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Kansas City Chiefs player kills girlfriend, self

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A Kansas City Chiefs player shot his girlfriend before driving to the Chiefs facility and shooting himself, CNN reported.

Jovan Belcher drove to the Chiefs facility and talked with head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli while holding a gun to his head, thanking them for what they had done for him, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Belcher then walked away from them and shot himself in the head when the police arrived on the scene, CNN reported.

Former President George H. W. Bush hospitalized

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Former President George H. W. Bush remains in a Houston area hosital after being treated for bronchitis, CNN reported.

Bush, 88, has had a severe cough and has been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks, NBC News reported.

The former president is in stable condition and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours, CNN reported.

NY nanny pleads not guilty of murder from hospital bed

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Lying in bed and handcuffed, a nanny plead not guilty in the stabbing deaths of two children through her defense attorney, NBC News reported.

Yoselyn Ortega was watching two children in an upscale Manhattan apartment while their mother was out with a third child. When the mother returned she found her children dead in the bathtub and Ortega on the bathroom floor with apparently self-inflicted stab wounds, CNN reported.

Ortega appeared to be alert but did not speak during the hearing, NBC News reported.

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns

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David Petraeus resigned ashead of the Central Intelligence Agency Friday amid scandal due to an extramarital affair, CNN reported.

The FBI launched an investigation after they received a tip that Petraeus was having an affair. The FBI was not probing Petraeus for criminal activity, only because they feared he was "in a vulnerable spot," the Washington Post reported.

Residential Explosion Kills Two in Indianapolis

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An explosion rocked a south Indianapolis neighborhood late Saturday night, Killing two people destroying two houses and leaving 27 other houses uninhabitable, NBC News reported.

About 200 residents were evacuated due to the blast, the cause of which is still unknown, CNN reported.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard dismissed reports of a possible plane crash, NBC News reported.

Boy mauled by African painted dogs at Pittsburgh zoo

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A 2-year-old boy fell into an African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh zoo on Sunday and was mauled by the animals, MSNBC reported.

It is not clear whether the boy died from the 11-foot fall or being attacked by the dogs, Newsday reported.

The dogs hunt in packs in the wild and the behavior is not considered unusual. Most of the animals left the child immediately and several others were scared off by zookeepers, but one dog was shot by a Pittsburgh police officer, MSNBC reported.

Concerns Raised over Chelation Heart Study

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The results of a $32 million study are being questioned by some of the top doctors in their field, the USA Today reported.

Chelation therapy is a process used to remove heavy metals from the blood and is used primarily to treat heavy metal poisoning. The therapy, however, has been used "off-label" for everything from Alzheimer's to autism, the USA Today reported.

The study found that there was a small overall benefit, due mainly to its preventing heart problems in people with diabetes. Mainstream doctors, however, say there is no reason why the treatment should help heart patients, because heavy metal buildup isn't a cause of heart disease, Forbes reported.

Amputee Climbs Chicago Skyscraper

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Zac Vawter climbed all 103 floors of Chicago's Willis Tower while using a mind-controlled prosthetic leg, The Washington Post Reported.

Vawter was participating in "SkyRise Chicago," a charity event that raised funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, The USA Today reported.

This event was a research project for us, said Joanne Smith, the Rehabilitation Institute's CEO, The Washington Post reported.

The climb took Vawter about 45 minutes to complete, according to The USA Today.

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