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U.S. population shows rapid growth in last decade

The government released preliminary population estimates, and it shows the United States have grown in population by nearly 9 percent, BizJournals reports.

In the last decade the U.S. has grown to about 306 million to 313 million, the Pioneer Press reports.

The official 2010 census reports are separate from this estimate. The census count will be released in a few weeks.

In 2000, the official census count was 281.4 million.

A Portland, Ore.-area teen was taken into custody Friday after attempting a plot to bomb the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portland Tribune reported.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, had been watched for months as his alleged bomb threat was developing.

The Pioneer Press reports the FBI said Mohamud had previously said he wanted to kill Americans.

Mohamud will be charged Monday in Portland's federal court. Mohamud could face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is guilty, the Portland Tribune reports.

88-year-old Orange County man arrested

An 88-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shooting his 86-year-old wife in a California nursing home, the Associated Press reported.

Clara Laird was found dead in her bed after being shot to death.

Seal Beach police Sgt. Steve Bowles said they found Laird with a single gunshot wound to the head. Roy Charles Laird was found sitting in a chair with a revolver in his pocket.

Roy Charles Laird was arrested at the scene, and he did not resist custody, ABC Orange County reported.

California motorcycle accident kills 5, driver arrested

A California man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he slammed head-on into a group of 10 motorcyclists, killing five, the Associated Press reported.

Carlos Rodriguez Bobadilla, 36, was arrested because his breath smelled of alcohol. He is among six injured victims.

Bobadilla, who is from Mexico, is recovering from hand fractures at a San Diego hospital, Chicago's WGNtv reports.

The names of the death victims have not been released, the Associated Press reported.

Las Vegas-area Walmart evacuated

A Las Vegas-area Walmart was evacuated Saturday after a man pulled a gun on a security officer, the Associated Press reported.

The man also dropped a backpack with, what appeared to be, an explosive device.

Store personnel recognized the man from a previous incident and then asked the man to go to an office with Metro police, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The man refused and ran outside. He then pulled a gun and hit a store officer in the head with it. The gun went off once, firing into the air.

Police are searching for the suspect, who left behind a fake ID.

The store officer did not suffer any serious injuries.

McDonald's workers told to vote Republican

A McDonald's in northeastern Ohio has given employees a pamphlet along with their paychecks urging employees to vote for Republican candidates in this year's election, the Associated Press reported.

McDonald's also gave a threat of wage and benefit penalties if workers did not obey the franchise's request, the New York Times reported.

McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill condemned the Canton, Ohio McDonald's, saying it violated policy.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is having an investigation started.

Honda, Toyota recalls

Honda Motor Company announced they will be recalling a number of vehicles due to brake fluid leakage Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Although there have been no injuries related to the leakage, this incident does serve as a risk for weaker breaking power.

This is the same issue related to Toyota Motor Corp. recalling 1.5 million of their vehicles, USA Today reported.

Honda does not know how many vehicles will be recalled in this process, and the Japanese company will contact U.S. government of the recall Thursday.

Collins, Mo. man survives after mile-long sewer trip

A sewer worker has survived after being pushed for more than a mile through a Kansas City sewer system Tuesday morning, reported KMBC-TV.

Collins, Missouri resident Daniel Collins was checking to see if a nearby construction project is affecting the sewer system when his line snapped and he fell in, KMBC-TV reported.

Collins has been taken to Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, where he is listed in criticial condition Tuesday, reported the Associated Press.

Collins is being treated for hypothermia, South Metropolitan Fire District Chief Randy Adams said.

Wisconsin teen pleads guilty for stabbing Sawyer County woman

A Wisconsin teen has pleaded guilty for stabbing a 93-year-old Sawyer County woman.

Austin Davis, 16, has been charged for second-degree intentional homicide as an adult with the death of Irene Roszak in Radisson, according to the Associated Press.

Davis told authorities his job was to be on the lookout and take anything valuable. The man Davis was with told him he would not get into trouble. Davis was 15 at the time of the stabbing, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

Davis' sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18.

New Jersey man shoots sons, killing two

A southern New Jersey man lit his house on fire and shot his three sons, killing two, before police killed him, according to the New Jersey TV station WBST.

The shootings occurred later Thursday night at their home in Pennsauken, a Camden suburb.

Alfred Moton, Sr., 54, killed his 12-year-old son, 18-year-old son, and injured his 16-year-old son, the Associated Press reported.

The 16-year-old is in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.

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