Dilemma for North Korea food aid

The United Nations warns that a quarter of the population in North Korea could be at risk of starvation Tuesday because the public distribution system will run out of food in May, NPR reported.

Since the 1990s, the South Korean government released the estimation of food shortages based on simulation tests in February, and it said that North Korea would need an extra 1.29 million tons of food this year, the Korea Herald reported.

The World Food Program asked the international community for 434,000 tons of food assistance to support children and pregnant women in North Korea, the Korea Herald reported.

U.S. officials are considering whether to resume food aid, but it is politically sensitive because of North Korea's attacks on a South Korean island late last year, NPR reported.

The Brooklyn shooter was identified before killing himself near the U of M

The gunman accused of murdering two co-workers at a Metro area grocery store Friday was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Monday, KARE 11 reported.

Aaron L. Parson, 23, of Brooklyn Park died Friday night of a gunshot wound to the head after fleeing to Minneapolis near the Mississippi River, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, the Star Tribune reported.

Officers from three metro-area police forces roped off busy parts of the University's West Bank on Friday night, searching for the suspect, the MN Daily reported.

Michael Habte, 21, and girlfriend, Abigail M. Fedeli, 20, were both fatally shot by Parson, the Star Tribune reported.

Habte was shot multiple times and died in surgery at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and Fedeli was shot once in the neck, the medical examiner told the Star Tribune.

Japan's fishing industry could be hurt by radiation

Radioactive water is pouring into the sea Tuesday and Japan's fishing industry is taking another hit because many fishermen have lost their homes and boats already.

The contaminated water prompted the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation allowed in fish and this raises concerns about the safety of seafood, especially sushi, MSNBC reported.

Most experts and authorities agree that the radioactive water will dissipate and pose no immediate threat to sea creatures or people who eat them, the Star Tribune reported.

Japan sent the world $2.3 billion worth of seafood last year, even though it imports more fish than it exports, the Star Tribune reported.

St. Louis Park prinicpal removed

A St. Louis Park school principal has been placed on leave Tuesday and a replacement was chosen keeping student safety and achievement in mind, the Star Tribune reported.

The Aquila Elementary School principal Freida Bailey was placed on leave, KARE 11 reported.

The district will not release any other details about why Bailey was placed on leave, but Clarence Pollock is the interim principal at Aquila, KARE 11 reported.

The district said that the top priority is student safety and achievement, and that the environment should be supportive and educational, the Star Tribune reported.

Three University of Minnesota students have competed against 74,000 applicants and are still in the run for the "tiger blood" internship Monday.

The University students are still competing with 250 to 500 other people that are trying to obtain Sheen's paid social media internship, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Josh Schreiner, Andrew Wagner and Shanna Henderson hope to make the next cut and be in the top 50, Fox 9 reported.

The winner will work full-time for eight weeks with Sheen to maintain his social media platforms, Fox 9 reported.

Obama launches 2012 reelection campaign

President Barack Obama launched his 2012 reelection campaign Monday and recognizes that the grass-roots army that helped him get to the White House needs repair and rejuvenation, the Washington Post reported.

Obama told supporters to gather and protect the change he has made over the past two years in his first White House term, the Star Tribune reported.

The advisers to Obama said that a victory will rely on their ability to re-energize volunteers, bring together the unusual coalition of African Americans, Latinos, young people, women and college-educated white voters that previously backed Obama, the Washington Post reported.

The campaign will be filing paperwork to allow raising money that could be a record-breaking haul of more than $1 billion that will be based in Chicago, the Star Tribune reported.

Hackers take email list from banks and credit-car issuers

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Hackers broke into systems at banks and credit-card issuers to take emails and names of customers from lists of major businesses Monday.

The companies are warning customers about fraudulent emails that will try to obtain account login information, the Star Tribune reported.

A Dallas-based company called Epsilon, that manages email communications, had a security breach that allowed hackers to take the email addresses and names, the Star Tribune reported.

Some of the major businesses include Best Buy, US Bank, Ameriprise Financial, and Walgreens, Fox 9 reported.

Foster father pleads guilty in child's death

A St. Paul foster care provider charged in connection to the 2009 drowning death of a 18-month-old girl pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday in Ramsey County District court, the Star Tribune reported.

Daniel Lee Wright, 51, admitted that the government likely had the evidence it needed for a jury to convict him under the terms of an Alford plea, the Pioneer Press reported.

Wright agreed that Brianna Rose Jackson was small for her age but denied that she was unsteady in a sitting position because of developmental delays, and that she often toppled over when reaching for something, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the plea agreement, Wright would have 10 years of probation and be sentenced six months to a year in jail, the Star Tribune reported.

Afghanistan mob protests Koran burning

At least seven foreigners killed by an angry mob that stormed the United Nations compound in northern Afghanistan Friday, as a protest over a recent Koran burning in Florida.

The crowd attacked the U.N headquarters in Mazar-i-sharif and killed guards who tried to fight them off, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The crowd gathered to denounced the actions of Terry Jones, a preacher from Florida, who burned the Islamic holy book on a grill last month, the Washington Post reported.

Witnesses told the Washington Post that the crowd contained some armed men that threw rocks, burned U.S. flags and chanted anti-U.S. slogans.

Minnesota teen will face separate trials

A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa Wednesday will face separate trials for the incident that took place in November, the Pioneer Press reported.

Michael Swanson, 17, of St. Louis Park faces two sets of first-degree murder and robbery in Algona, Iowa, KARE 11 reported.

Kossuth County District Judge David Lester ruled Tuesday that he can't merge the trials because the crimes were committed in different counties and different judicial districts, KARE 11 reported.

The attorney for Swanson said that the trials should be merged because they plan to use the insanity defense for both cases, the Pioneer Press reported.