A year after last year's tsunami in March, a boy's football was found in Alaska and will be returned to its rightful owner, a Japanese 16-year-old, according to BBC News.

Misaki Murakami who lives in Rikuzen-takata had his name written on the ball, which was a gift from his friends. Murakami has no other known belongings from the tsunami incident, BBC News reported.

Associated Press reported that the ball was a goodbye gift in 2005 when he was changing schools.

The couple who found the ball, David and Yumi Baxter won't deliver the ball directly because they are "reluctant to visit him" and afraid of causing too much of a commotion, according to Associated Press.

Google founders and James Cameron have created a company whose objective will be to search for natural resoruces outside of Earth, according to The Register.

Planetary Resources, started by Google co-founder Larry Page, Google chairman Eric Schmidth, Google board member K. Ram Shriram, James Cameron, former Microsoft employees Charles Simonyi and Ross Perot, Jr. will be announced officially in Seattle on Tuesday.

According to Fox News, asteroid mining can be done in various forms from sending people directly to an asteroid in a spacecraft to explore or to created a robotic device to direct or transport the asteroid closer to Earth to make it more reachable.

Natural resources that could be found can be water, oxygen and metals, Fox wrote. NASA wrote a study that estimated a robotic spacecraft sent into space to bring an asteroid back to orbit would cost at least $2.6 billion.

Guthrie Theater 2012 lineup stirs debate

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The Guthrie Theater announced 11 plays for its main stages Monday which caught a wave of protest concerning diversity issues, according to the Star Tribune.

Evidently of the current list, only one play will be co-directed by a woman. There is no play written by a woman or person of color as of this time, according to the Tribune.

Among the list will be two Shakespeare productions and a Pulitzer-Prize winning work, according to MPR.

Executive director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance Leah Cooper said the lack of diversity was "insulting and degrading," the Tribune wrote.

But Guthrie director Joe Dowling said the the announcement on Monday was "incomplete" and that more directors are to be hired. "It is too narrow a perspective to see bias in one particular season," he told Star Tribune.

Controversy surrounding potential Minnesota wolf hunt

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Just about three months after wolves were de-listed from the Endangered Species Act in January, there is talk that wolves may be hunted this year to control population, according to KARE11.

Now, the population of wolves in Minnesota is about 3,000 when, at its lowest, used to be three to six hundred. KARE11 wrote.

Those for wolf hunting think that it will help limit the number of wolves that kill farm animals, MPR wrote.

Currently, the bill condoning the wolf hunt is put on hold for political reasons due to a "spat between two influential state senators" State Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandra and Sen. Tom Bakk, according to MPR.

If it passes, the bill would begin wolf hunting season in November.

Robert Shimek, a tribal activist and member of the Red Lake tribe, said, "One of my greatest concerns is if we start taking out the alpha male and alpha female from these packs, essentially what we're doing is leaving pack management up to a bunch of juveniles." Shimek believes this would make wolves more problematic, he told KARE11.

Possible abduction of 6-year-old girl from Arizona

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Search for a missing 6-year-old girl from Tuscon, Arizone continues Sunday on its second day, according to Reuters.

Isabel Mercedes Celis is believed, by authorities, to have been taken from her bedroom on Saturday morning. Celis was last seen Friday night at bedtime.

Tuscon police said the child has no history of running away and denied to disclose the condition of the room or which family member found her missing, according to Reuters.

Investigators also think there are "suspicious circumstances" that indicate a possible entry point at Celises home in Tuscon, Arizona, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The little girl lives with her mother, father, and two older brothers, police said according to Reuters. Her parents are not considered as possible suspects due to their cooperation.

It is believed by family friend Mary Littlehorn that friends and family believe that the abductor is someone who has "been watching Isa for some amount of time to know where her bedroom is," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Australian toads subjected to mass slaughter

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Cane toads, first introduced to Australian as a pest control is now become a pest, according to Fox News.

The number of Cane toads in Australia is about 200 million already and they were first brought in about 75 years ago, according to BBC News.

According to Fox News, there is an event called "Toad's Day Out" which involves inviting the public in helping to exterminate them

On Thursday, a Michigan man received the first artificial and portable heart transplant in Rochester, Minn., according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Alvin Carter wears the device, known as the Freedom Driver, that keeps him alive strapped to his back in a 13-pound backpack, MPR wrote.

Carter, 51, was the first person in Minnesota to have an artificial heart transplant in Minnesota. The surgery occurred on March 9 by Mayo doctors.

Dr. Lyle Joyce, who performed as the surgeon for Carter's surgery, was one of the surgeons who implanted the Jarvik 7 artificial heart in dentist Barney Clark in 1982.

Carter will remain in Minnesota for about a month for a follow-up with doctors before heading home to his family in Michigan, according to MPR.

The Star Tribune laid emphasis on Carter's background of his heart condition, amyloidosis, a blood disorder that can damage the heart and other organs, as well as a brief description of the history and progress of artificial hearts in the medicinal industry.

Dog guards passing cars to protect fatally hit dog

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A black Labrador retriever "braved traffic" to remain at another dog's side who was hit and killed by a car Saturday morning in La Puente, Calif., according to the New York Daily News.

Cones were put up surrounding the duo by a passing motorist who took pictures and videos of the incident.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control said that the black Labrador is 2-years-old and is now put up for adoption due not being claimed by anyone.

CBS Los Angeles said that Baldwin Park Animal Shelter where Grace, the black lab who earned her name for her loyalty, is currently being held is expecting a line of people who are looking to adopt her. Six people have already expressed interest.

Instagram, a major Android hit in 6 days

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Instagram Android receives five billion downloads in a mere six days after its release, according to USA Today.

On Apr. 9, Facebook bought the 13-employee company for $1 billion, making the split among employees about $76 million each.

According to the L.A. Times, the success of Android's Instagram is minute in comparison to when it was released to the iPhone; it took about six months to achieve the same milestone as Instagram Android.

Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the purchase of Instagram, as L.A. Times incorporated: "It's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together."

In both articles, it was mentioned that Zuckerberg claims to keep the company independent.

Analysis: Diversity

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This is an article that concerns those who make up the low-income class.

In terms of stereotyping, a student named Chris and I discussed about how this article was doing the exact opposite of stereotyping. It diverts from the stereotype that "all poor people do not want to work" or that "all poor people don't like to work".

In fact, it illustrates quite the opposite. The article claims that there is a 90% repayment rate for their cars, which clearly shows that people who enroll in this program do want to work.

The article demolishes the stereotypes surrounding poor people as it illustrates the good that can come from programs like this (in getting people to work) and their ability to be financially responsible.

Chris is a student who works as night security in a dorm on the St. Cloud State University campus.