October 2011 Archives

by Sarah See

New Americans waved small flags Friday after taking the oath of the U.S. citizenship at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Associated Press.

There were 125 immigrants from 46 countries who pledged to renounce foreign power and posed for photos with their citizenship certificates on the statue's 125th anniversary, according to the Associated Press.

The anniversary celebrations were marked by a series of official speeches and webcams that streamed video footage from the torch, according to CNN.

With a 3-2-1 countdown, the webcams streamed panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and Liberty Island, according to the Associated Press.

The Statue of Liberty, given as a gift from France to the U.S., symbolizes the friendship between the two countries and their shared love of liberty, according to the Associated Press.

President Glover Cleveland dedicated the statue on Oct. 28, 1886, and it also came to symbolize hope and promise for many in America's post-Civil War period, according to the news reports.

The idea for the monument, which is more than 305 feet tall, is thought to have been conceived at a 19th-century dinner party of French aristocrats who wanted to pay tribute to American liberty, historians said.

More than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, according to the U.S. National Park Service.

Although Liberty Island will remain open, the statue's interior is being closed for renovations for about a year starting Saturday, according to the National Park Service.

Student shot at North Carolina high school

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by Sarah See

A 15-year-old girl was shot Monday outside her North Carolina high school, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

Catilyn Abercrombie was shot in the neck after walking out of the cafeteria around 1:30 p.m. during a lunch period at Cape Fear High School, according to CNN and the Associated Press.

The high school and nearby Mac Williams Middle School were put on lockdown for hours, and police escorted students out of one school in a single file line with their hands up, according to the news reports.

Police arrested two teenagers after viewing the school's surveillance video that showed them carrying a rifle inside, according to the Associated Press.

A 15-year-old, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to the Associated Press.

Ta'Von McLaurin, 18, who was assigned a public defender at a brief hearing Tuesday, is charged with felony aiding and abetting, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators do not think Abercrombie was the intended target, and no motive has been established, Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said.

Abercrombie, who is being treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and using a ventilator to breathe, went from stable to critical condition Tuesday, detectives said.

Abercrombie may need a second surgery to repair the bullet's damage, Cumberland County police spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

The school district called parents to notify them of the incident, according to CNN.

The high school has metal detectors, but Butler did not know if they are in daily use, according to the Associated Press.

Last rare rhino in Vietnam killed by poacher

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by Sarah See

Vietnam's Javan rhinoceros was declared extinct Tuesday after poachers killed the country's last animal for its horns, the World Wildlife Fund said to CNN.

Vietnam's last known rhino was found dead April 2010 in Cat Tien National Park, shot through the leg with its horn chopped off, the WWF said to the Associated Press.

The country had been struggling to keep the shrinking rhino population alive amid threats to the animal's habitat, such as land conversion, a rising local population, widespread poaching, and a lack of effective park management and patrols, according to the news reports.

The rhino's habitat had been cut in half to about 74,000 acres since 1988, according to the Star Tribune.

Trying to bring the rhinoceros back into Vietnam is "not economically or practically feasible," Dr. Christy Williams, WWF's Asian Elephant and Rhino Program Coordinator, said.

Global demand for rhino horn has increased in recent years, and a small crushed amount can be worth hundreds of dollars on the black market, according to the Star Tribune.

Although there has been no scientific proof, people in certain parts of Asia believe grinding down and dissolving the horns in boiling water can help treat typhoid fever or cancer, the WWF said.

One population of less than 50 animals, the last known living members of the species, exists in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia, according to the conservation group.

Teacher sentenced for running over toddler

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by Sarah See

A St. Paul teacher was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail for running over a 2-year-old while driving drunk, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Hamjatta Baba Fofana, 53, who struck a toddler in an East Side apartment building parking lot in April, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit, according to the Star Tribune.

Police were called April 10 to 1311 Conway St. at 4:12 p.m., where a Honda hit a girl and left the scene, according to the Pioneer Press.

The girl's father said his daughter, Rosie Ortega, was playing behind him in the parking lot when her mother saw a car hit her, according to the criminal complaint.

The father pulled the Honda's emergency brake, and the mother pulled her daughter from under the car, the complaint said.

After Fofana walked off, he returned and drove east to his apartment complex, where police found him and subdued him with a Taser, according to the charges.

The girl was missing a quarter-size portion of her scalp and spent three days in the hospital, according to the news reports.

Fofana pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation in September, as part of a plea deal that dismissed two other counts, one which was a felony, according to the Star Tribune.

Ramsey County District Judge Robyn Millenacker fined Fofana $3,000, put him on probation for two years, and gave him three days of custody credit, according to both news reports.

Fofana, who has been teaching English as a Second Language at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-8 Magnet School, is eligible to serve the time on home electronic monitoring, according to the Star Tribune.

