April 2010 Archives

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.

Phil Mickelson wins Masters; Third green jacket

Phil Mickelson wins the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National on Sunday after a long year with his wife battling breast cancer.
This was the Lefty's third green jacket of his career reported WCCO.
Mickelson made on last birdie on the 18th hole for the three-shot victory over Lee Westwood reported the Star Tribune.
Westwood has placed third in the last two tournaments, the British Open and the PGA Championship reported WCCO.
It was an emotional finish for Mickelson as he won the title for his family, reported the Star Tribune. His wife, Amy, was diagnosed with break cancer 11 months ago and his mother is also battling breast cancer.
Amy was at the 18th hole embracing her husband after his win reported WCCO.

Eden Prairie High School Web site hacked

The Eden Prairie High School Web site was temporarily disabled Sunday after hackers posted a video, a picture of the Turkish flag and a handgun.
The Web site was immediately disabled when offcials heard of the hacking and will be reinstated after the issue has been solved reported WCCO.
The hacking has not only affected Eden Prairie High School's site, but more than 100 different sites around the world, reported the Star Tribune.
"Hacked by SilentAssault" was written at the top of the site when it was hacked with a five-minute video of a man holding up two fingers and other messages in a different language reported WCCO. Below the video, there was also a picture of the Turkish flag and a black handgun.
The hacking did not access school district data or affect school district servers or systems reported the Star Tribune.

Poland's president's body arrives home

Many fled to Warsaw to meet the body of President Lech Kaczynski as it arrived at the presidential palace Sunday after he and other political figures died in a plane crash.
Kaczynski's daughter and twin brother gathered with tens of thousands of other Poles for a two-minute-long moment of silence for the president and the 95 others killed in the crash, reported CNN.
There has not been a date set for the funeral reported the Star Tribune.
The plane crashed Saturday morning near Smolensk in Russia, reported CNN. Kaczynski's wife and top military officials were also killed.
Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski has been named acting president reported CNN. Elections will now be held within the next 60 days.

U of M student stabbed; in stable condition

A 23-year-old student at the University of Minnesota was stabbed Monday evening in an attempted robbery.
The stabbing occurred in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood near campus at around 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Sixth Street SE reported the Star Tribune.
The student was out jogging when the suspect approached him, telling him to empty his pockets. When he replied that he did not have anything on him, the suspect attacked and stabbed him reported the Star Tribune.
The attacker has been described as a white male in his late 30s, with a graying beard, wearing a green jacket with a white hooded sweatshirt reported WCCO.
The student is in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center reported the Star Tribune.

Numbers Analysis

The article I found for my Number Analysis is about employee wages from CNN Money.
The reporter uses numbers in several different ways. First, he uses them to simply express the amount of money the person earns. Second, he uses percentages to show the increase of wages. Third, he uses them to express income and security tax.
The numbers are not overwhelming because they are so vital to the story that they are needed to understand the issue he is presenting.
The reporter did have to crunch numbers to present the material the best way he could. There were a lot of percent change calculations to understand the increase in a better way.
All the numbers are sourced properly, He either got the numbers from a specific source that he interviewed or they were numbers such as income tax and security tax that he researched and found and cited properly.

White supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, was killed Saturday on his farm in South Africa.
The 69-year-old leader of the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in Ventersdrop, South Africa reported CNN.
Two of Terreblanche's farm workers, ages 21 and 16, turned themselves into authorities and will be in court on Tuesday reported CNN.
South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation urging for calm and unity fearing racial tension because of the death reported the BBC.
President Zuma expressed condolences to Terreblanche's wife and daughter and condemned the "cowardly" murder reported the BBC.

The iPad: Now on Sale

The highly anticipated gadget from Apple Inc., the iPad, went on sale Saturday as thousands lined up to purchase one.
Buyer were excited for the lightweight, portable computer that is a cross between a netbook and a smart phone, and some were not exactly sure what the iPad can do, reported CNN.
The iPad has the ability to read electronic books, watch videos, and has many applications to choose from like games, reported the Star Tribune.
It is one-half inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds and has a large touch screen that is 9.7 inches diagonally, three times the size of an iPhone, reported the Star Tribune.
Prices of the iPad range from $499-$829 depending on the amount of storage space and the decision between Wi-Fi connection only or Wi-Fi connection plus AT&T's 3G Network, reported CNN.
The iPad only went on sale in the United States on Saturday. It will go on sale in late April to Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and others reported CNN.

Plane crashes after take-off near Eden Prarie

A pilot and passenger survived after their plane crashed near Flying Cloud airport in Eden Prarie on Thursday.
The Beechcraft 95 Travel Air took off at 2:41 p.m. when it lost power according to the Star Tribune.
The plane was en route to New Richmond, Wisc., but crashed near the intersection of Riverview Road and Flying Cloud Drive and into the Minnesota River reported WCCO.
Hennepin County Medical Center spokesperson, Christine Hill, said pilot Alvin Bipes, 56, and passenger Timothy Jacobsen, 58, are in satisfactory condition reported the Star Tribune.
It is still unclear why the plan lost power, but the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reported WCCO.

Petters seeks four year sentence

Minnesota businessman, Tom Petters, is seeking a four year prison sentence instead of the 335-year government request.
Petter's defense attorneys filed a brief on Thursday stating the 335-year sentence request "absurd," reported the Star Tribune.
The businessman will be sentenced next Thursday on 20 counts of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy for a Ponzi scheme that cost investors $3.65 billion, reported Minnesota Public Radio.
Defense attorneys Paul Engh and Jon Hopeman base the four year sentence off of New York financier Bernard Madoff's sentence of 150 years, reported the Star Tribune.
Maddof's fraud was $21 billion which defense attorneys calculated 2 1/3 years for each billion in losses reported the Star Tribune.
Engh and Hopeman used this calculation to decide that Petters deserves a little over 4 years in prison reported the Star Tribune.
Federal prosecutors filed a response Thursday stating that Petters is "unrepentant and unworthy of the court's mercy, reported MPR.

Kansas abortion doctor's killer sentenced

The anti-abortion supporter who murdered a U.S. doctor who performed late-term abortions in May 2009, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 50 years.
Scott Roeder, 52, was facing a minimum mandatory life sentence for killing Dr. George Tiller at his church last year reported the Star Tribune.
Roder confessed to the court that he had agonized over his decision to kill Tiller, but ultimately decided to so the doctor could not "kill again," reported CNN.
Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert had the decision to give Roeder 25 or 50 years for parole eligibility and ultimately decided 50 years because of Roeder's past of stalking the doctor reported the Star Tribune.
The prosecutors fought for a life sentence with no parole eligibility reported CNN.

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