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A 5-year-old boy fatally shot his 2-year-old sister after firing a rifle he had gotten as a gift, Ky. state officials said.

Caroline S. was in her home in Burkesville, Ky., when her brother fired the rifle he had been given as a birthday present. The incident happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times said.

CNN reported the shooting, which took Caroline's life, has been ruled an accident, Kentucky State Police Trooper, Billy Gregory, said. Young children in the area are introduced to guns at an early age, he said.

The children's mother has just stepped outside he house for a moment. Caroline was pronounced dead at Cumberland County Hospital, the Los Angeles Times said.

Caroline's death comes after two other incidents involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old Tennessee boy fatally shot a 48-year-old woman, and a few days later 6-year-old Brandon Hold as killed in New Jersey after his 4-year-old playmate shot him in the head, CNN said.

The rifle used was a Crickett, a company whose slogan is, "My First Rifle." It is a .22-caliber rifle, and one shot was enough to kill a 2-year-old girl. It is a single-shot rifle and it has a child safety, CNN said.

In Kentucky, it is legal to give a child a rife as a gift, Cumberland County Coroner Gary L. White said. It is not unusual for children to have rifles, he said.


**Cannot find if the last name of this family is STARKS or SPARKS, because it is used differently from article to article. I used Caroline S., to avoid confusion.

Associated Press Twitter Hacked: Notable

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The Associated Press's Twitter was hacked on Tuesday, sending the stock market into a tailspin.

The tweet that sent the market into a downward spiral read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured via @AP," NPR said.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 130 points seconds after the tweet, but bounced back quickly after the rumors were debunked, NPR said.

A group of hackers claimed responsibility for the hoax. The hackers were allegedly loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. They sent out a tweet saying:
"Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama," USA Today said.

This tweet came at a delicate time for America, just eight days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Associated Press suspended their Twitter account and is currently working to correct the issue, USA Today said.

The wire service also said its mobile Twitter account was hacked, and all of its account has been shut down, USA Today said.

Boston Bombing Suspects Located: Notable

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One suspect is dead, and the other in critical condition on Saturday after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 19-years-old. He was shot in the throat on Friday, and is now unable to speak. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other authorities said they might never be able to interview him, the Chicago Tribune said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the older brother of Dzhokhar. Tamerlan died after a shootout with police on Friday in Watertown, Mass., the New York Times said.

Tamerlan made a trip to Northern Russia. He visited Chechnya and Dagestan, which are Muslim republics, and both of the regions have active militant separatist movements. The trips made by Tamerlan signified to the FBI that he might be linked to extremist groups in the region, the New York Times said.

After Tamerlan returned from Russia, the FBI interviewed him because the Russian security services believed he followed radical Islam. At that time the FBI did not find any signs of terroristic activity. The FBI is now also in question, the Chicago Tribune said.

Tamerlan's mother said that he had been under FBI surveillance for years, and his uncle said he had noticed a change in Tamerlan's religious beliefs in 2009, the Chicago Tribune said.

Dzhokhar became a naturalized American citizen last year, and Tamerlan was still working toward citizenship. The two men's father said Tamerlan visited Russia last year to renew his passport, the New York Times said.

Dzhokar was at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Sunday, and his announcement on charged could come late Sunday, U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.

An abortion doctor based out of Philadelphia, accused of killing newborn babies, was on trial Friday.

Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing many fetuses while performing illegal late-term abortions at his clinic Women's Medical Society. He allegedly cut the spinal cords of seven newborn babies, Business Insider said.

Gosnell would allegedly drug the mothers with the painkiller Demerol. He and his untrained staff killed at least one patient with a lethal dose. The clinic was allegedly filthy and disgusting, Business Insider reported.

Gosnell and eight of his unlicensed former employees are on trial. Three of whom pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, the Washington Post said.

Unlicensed front desk workers handed out drugs at the front desk to induce labor in the patients, the Washington Post said.

The grand jury estimated Gosnell made $1.8 million a year, charging $3,000 for each late-term abortion. Gosnell also wrote illegal prescriptions and, according to a law enforcement agent, he was one of the top three prescribers of the painkiller, Oxycontin, Business Insider said.

Brittney Griner to NBA?:Notable

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It had been rumored that the 6'8", All-American center for the Baylor women's basketball team will join the NBA, thanks to an offer by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Sports Illustrated said the offer came about after some comments made by Cuban last Wednesday. Cuban tweeted at Griner about joining the Mavericks and she tweeted him back, "When is tryouts?"