Fofana remains on paid administrative leave, and no decisions have been made about his employment, Toya Stewart Downey, a spokeswoman for the St. Paul school district, said.

Scissor-stabbing man at group home charged

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by Sarah See

A delusional St. Paul man was charged Friday with intentional second-degree murder for stabbing a cross-dresser to death with a pair of scissors, according to the Star Tribune and Associated Press.

Anthony Jay Haukos, 44, killed an acquaintance, Thomas Grover Stein, 61, Thursday night at a group home for the mentally ill, according to the charges filed.

Police were called to Stein's residence near the intersection of Capitol Heights and Winter Street around 9:30 p.m., after Stein called a mental health practitioner and reported an unruly man in his apartment, according to the Star Tribune.

After nobody responded to police's arrival at apartment No. 2, one officer looked through a window on the south side of the building and saw what appeared to be a middle-aged woman covered in blood on the floor, the complaint said.

The suspect was lying curled up behind the victim, caressing the body with his right hand that held scissors, according to the Star Tribune.

When a second officer arrived, the suspect looked at the officer and then stabbed the unresponsive victim twice in the neck, the complaint said.

Several officers with backups kicked in the door of the apartment-style house and arrested Haukos after a struggle, according to the Star Tribune.

Haukos, who was repeatedly yelling and making religious-themed statements, was subdued and taken to Regions Hospital, where he told a nurse he was the devil and the victim was a witch who he had to kill because "she could bring back the dead and he couldn't let that happen," the complaint said.

The victim was identified as Stein, who dressed like and preferred to be known as a woman, according to court papers.

Stein died at the scene, due to blood loss from multiple stab wounds to the neck, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's preliminary findings.

by Sarah See

A public hearing took place Monday night in a story by the Star Tribune about the Roseville City Council voting to approve the paving of an unfinished section of Ramsey County Road C2.

The role the meeting itself played in the story was important because it provided the basis for the story and the event that led up to the voting to finish the road.

The story was not completely a recap because it included information beyond the scope of the meeting.

The story's focus was mostly on the debate of plans for development in the proposed areas and the controversy over completing the road projects.

One issue it highlighted was the concerns of the residents related to traffic patterns and the predicted increase of vehicles in their surrounded areas.

Also, it covered a range of issues because it stated the outcome of the vote, residents' cases for and against the road completion, some background on the debate, and relevant numbers (i.e. costs, a study predicting when there will be an increase or decrease of vehicles, and when the work will begin).

The story is an advance of the meeting because it gave more information about the overall issue, beyond the step-by-step account of what took place during the meeting.

The reporter got the information most likely from attending the meeting at City Hall and by taking note of what residents--proponents, opponents and people who are members of groups, such as Share C2--said during the public hearing.

Aside from residents and a city engineer, the sources tapped for the story included may have been the Roseville City Council and records and other documents of the council and city regarding their past meetings, plans for road projects, budget, and construction schedule or calendar.

Salmonella cases linked to Minnesota organic egg farm

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by Sarah See

At least six people in the Twin Cities have gotten sick from salmonella linked to a Minnesota organic egg farm, agriculture and health officials said Thursday.

The Minnesota Agriculture Department traced the salmonella to eggs in several thousand cartons produced or packaged at the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, according to the Star Tribune and Associated Press.

Three of six people, children and adults, who fell ill from Aug. 12 to Sept. 14 were hospitalized but have since recovered, health officials said.

The farm distributed eggs under the brands Lunds & Byerly's Organic and Kowalski's Organic in cartons of six, 12 and 18 to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and food-service companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, state officials said.

The farm also sold to other markets and co-ops across the metro area, according to the Star Tribune.

Farmer Larry Schultz voluntarily recalled the eggs, and stores quickly removed them, after the trace-back evidence from an investigation by state and federal agencies was strong enough, linking the eggs to his operation, according to the Star Tribune.

Environmental tests conducted last Friday at Schultz's barn, where approximately 4,000 free-range hens lay eggs and the farm's processing and packaging line is located, revealed two positive salmonella samples, according to the Star Tribune.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled eggs can return them to the stores where they were purchased for a refund, state officials said.

Consumers are urged to cook eggs thoroughly before eating to destroy salmonella or other bacteria, health officials said.

Boston fire injures 13, possible suicide attempt

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by Sarah See

Thirteen people were injured early Monday in a Boston apartment building fire started by a man who was likely attempting suicide, authorities said.

The Boston Fire Department responded to the large apartment complex blaze around 12:45 a.m. EST, after residents of the Roxbury neighborhood who escaped said they heard an explosion, department spokesman Steve MacDonald said to CNN.

