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Man arrested in NYC subway death

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Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday for pushing a rider on to the tracks, where he was killed by a train moments later.
Naeem Davis, 30, was charged with murder for pushing Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, to his death at the 50th Street and Seventh Avenue station Monday, according to a report by The Washington Post.
The New York Times reported that the police rounded up witnesses to identify who was responsible for Han's death. A cellphone video showed the two men in some sort of confrontation.
A controversy arose around a photograph taken by a freelance photographer working for The New York Post of Han stuck on the tracks just moments before he was struck by the train.
According to The Washington Post, many have criticized R. Umar Abassi and the Post for taking and publishing the photographs instead of trying to help the victim.
Abassi defended himself, saying he was too far away to help and was trying to signal to the train to stop, according to The New York Times.
Davis remains in custody.

Carbon emissions at all time high in 2011

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Researchers with the Global Carbon Project reported that time is running out to limit global warming, noted by record high carbon dioxide emissions in 2011.
Global emissions are only expected to increase in 2012, according to a report by The New York Times.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the scientists fear the international goal of limiting global warming to only about three degrees may soon be impossible.
China was the country with the biggest increase in carbon dioxide emissions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Germany and the United States were the only 10 biggest polluters whose carbon dioxide emissions had decreased.
The New York Times reported that the effects of these high emissions levels on the climate could include more weather catastrophes and rising sea levels, among others.

Gen. David Patraeus slips up with Broadwell affair

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The full story of Gen. David Patraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell continues to unravel after Patraeus resigned as head of the CIA over the weekend.
The BBC reported that the FBI uncovered the affair after a woman named Jill Kelley, a friend of Patraeus' wife, told them of anonymous harassing emails which turned out to be from Broadwell.
Broadwell and Patraeus got to know each other while Broadwell, an Army reservist with little experience in journalism, was a graduate student at Harvard.
She then spent a lot of time around Patraeus while writing his biography which concerned many in his staff, according to a report by The Washington Post.
Patraeus has been married for 38 years. Broadwell is also married and a mother of two, according to the BBC.
Patraeus' successful military career, highlighted by admirable leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan, had drawn speculation of a possible future run for president.

Man in 2011 Arizona shooting rampage sentenced to life

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Jared Lee Loughner, the man who went on a shooting rampage in Arizona in 2011 and shot then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.
The incident occurred last January while Giffords was at a supermarket parking lot in Tucson in a normal campaign appearance when Loughner opened fire, wounding 13 and killing six according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Washington Post reported that several of the wounded spoke at the hearing. Giffords did not speak, but her husband, a former astronaut, did.
Giffords resigned her seat in the House of Representatives after the shooting.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Giffords has undergone a miraculous recovery and extensive rehabilitation.
According to The Washington Post, Arizona has some of the least strict gun laws in the country. Loughner, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the rampage, was carrying 93 rounds with him during the incident.

Meningitis outbreak leading to second illness

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Patients successfully treated during the meningitis outbreak are developing other spinal illnesses.
The number of cases are unclear, but most have occurred in Michigan and Tennessee according to a report by National Public Radio.
One of the complications is a localized infection of the spine, called an epidural abscess. The other is an inflammation of tissue around spinal nerve roots, an even more serious complication called arachnoiditis.
The original meningitis outbreak began in September and was caused by a contaminated steroid drug. 29 people have died and the compounding pharmacy that produced the drug has since shut down.
The New York Times reported that patients became sick again even while on strong anti-fungal treatments.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to determine which patients are more likely to develop the second illnesses.

15 Now Dead in Meningitis Outbreak

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The death toll in the fungal meningitis outbreak has reached 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Saturday.
The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid vials from the New England Compounding Center based in Framingham, Mass., according to The New York Times.
The company has suspended operations and some lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation, according to The Washington Post.
The Washington Post further reported that Food and Drug Administration officials said they had no clear authority to take action against the compound pharmacy, citing an outdated regulatory system for the quick and drastic changes that have taken place in the industry.
The New York Times reported that lawmakers are also calling for new laws to regulate operations of pharmacies such as the New England Compounding Center more tightly.
Some 13,000 may have been given the tainted drug, according to the CDC. State and federal health officials have been focused on notifying all of those possibly affected.

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