Al Qaeda top two officials dead

Al Qaeda in Iraq confirms the death of two most senior leaders.
The deaths were confirmed on an Islamist website a week after the U.S. announced the deaths of Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi reported CNN.
The two senior leaders were killed in a raid by Iraqi and U.S. security forces in Tikrit, north of Baghdad reported ABC News.
U.S. military officials have said the deaths have been a "potentially devastating blow" to the terrorist group reported CNN.
Al- Masri, a native Egyptian, was the military leader of al Qaeda reported CNN. Al-Baghdadi was the leader of Islamic State of Iraq.

St. Paul woman fatally shot, husband wounded

A 25-year-old woman was shot and killed in her St. Paul home and her husband was seriously wounded Sunday morning.
The shooting occurred on the 1700 block of Minnehaha Avenue reported the Star Tribune.
The police found the woman dead on the scene and her husband injured with a shot wound in the leg reported the Pioneer Press.
The victims were identified as Marie Firkus and Nicholas Firkus, 27, reported the Star Tribune.
The circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation reported the Pioneer Press. No one has been arrested.

Tornado in Mississippi leaves 10 dead

A tornado tore through central Mississippi over the weekend killing 10 people, including three children.
The tornado was almost a mile wide and hit Mississippi counties Yazoo and Choctaw the worst reported CNN. It leveled churches, homes, and power lines.
Lousiana, Arkansas and Alabama were also hit by tornadoes reported the BBC. Meteorologists measured wind speeds at 150 miles per hour.
Help has been sent to Mississippi as 80 National Guard troops and 50 military police were deployed to Yazoo and Choctaw county reported CNN.
The death toll may still rise as debris continues to be cleared reported the BBC.

Six dead in car crash in Isanti County

Six are dead after a head-on car accident early Sunday near Cambridge in Isanti County.
The accident occured at 2:40 a.m. on Hwy 95 when a Pontica Grand Am collided with a SUV reported WCCO.
The driver of the Pontiac is a 16-year-old girl from Isanti. She is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center and is in critical condition reported the Star Tribune.
The other passengers included a 15-year-old girl, 16 and 17-year-old boys, and a 21-year-old man were all killed reported WCCO.
The SUV, a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, caught fire, severly burning the two passengers killed in the crash reported the Star Tribune.
The State Patrol said there was an odor of alcohol in the car the teenagers were driving reported WCCO. The driver of the car just recieved her license weeks earlier.

European Union says skies may be safe

About a dozen test flights on Sunday are helping to determine if the European skies are safe for travel after massive ash deposits are delaying travel, but officials are still not sure yet.
Air traffic could return to 50 percent of normal levels by Monday reported the Star Tribune, but normal air traffic remains unclear.
Since the eruption from beneath southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier last week, alrines have been losing about $200 million a day reported CNN. As of Sunday, airlines have lost $1 billion worldwide.
About 80 percent of European airspace has been closed for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday reported the Star Tribune. Only 4,000 of 20,000 flights have been able airborne.

White supremacy rally in LA turns violent

A white supremacist group who rallied Saturday at Los Angeles City Hall drew a crowd of counter-protesters resulting in two beaten in brawls and rocks and bottles being thrown.
The rally was conducted by the National Socialist Movement and as counter-protesters began to flood downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department went on tactical alert reported the LA Times.
The group consisted of about 50 members wearing flack helmets and black military uniforms, shouting "Sieg Heil" and waving American flags and swastika banners reported WCCO.
The site of the rally was picked by the Detroit native group because of the high number of immigrants in Los Angles, reported WCCO. They accused immigrants of taking jobs and crime.
Two white supremacist men were injured and were treated for minor injuries and later released reported WCCO.
Three or four counter-protesters were arrested for throwing rocks and bottles, reported WCCO.

Two dead in murder-suicide in Columbia Heights

A married couple is dead after what police believe to be a murder-suicide Saturday morning in Columbia Heights on Central Avenue.
Police believe the husband shot the wife and then himself in the parking lot of Asia Chow Mein Restaurant reported WCCO. The couple lived only a couple of blocks from the restaurant.
Police have not officially identified the couple, but public record identifed them as Jozef Franz Tomasovic, 66, and Natalia Jurjevna, 55, reported the Star Tribune. Neither of them have a criminal record.
The restaurant stayed closed all morning and afternoon reported WCCO. The shooting occurred a half hour before the restaurant opened.

Car Crashes into Apartment in St. Cloud

A man lost control of his vehicle Wednesday morning and ran into an apartment building in St. Cloud.
Abdirashid Abdi lost control of his car, hitting a stop sign and a tree before hitting the apartment building located on 530 12th St. N. reported FOX9.
Abdi was transported to the emergency room to be treated for his minor injuries. He was cited for reckless driving reported WCCO.
The residents of the apartment, St. Cloud State sophomores Laura Nagorski and Tessa Hartman were at the apartment at the time of the accident reported FOX9. Neither one of the students was injured.
Police say that the Abdi was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident reported FOX9.

Earthquake in China kills 589

A series of earthquakes hit China's Qinghai province early Wednesday, killing 589 and injuring 10,000 residents.
The magnitude of the quake reached 6.9 at 7:49 a.m. reported CNN. There were a series of aftershocks within hours of the first, one recorded at 5.8 magnitude.
Several schools collapsed, such as Yushu Vocational School, as a result of the quake reported the Star Tribune, killing 56 students.
The Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao ordered officials to help the victims of the earthquake reported CNN. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu was sent to the site.
About 1,000 people have been taken from the rubble alive and sent to several different locations to be treated reported CNN.

Obama hosts summit on nuclear security

President Obama is hosting leaders from 46 countries starting Monday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., to focus on nuclear weapons and how to keep them away from terrorists.
This is the president's effort to take global action to secure nuclear materials and prevent the spreading of nuclear technology reported CNN.
President Obama held one-on-one meetings with some of the world leaders about nuclear security, including South Africa's president and the Indian prime minister reported WCCO.
The United States is negotiating with the United Nations Security Council to take greater action against Iran's nuclear ambitions reported CNN.
"The single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon," said Obama reported by WCCO.