Supreme Court to hear cases on gay marriage

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Exiled Hamas leader visits Gaza

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By Libby Ryan

Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, returned to the Gaza Strip after more than thirty years in exile on Friday.

Meshal left the West Bank in 1967 and returned only once in 1975, according to the Washington Post.

Meshal survived an assassination attempt by Israel in 1997, said NPR.

The Hamas leader kissed the ground when he crossed the border from Egypt into his former home.

Minneapolis appoints first gay police chief

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The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to appoint a new police chief, the first lesbian woman to serve in the position.

JaneƩ Harteau previously served as the assistant chief of police in Minneapolis and is the first woman and openly gay person to be appointed to the position, according to the Star Tribune.

Mayor R.T. Rybak praised Harteau for her "willingness to step forward for what is absolutely the toughest job in the city", said Advocate.com.

Asperger's taken off list of disorders

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The American Psychiatric Association will no longer list Asperger's disorder in the new diagnostic manual after changes to the rewrite were approved Saturday.

This is first major rewrite to the diagnostic manual in 20 years, according to the New York Times.

The manual determines what doctors consider symptoms of mental disorders and shape who gets what sorts of treatments.

The Huffington Post said that full revisions will be evident when the manual is published in May.

Palestine recognized as 'non-member observer state'

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By Libby Ryan

The United Nations voted Thursday to recognize Palestine as a 'non-member observer state'.

The 193-member U.N. body voted 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions, according to the Washington Post.

The vote was met with condemnations from the United States and Israel.

The New York Times said that the new status will give Palestine more freedom to oppose Israel in international legal forums.

Record Powerball Numbers

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By Libby Ryan

The drawing for the Multi-State Lottery Association's prize has failed to come up with a winner after 16 consecutive drawings.

According to the Washington Post, the Powerball winnings have become the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history.

The $550 million prize has been predicted to have a winner by Wednesday night, said Powerball officials.

The BBC reports the numbers that were drawn were numbers were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6 but there has yet to be a winner.

During the day on Wednesday tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide.

Hamas military chief killed in Israeli air strike

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The leader of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was killed Wednesday in an air strike over the Gaza Strip.

Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari died in his car in Gaza City when it was hit by fire from an Israeli air strike, said the BBC.

Al-Jabari was the most senior Hamas official to be killed by Israeli fire since the invasion of Gaza four years ago, according to the New York Times.

Minnetonka Principal issues dress code warning

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Spandex leggings are becoming a distraction to students, said Minnetonka principal.

Principal Dave Adney of Minnetonka High School sent an email to parents asking them to talk to their children about current fashion trends and modesty.

Students once chose to pair tight fitting leggings with long tops that covered their hips but increasingly this season, shirts are being worn shorter, said the Pioneer Press.

The Minnetonka students handbook bans clothing that is disruptive, offensive or inappropriate and principals said that each year there are trends that become concerns for the administration, according to the Star Tribune.

Adney said earlier this month, "Cover your butts up -- I'm just going to say it straight up. We're seeing too much."

Pelosi to remain minority leader

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Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she wishes to continue serving as the House of Representatives Minority Leader for at least two more years.

Pelosi said she wants to remain in a leadership position in order to work to resolve the fiscal crisis, to limit the amount of money in politics and to empower women in the workplace and government, regardless of the fact that the Democratic party has failed to regain majority in the House for two consecutive elections.

There are leadership election scheduled for after Thanksgiving and Pelosi is certain to win, according to the Washington Post.

CBS News said no Democrat has made a move to run against Pelosi for the position.

Analysis: Numbers

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By Libby Ryan

In the Associated Press story, Greek Parliament passes 2013 austerity budget with comfortable majority, numbers are used in three clear ways.

Firstly, numbers are used to show the vote (167-128 vote in the 300-member Parliament). These numbers are not overwhelming because the author balanced them with some background on what else the parliament has been voting on recently.

Secondly, the author describes the next loan payments Greece will receive. These numbers are overwhelming because they are listed first in Euros and then in the dollar amount. The author could have found a more readable way to write these statistics. However, the numbers are manipulated and converted correctly.

Thirdly, numbers are used to show the difference in the crowd gathered to protest the new budget as compared to a previous protest. This nears being too many numbers as there are two large numbers in one sentence but it makes enough sense to be readable because the article overall is not filled with number after number.

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