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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.

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.

11 Palestinians killed as Israel Hamas conflict escalates

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An Israeli bomb destroyed a house in the Gaza strip, killing 11 Palestinian civilians as Wednesday, reports the New York Times.

Israel was targeting a top militant when it hit the three story home, killing 10 family members, including four children, in the blast, reports MSNBC.

Israel has not confirmed whether the intended Hamas military target was killed in the airstrike, reports CNN.

At least 75 Palestinians have been killed at least 600 injured in the conflict so far in the conflict that has gone on for almost a week, according to the New York Times. In Israel, three have been killed and dozens injured so far.

Israel said that Hamas had launched more than 150 rockets into Israel in a single day, and their airstrike was in retaliation, according to CNN.

Hamas is hoping for an end to the Israeli blockade and trade embargo of the Gaza Strip's shores, reports CNN. Nabil Sha'ah, a Palestinian negotiator, said Hamas is demanding an end to Israel's "Draconian siege of the Gaza that prevents anything from going in and out" of the region.

Both sides met in Egypt to discuss a to the conflict late Sunday, according to CNN.

Analysis Entry: Number Use

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A New York Times article about presidential election results in Florida uses numbers and percentages to show how close the vote was.

Overall, the article's use of numbers was effective and helped demonstrate how slim of a victory it was for Obama. While it could be too number heavy for some readers, as an election article it would be difficult to tell the story without a lot of statistics.

The second paragraph lists the percentage difference between him and Romney, but also provides the information in difference of votes. By listing the information in two ways, it can help readers understand just how close of a race it was in Florida.

The article goes on to tell about voter turnout. Again, it lists the information in two ways: the number of Floridians who voted, and the percentage of registered voters who voted in this election. It also tells how many voters cast early or absentee ballots, though it does not convert this into a percentage.

Because the article is focusing on how late Florida's results for the election were determined, it also tells how many votes were cast as in person absentee ballots just days before the election. The article mentioned that some votes were cast after Obama had been declared the winner, but missed an opportunity to provide numbers and did not have any further information.

2 officers killed in Atlanta Police helicopter crash

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An Atlanta police helicopter crashed Saturday night, killing both officers onboard, reports the New York Times.

The officers, whose names have not been released, were aiding in the search for a missing 9-year-old boy when their helicopter crashed near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Hamilton E. Holmes drives, reports MSNBC.

No one on the ground was injured, and one witness said the intersection was unusually empty at the time of the crash, according to MSNBC.

The missing boy was found safe shortly after the helicopter crashed, reports MSNBC.

Witnesses say they saw the helicopter flying low and clipped on power lines before crashing, reports the New York Times.

"I noticed something falling out of the sky," Ravien Walker, a witness who saw the crash from her car, told MSNBC. "It hit the power line and it hit the ground. It could have fell right on top of my car."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating cause of the crash, reports the New York Times.

Northeastern states brace for Hurricane Sandy

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Northeastern states have ordered mandatory evacuations in coastal cities, closed schools and shut down public transportation systems as Hurricane Sandy approaches their coasts.

The hurricane, which killed at least 65 people in the Caribbean, is expected to make landfall along Delaware, New Jersey, and New York's coasts Monday, according to NBC news.

"The large size of the system is why it is so capable of producing a life threatening storm surge, with that threat being applicable to many areas," National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb told CNN on Sunday.

Although Sandy is centered more than 200 miles from the coast and will make landfall Monday, tides in some locations have risen several feet and gale force winds have been reported in the area as of Sunday night, reports CNN.

New York City mayor Bloomberg ordered 375,000 people from low-lying regions of New York have to evacuate as the concern over the storm's severity grows, reports NBC news.

Gov. Jack Markell has ordered a mandatory evacuation for 50,000 people living in coastal areas of Delaware, reports NBC news. New Jersey is also taking precautions and evacuated many of Atlantic City's beach resorts and casinos.

In addition to evacuations, New York also shut down its public transit system and many trains, subways and buses stop running Sunday evening, reports the New York Times.

Analysis Entry: Speeches

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The LA Times's coverage of Paul Ryan's speech in Colorado Springs is an example of a standard speech coverage story.