The suspect, Mohamed Abdul Jabar, 28, was arrested after showing up at Boston Medical Center with burns, claiming he started the fire, police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Jabar, who is from suburban Medford and did not live at the location, may have been in a relative's apartment and set the fire as a failed suicide attempt, police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.

Jabar is expected to face a list of charges, including arson and attempted murder, according to the Associated Press.

Jabar was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital's burn unit and treated in intensive care for second-degree burns to his arms, hands and face, according to the Associated Press.

About 160 firefighters were called to the scene, and at least 15 people were rescued from the three-story building that covers nearly an entire city block, according to the news reports.

A 6-year-old boy was dropped by his grandparents from a third-floor window into the arms of a waiting firefighter, according to the Associated Press.

Ten civilians were treated for smoke inhalation, and two firefighters and a police officer were treated for minor injuries, MacDonald said.

Twenty-five apartments were damaged or destroyed, MacDonald said.

A temporary shelter was set up for residents displaced by the fire, according to the Associated Press.

Small plane crashes in field

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by Sarah See

A small plane carrying two people crashed Friday afternoon in a Clinton Township farm filed, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot and passenger survived an emergency landing about 10 miles east of Hibbing around 4:30 p.m., authorities said to CBS Minnesota.

Pilot James Chuk, 59, of Chisholm told deputies the cockpit filled with smoke after an apparent engine failure, according to the Associated Press.

The plane crashed into a barbed-wire fence and flipped over, according to the Associated Press.

The passenger, Christian Werdier, 39, of Keewatin suffered a minor cut while getting out of the overturned plane, according to the Associated Press.

The crash is under investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Man trapped in garbage truck dies

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by Sarah See

A 61-year-old man was killed Wednesday when he was trapped in a garbage truck in Minnetrista, authorities said.

The man who was an employee at Blackowiak & Son, a west-metro trash hauling business on Sunnyfield Road, died after being trapped by equipment around 8 a.m., according to the Star Tribune.

Police and paramedics found the man pinned by a hydraulic arm on a garbage truck and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the Associated Press.

The man's identity has not yet been released, according to the Star Tribune.

Police are investigating, according to the Associated Press.

Blackowiak & Son is a family-owned company that serves several Lake Minnetonka communities, according to the Star Tribune.

Heavy rains in Central America, at least 84 dead

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by Sarah See

Heavy rains causing landslides, floods and bridge collapses have killed at least 84 people across Central America, authorities said Monday.

Tropical Depression 12-E brought a week of torrential rain to El Salvador, the country hit hardest so far with 32 deaths and nine missing, including children, according to CNN.

El Salvador and Nicaragua leaders declared natural disasters and a state of emergency, ordering evacuations, according to CNN.

The death toll is 32 in El Salvador, 31 in Guatemala, 13 in Honduras, and eight in Nicaragua, according to the Star Tribune.

The rains have left thousands to stay in shelters and affected about 250,000 people, at least 110,000 in Guatemala and 13,000 in Honduras, according to the news reports.

Some people were swept away while attempting to cross rivers, and others were killed when the wall of their homes collapsed, El Salvador's civil protection director said.

The rain is expected to continue until at least Wednesday because of two low pressure systems in the area, El Salvador's director of civil protection Jorge Melendez said to CNN.

The number of additional people at risk is 15,000, according to a statement by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on his website.

Analysis: Two News Organizations' Multimedia Options

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by Sarah See

The New York Times and Star Tribune are two news organizations that feature multimedia options in their stories.

The kinds of multimedia the New York Times features are slide shows, photos, videos, audio (podcasts), and other interactive features (graphics and maps).

The kinds of multimedia the Star Tribune features are slide shows, photos (galleries), videos, and audio.

Those complement news stories by providing visuals and/or audio that can help readers to better understand and connect to the stories.

Those also catch the initial attention of readers which can interest them enough to engage in the stories and find out more.

Moreover, the multimedia can give readers visual and/or audio aids to remember certain stories by, more so than stories without them.

The kind of writing I see in those items, particularly in the slide shows, is much like hard news leads.

The characteristics of that writing are short--usually one or two sentences--but still descriptive of the photos and 'straight to the point.'

The writing states what is shown or going on in each photo and/or usually provides some background information on the stories.

by Sarah See

A petroleum company delivered gasoline containing too much ethanol to 38 gas stations and 10 secondary distributors in southern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce Friday.

The company is replacing the gas that contained above-regulation concentrations of ethanol that was delivered over the weekend to 21 communities, according to the Associated Press.

An investigation was underway to find the gas stations and immediately replace the ethanol-rich fuel, the department said to CBS Minnesota.

"An operational issue" caused the gas from the Magellan Midstream Partners Petroleum plant in Mankato to contain more than 10 percent ethanol, Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine said.

