Mexican-American singer killed in plane crash

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Acclaimed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died Saturday night when her plane crashed killing everyone on board, reports the MSNBC.

Rivera was on her way to Toluca, Mexico with four other passengers and two pilots when the Learjet 25 plane went off the radar about 62 miles south of Monterrey, reports MSNBC.

Three of the missing passengers are Rivera's publicist, make-up artist and lawyer, according to MSNBC. It has not been confirmed whether they died in the crash.

The wreckage was found in a mountainous area Sunday night in northeastern Mexico, according to the New York Times.

Investigators say the cause of the crash is still unknown, reports the New York Times.

Rivera was best known by her American and Mexican fans as the "diva of banda," a genre of music normally dominated by male singers, according to MSNBC and the New York Times.

Toddler killed in handgun accident

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A Minneapolis toddler was killed Wednesday afternoon when his older brother accidentally shot him.

Police say the 2-year-old toddler and his 4-year-old brother were playing with their father's handgun in their Cedar Avenue home when the gun accidentally went off, reports WCCO.

The boys' uncle told WCCO his brother bought the gun for protection and normally kept the gun up high and out of reach of his children.

Paramedics responded and tried to revive the toddler but he died on the scene from the critical gunshot wound, reports Kare 11.

Police spokesperson William Palmer called the incident a "tragic accident," according to Kare 11.

The boys' father pleaded guilty to negligent storage of a handgun, according to the Star Tribune.

World's oldest person passes away in Georgia

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A 116-year-old Georgia woman recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive died Tuesday in a nursing home.

Besse Cooper died at Park Place Nursing Home in Monroe, Georgia, her son Sidney Cooper told MSNBC.

"She looked really good when she passed away," he said. He said she died peacefully and without suffering.

Besse Cooper had told the Guinness Book of World Records her secret to a long life was "minding her own business and not eating junk food," according to CNN.

Cooper was one of the first women to vote in an election in Georgia, according to MSNBC.

Cooper had joined the women's suffrage movement in 1920, reports CNN. She was a 24-year-old school teacher at the time and said she voted in nearly every election since the 19th amendment was passed.

Harteau sworn in as Minneapolis police chief

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Janeè Harteau was sworn in as the city's 52nd police chief on Thursday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of City Council members, other Minnesotan police chiefs and Minneapolis officers.

Harteau has been a long-time member of the Minneapolis police force, taking her first job with them in 1987, according to KSTP. She had won unanimous support from the City Council on friday.

The ceremony took place in the rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall in front of a crowd of 300 people, reports the Star Tribune.

"I will always stand up for what is right even if I stand alone," Harteau said during her speech, according to the Star Tribune. "There are incredibly high expectations of me and there should be."

Long-time member of the police force and Harteau's life partner Sgt. Holly Keegel stood at Harteau's side during the ceremony. Their daughter Lauren, 13, was also next to her and got the honor of pinning Harteau with the chief's badge, according to Kare 11.

Harteau is Minneapolis's first woman and openly gay police chief, according to Kare 11.

Harteau is taking over the position from Tim Dolan, who retired in November, reports KSTP.

Syrian government bombs town near Turkish border

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Turkey scrambled fighter jets as the Syrian government bombed an outskirt town within sight of the Turkish border, reports CNN.

Syrian civilians ran for the fence that separates the two countries when the town of Ras al-Ain was bombed, reports CNN. Civilians in the nearby Turkish town of Ceylanpinar also fled for cover during the attack.

The airstrike on Ras al-Ain killed six rebel fighters and injured 30 other people, reports MSNBC.

Nato officials were considering sending missiles to Turkey in case the Syrian civil war spreads across its borders, according to CNN.

Turkey had requested two batteries for an anti-missile system in November, reports the New York Times. Turkey told NATO that it was concerned Syria could use chemical weapons in its warheads as the civil war escalates.