The lead gives the most newsworthy part of the event: that Paul Ryan's speech, which focused on both domestic and foreign issues, was well received by the crowd. The news is not that he gave a speech- the news is that the crowd supported his and Romney's candidacy and their proposed policies.

The article's second paragraph describes the crowd in more detail (his speech was "repeatedly interrupted by cheers") and notes that the crowd was especially supportive of his military policies. The third paragraph is a direct quote about America's military and his and Romney's campaign promise.

The next few paragraphs give more specific details of the speech. Several paragraphs give more depth on why, where and when the speech was given. It includes a paragraph that gives specifics on his military spending plan and paints a clear picture of his reportedly dramatic entrance.

The article ends with providing the context and telling the reader why the speech is important. The crowd was predominantly conservative, according to the article, with many people frustrated with Obama's economic policies in particular. Ryan urged the crowd to vote early in the speech.

The last articles include an interview with a conservative crowd member who says why he approves of Romney and Ryan. The reporter included this to give the reader context- who was supporting Ryan during this speech and why they were supporting him.

Orionid meteor shower peaks over weekend

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The annual Orionid meteor shower will light up the night sky Saturday as the Earth passes through debris left by Haley's comet, reports National Geographic.

The shower will be at its most brilliant on Saturday night just before dawn, according to Fox News.

Stargazers can expect up to 60 or more meteors per hour and can be easily seen without a telescope, according to the LA Times.

Viewers may also be able to see "fireballs", which are small space rocks that burn visibly as they reach the earth's atmosphere.

"Even if you must make do with less-than-ideal sky conditions, the view of a swift Orionid or a bright fireball will make the watch worthwhile," Griffith Observatory astronomer Anthony Cook told National Geographic.

The Orinoid meteor shower gets its name because the shooting stars appear to be coming from the constellation of Orion the mythical greek hunter, according to the LA Times.

While the debris left by Haley's comet can be seen every October, Haley's comet is not expected to pass the earth until July 2061, according to National Geographic.

Analysis Entry: Multimedia

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I compared multimedia options on the New York Times' website and Kare 11's website.

The New York Times offers many options such as graphics, video and photos for many of their stories. Many videos provide links to related articles. Writing for the videos contained more direct quotes than print articles and allowed the interviewees to speak for themselves.

The site also offers graphics and charts with certain articles. An interesting interactive graphic allowed the reader to compare body language used by the two presidential candidates by watching footage for each option and seeing a chart showing how frequently they used certain gestures. Here, a few short sentences of explanation appear depending on what the user has clicked on.

There are many slideshows available on the site as well. Each photo in a story is accompanied by one to three sentences of explanation and context for the photo. There is often a quote from whoever is in the picture as well.

Kare 11's site had fewer options for multimedia news reporting. Unlike the New York Times' videos, which often stood alone without text, Kare 11's videos often offer a print story too. A story covering Arlen Specter's death used both video and a short article to tell the story. While the video focused on his accomplishments and provided interviews, the print story gave the hard news and only a brief explanation of what he had done. Kare 11 also offers slideshows that follow the same format as the New York Times.

Analysis Entry: Updating Stories

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I compared two early stories on the fungal meningitis outbreak from the New York Times.

The first article elaborates on a breaking news story, giving further information about a meningitis outbreak that killed two but had no known cause and was resistant to antibiotics. This article explains that this strain is resistant because it was confirmed as fungal meningitis not bacterial. It says all patients so far have been pain patients who received spinal injections of the same steroid, and that hundreds may be at risk. It could not confirm the exact cause of the disease and said while the steroid was the suspected cause, other tools and drugs used in the procedure were also under investigation.

The second article is from one day later and by the same journalist. It was able to confirm it is from the steroid and gives specific statistics and names involved. It names the states that received the tainted steroid, increases the number of confirmed cases and deaths, and provides the name of the compounding pharmacy that manufactured the drug. The article also says that this company is not subject to the same safety standards inspections like other pharmaceutical companies, giving a possible reason for the tainted steroids spreading the disease.

The leads are difficult to compare. The first article takes an unconventional story-telling approach while the second uses a hard news lead. This may be because the first article has fewer statistics and generally less confirmed information and is more focused on who was already affected and who may be affected. The second is more concerned with numbers, giving an updated number of confirmed cases and specifically who is at risk.