Griner will play for the WNBA this year. She is the No. 1 draft pick for the Women's National Basketball Association, and is expected to be picked by the Phoenix Mercury on April 15, the Los Angeles Times said.

Being a woman in the NBA doesn't come without stipulations though. "They are strong, definitely bigger than me," Griner said when talking about NBA players, the Los Angles Times reported.

Sports Illustrated said, women's basketball coaches questioned Cubans offer. Duke coach Joanne McAllie said "There is simply no way on earth that will happen. It's a silly thing." Connecticult coach Geno Auriemma said, "The fact that a woman could actually play right now in the NBA and compete successfully against the level of play that they have is absolutely ludicrous."

Griner is ready and willing to take on the NBA. "I can hold my own," she said, "I'll try too. I'm not going to back down from a challenge," Sports Illustrated reported.

A dentist in Tulsa, Okla. is accused of infecting as many as 7,000 patients by sterilizing improperly, investigations found on Friday.

A deeper examination after complaints of Wayne Scott Harrington's dental practice found that needles were being handled improperly, and perhaps being reused and dental tools were sterilized with bleach, which caused them to rust, CNN said.

CNN also said, Harrington allegedly allowed unlicensed employees to perform intravenous sedation of the patients. The complaint issued said Harrington's dental assistants also did not have permits.

The investigation started after the health department informed the dentistry board to the potential hepatitis C infection coming from his practice, ABC News said.

The Tulsa Health Department sent 7,000 letters to patients of Harrington, informing them of the investigation and advising the patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, ABC News said.

Harrington voluntarily gave up his state dental license and any other permits he had--such as anesthesia permits and medications--two days after the health officials inspected his office as part of their investigation, CNN said.

The Tulsa Health Department will set up a free clinic to test patients on the first of April, ABC said.

Vikings Sign Greg Jennings: Story of my Choosing

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A former Green Bay Packer will turn to purple and gold as a Viking.

In perhaps one of the bitterest rivalries in NFL football, Greg Jennings, and wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers signed a contract with the Vikings. The contract guarantees Jennings $18 million and a maximum value of $47.5 million, ESPN said.

The Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawkslast week, and needed a receiver that could make plays, so they turned to Jennings a free-agent.

Jennings was the Packers all-time top 10 in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He averaged about 1,000 yards a season, NFL.com said.

There are a few worries about signing Jennings though. The first is his age, he's 29-years-old, which is on the old side, at least in NFL years. He also has had a number of injuries, which include; torn abdominal muscles, and a sprained knee, ESPN said.

Jennings justified his trade in a statement to ESPN. He said, "You can just get a sense that he [Christian Ponder, Vikings QB] needed a little more around him to give him some help, Hopefully, I can help him a little bit."

St. Thomas Academy wins 1A state title, and Edina wins 2A state title on Saturday.

For the 1A, St. Thomas Academy defeated Hermantown despite trailing 4-2 after the second period at the Xcel Energy Center. With a final score of 5-4, it is their third win in three years. The school's overall record was 27-2-2, with the team losing only to Hill Murray and Minnetonka, According to The Mendota Heights Patch

Top scorers for St. Thomas Academy were Matt Perry with three goals, and Tom Novak with one in the final game, The Patch said.

For the 2A title, Edina beat No. 1 Hill-Murray 4-2. It is Edina's eighth hockey title in the school's history. Edina's record stood at 25-6-0 and they were the third seed coming into the State championship, MPR reported

The top scorer for Edina was Cullen Munson with two goals. The goaltender, Willie Benjamin stopped 25 shots from top-ranked Hill Murray, MPR said.

Next year, St. Thomas Academy will be moving up to the 2A class, and will go against high-ranked teams like Hill-Murray, Edina, Shattuck St. Mary's, and Duluth East.

University of Minnesota Staffing Costs: UMN news

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An analysis done by a New York consulting firm results in the University of Minnesota looking deeper into the cost of administration.

University President, Dr. Eric Kaler, hired the New York-based Sibson Consulting in response to an article written by the Wall Street Journal that used the U as an example of exponential growth of administrative costs according to the Star Tribune

The article written in the Wall Street Journal gave some percentages such as, "administrators consume 24% of the payroll, up from 20% in 2001," and "The school [University of Minnesota] employs 353 people earning more than $200,000 a year."

The first analysis done by Sibson Consulting which covered human resources, finance, information technology and purchasing said the U "could improve" its staffing per each supervisor the Star Tribune reported.

Star Tribune also said the report also included a bit of salary data. In the finance department, supervisors make up to 27 percent of the University employees and about 38 percent of the administrative payroll. The average salary for a supervisor in the financial office: $103,000.

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