9 bodies recovered from Japan tunnel collapse

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Nine bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a tunnel near Tokyo after the ceiling collapsed, trapping motorists in their cars and starting a fire, reports CNN.

Five of the victims were from a single station wagon that was crushed by the collapse, according to CNN. Three others were pulled from their burning car and another victim was found in a truck.

Firefighters extinguished the flames approximately three hours after the initial collapse, reports MSNBC. Crews worked through the night to move debris and rescue victims.

The Susago Tunnel, which is a part of the Chuo highway that connects western Japan and Tokyo, collapsed Sunday, reports the New York Times.

Officials say it is unclear why the 150 to 200 foot section of the tunnel collapsed, according to the New York Times. They have also not announced how many more victims may be trapped inside.

Police looking for gun used to kill Cold Springs officer

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Police are looking for the gun used in a Cold Springs shooting early this week that left a police officer dead, reports WCCO.

Officer Tom Decker, 31, was fatally shot late Thursday behind Winner's Bar as he and his partner were responding to reports of a possibly suicidal man, according to the Star Tribune.

The area sheriff's office told the public to keep an eye out for a discarded gun in a request Saturday, reports WCCO.The office confirmed that the gun used was a 20-gauge shotgun, according to the Star Tribune.

The suspect Ryan Larson lived above the bar where the shooting occurred, according to Kare 11.

Charges against Larson in connection with Decker's death could be filed on Monday, reports Kare 11.

Fatal St. Cloud fire started by cooking

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Investigators say "careless cooking" sparked a St. Cloud house fire that left one college student dead and injured another, according to Kare 11.

Kyle Kopischke, 23, died in the fire that destroyed the house at 520 6th Avenue Sout on Nov. 24, according to Kare 11.

Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen before spreading to the rest of the house, reports Kare 11. Two of the stove's burners were on at the time of the fire.

The home's smoke alarm had disabled and removed and the building had no sprinkler system, reports WCCO.

Kopischke's 22-year-old roommate, Kevin Murphy, was injured in the blaze and also suffered from smoke inhalation, reports WCCO news.

Investigators say they believe alcohol may have been a factor in the fire, according to WCCO news.

Kopischke was from Comfrey and studying at St. Cloud Technical College, reports WCCO.

Yasir Arafat's body exhumed to test for poison

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The body of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was exhumed on Tuesday in response to allegations that he had been poisoned before his death, reports MSNBC.

Arafat's widow Suha called for an investigation in July when she said she suspected polonium poisoning as his cause of death, reports the New York Times.

Investigators had also detected signs of polonium on some of Arafat's possessions earlier this year, reports CNN.

After Arafat's body was uncovered, forensic investigators took samples for testing, reports MSNBC. His grave was re-covered within hours and while an official reburial ceremony was called off, Palestinian leaders were present at the time to lay down wreaths.

Arafat died eight years ago of a stroke in a French hospital at the age of 75, reports the New York Times.

While the cause of the infection that caused the stroke is unknown, French doctors did not find any immediate signs of poisoning in 2004, according to the New York Times.

Divers searching for missing Colorado teen

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Divers and cadaver dogs resumed their search Monday for a teen who went missing near Colorado lake.

Dylan Redwine, 13, has been missing for a week according to MSNBC. He was visiting his father over thanksgiving break in southwestern Colorado when he disappeared.

Redwine was reported missing by his father, Mark Redwine, on Nov. 19, according to MSNBC. Mark Redwine said he had left the house that day around 7:30 and when he returned a few hours later his son was missing.

Divers from the New Mexico State Police are searching the Vallecito Reservoir, reports MSNBC. Police and cadaver dogs are also searching the 12 miles of shoreline around the reservoir.

La Plata County Sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said that a lack of evidence and information makes the search effort difficult, according to Fox News.

"Without any clues, we need to consider any and all possibilities," Bender said. He went on to say that a runaway scenario has not been ruled out.

Redwine was described as 5 feet tall and 105 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and white baseball cap and black Nike t-shirt, reports Fox News.