their nephews who are under 10-years-old. BBC reports that police say that two of the men used their children in the pornography.

The raid lasted a week and around 800 officers raided over 200 homes.

Brazilian Police assisted in the raids and the BBC reports that the operation began in July.

It was reported that those detained were school janitors, bank clerks, commercial pilots, taxi drivers, foreigners resident in Spain. CNN reports that four of the arrested were under the age of 18.

CNN reports that if convicted, the suspects could face up to eight years in prison.

BBC reports that this large raid boosts the number of people arrested in Spain for child pornography up to 1,200 in the last five years.

Fannie Mae forgives loan for 90-year-old-woman

Fannie Mae is forgiving a 90-year-old woman’s loan debt after she shot herself in front of officers that were trying to evict her.

The woman, Addie Polk, 90, of Akron, Ohio, is in critical condition at the Akron General Medical Center after shooting herself twice in the chest on Wednesday.

Polk has lived in the 101-year-old house since 1970. MSNBC reports she has been the sole owner of the home since 1995 when her husband died and took loan in 1997 and has refinanced since. CNN.com reports that Polk took a loan out from Countrywide Home Loan in 2004.

When Countrywide Home Loans foreclosed in 2007, Polk’s home was sold to Fannie Mae. CNN.com reports that after 2004, Polk missed payments.

also reports that deputies tried over 30 times to give Polk her eviction notice, leaving the note on the door when she wouldn’t answer.

Juvenile arrested in Cedar-Riverside shooting

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday as a suspect in the Sept. 22 killing of the 20-year-old Augsburg student.

Ahmednur Ali was shot and killed in front of the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis after his first day working there. There was a large crowd of witnesses who, the Star Tribune reports, police say were apprehensive at first to provide information.

According to the Minnesota Daily, “They want the witnesses to remain very anonymous for fear of retaliation,? Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia said. “We’re leaving that whole witness thing very vague on purpose.?

The Star Tribune reports that a motive for the killing hasn’t been released but reports that Ali was involved in a dispute with the suspect.

The Minnesota Daily reports that the name of the juvenile cannot be released unless he is charged as an adult – a possibility in this case.