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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.

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.

Japan's energy crisis

The lack of power and gasoline in Japan Thursday has slowed the economy and forced severe measures.

The largest fish market in the world is usually streaming with people and wholesalers but recently the blackouts have made the market nearly empty, NPR reported.

The earthquake and tsunami on March 11 has forced Japan into a dark age that could last up to a year due to electricity shortage, the LA Times reported.

The explosions and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear compound, the shutdown of other nuclear plants by Tokyo Electric Power Co. have decreased the supply of electricity by almost 30%, the LA Times reported.

Nearly 30% of the gas stations near Tokyo are also closed because they have no gas, the LA Times reported.

Baby born on I-94 in Wisconsin

A woman in labor stopped at Milepost 125 along interstate 94 Tuesday and gave birth before responders arrived.

A Wisconsin state trooper had responded to the report of the woman in labor in Jackson County about 12:10 a.m. but arrived after the baby was born, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Chippewa Herald says the mother and child were carried to the Black River Falls hospital by an ambulance, the Star Tribune reported.

UN Debates Libya Sanctions

Muammar Qaddafi told loyalists in Tripoli, Libya, that he is prepared to arm them Saturday to fight.

Rebels have taken hold of the eastern half of the coast in the towns of Zawiyah and Misurata, not far from Tripoli and important oil facilities, the New York Times reported.

"When needed, all the weapons stores will be opened," Qaddafi told a crowd in Green Square Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it's time for Qaddafi to leave, and the U.S. and allies are working on ways to stop the violence in Libya without using the military, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Energy drinks may still cause problems for the young

Energy drinks have lots of caffeine and similar ingredients Monday that cause dangerous side effects for children and young adults, according to the medical journal Pediatrics.

Caffeine and these similar ingredients cause side effects such as heart palpitations and seizures, reported Fox 9.

About half of young adults drink energy drinks that contain caffeine, guarana, taurine and L-carnitine, but children who have heart conditions or ADHD can be more sensitive to the side effects, reported NPR.

"These drinks have no benefit, no place in the diet of kids," said Dr. Marcie Schneider, an adolescence medicine specialist, to Fox 9.

Egyptian Military will stick to Israel peace deal

Egyptian President Mubarak has resigned Saturday but protesters still remain in Cairo's Tahrir Square so the military will ensure their freedoms.

The military rulers vowed to keep the Israel peace treaty and give power to a newly elected government, reported the Star Tribune.

Mubarak resigned Friday, and people have started to return to their daily lives: Vehicles are being towed away, streets are being cleaned, and damages to Tahrir Square are being fixed, reported NPR.

The military, the protesters, and Mubarak's regime will be the main three powers building Egypt's future, reported the Star Tribune.

Protesters pledge to rally until Mubarak leaves

Thousands of protesters gathered peacefully Friday, in Cairo, to demonstrate the people's wish that Mubarak leave.

Tahrir Square was filled with anti-government protesters who were determined to have Mubarak leave, after the pro-regime rioters attacked them on Wednesday, reported the Detroit Free Press.

Soldiers checked IDs and did body searches to reduce weapons in the square; while, protesters are hoping the size and peaceful attitude of the rally will help initiate Mubarak step down, reported NPR.

NPR reported that the Obama administration and European Union leaders are pressuring Mubarak to resign, and create a transition where a council can create a permanent constitution to form political parties and other freedoms.

Sharing Breast Milk, Is it Safe?

The FDA approved formula is put aside, Monday, as mothers search for donated human milk because it is the most healthy way to feed their babies.

The Food and Drug Administration said that sharing untreated breast milk increases babies risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and other diseases, reported NPR.

This does not stop people from buying human milk because there is no better way for babies to build immunities against infection, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, reported CBS News.

CBS said these concerns about untreated milk can be prevented by purchasing from a human-milk banking system with licensed facilities, where milk is pasteurized and tested.

Lindsey Ward told NPR that she would need a prescription for a milk-bank and that it was over $3.50 per ounce, which lead her to a Facebook group called Eats on Feets where she didn't have to pay as much.

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