Magellan has been "reclaiming" the ethanol-heavy gas and replacing it with gas from other terminals in the area, Heine said to KARE-TV.

Two consumer complaints about vehicle problems were reported, the department said.

Body found in wooded area of Brooklyn Center

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by Sarah See

A man's body was found Saturday afternoon in a wooded area in Brooklyn Center park, police said.

The body was found in a field in the 5900 block of Shingle Creek Parkway and John Martin Road around 2 p.m., authorities said.

A young woman called police after discovering the body along a wood-chip path close to the creek, while walking and taking pictures of autumn foliage, Brooklyn Center Police Sgt. Patrick Toohey said to the Star Tribune.

A Minnesota identification card was found with the body that is believed to be a 40-year-old, white man whose last known address was in Lakeville, police said.

Based on the man's clothing and a backpack found near his body, it appeared he was homeless recently, Toohey said to CBS Minnesota.

There were no apparent signs of trauma to the body, and the man's death did not appear to be suspicious, authorities said.

Hennepin County medical examiner's personnel are trying to determine whether the death was natural, police said.

Second person dies after NYC river chopper crash

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by Sarah See

A second woman died from injuries after a helicopter crash in New York's East River, authorities said Wednesday to CNN.

Helen Tamaki, 43, a New Zealand citizen who lived in Sydney, died Tuesday night after being in critical condition since the crash, Bellevue Hospital Center spokeswoman Francis Arscott said to the Associated Press.

The cause of death was "complications of near drowning," medical examiner's spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.

Tamaki was the long-time partner of Sonia Marra, a British citizen also living in Sydney, who drowned and died Oct. 4 after the helicopter plunged into the water shortly after takeoff from Manhattan's East 34th Street Heliport, according to the Associated Press.

They were celebrating Marra's 40th birthday in the city with the other passengers, Marra's mother and stepfather and the pilot, a family friend who manages the Linden, N.J., airport, according to the Associated Press.

The helicopter's nose swung unexpectedly to the left after it was 30 to 50 feet above the river, pilot Paul Dudley said to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The aircraft went out of control after he tried to turn right and return to the heliport, Dudley said.

Three-fourths of one main rotor blade broke off when the helicopter hit the water, but the missing piece has not been found, according to a NTSB report.

A 15-member team is investigating the crash, according to the NTSB.

Determining the cause of the accident, which the NTSB report did not state, could take months, according to the Associated Press.

The survivors were Dudley and Marra's stepfather and mother, Paul and Harriet Nicholson, according to CNN.

Man electrocuted working on sign

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by Sarah See

A White Bear Lake man died Wednesday after he was electrocuted while making repairs inside a bank sign in Centerville, authorities said.

Thomas Michael Gamboni, 47, a master electrician, died around 11:30 a.m. outside Central Bank at 7111 21st Ave., authorities said.

Gamboni entered the sign through a small access hole to look at a control box because the bank's name was not lighting, Centennial Fire District Chief Jerry Streich said to the Star Tribune.

Medical personnel attempted to revive Gamboni after firefighters cut a hole into the sign and found him unresponsive, Streich said.

Gamboni was pronounced dead at the scene, Paul Sommer, spokesman for the Anoka County sheriff's office, said to the Pioneer Press.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the sheriff's department and Centennial Lakes police are investigating to determine the cause of death, according to both reports.

L & D Sign in Stillwater, the company of a work truck at the bank during the electrocution, was not commenting on the incident, according to the Star Tribune.

U.N. peacekeepers wounded and killed

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by Sarah See

Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in Sudan, the global body said Tuesday to CNN.

Two soldiers and a police adviser for the joint U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur died, and six other peacemakers guarding a refugee camp were wounded by attackers, according to CNN and the Associated Press.

The UNAMID peacekeepers and security unit were patrolling near the Zam Zam displaced persons camp in North Darfur when they were attacked around 10:15 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from the joint force.

The attack was carried out by unidentified armed men, and one assailant was killed, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the statement.

The cause of the attack was unclear, according to CNN.

Ibrahim Gambari, head official of the mission, said Sudan's government should investigate.

"An attack on international peacekeepers is a war crime and we will ensure that justice will be served," Gambari said.

The Darfur peacekeeping mission is the world's largest with 20,000 authorized troops and one of the most dangerous operation areas for U.N. personnel with 33 peacekeepers killed since it began in 2008, according to CNN.

At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced from their homes by the war in Darfur, according to the U.N.

by Sarah See

A news event that had a first-day story and then a follow story the next day was on CNN about a California workplace shooting.

The leads in the two stories differed because the first-day lead said that two people were killed and four were wounded at a rock quarry, according to a report by CNN affiliates.

The second-day lead, however, said that a manhunt was under way Wednesday for a man suspected of killing three people and wounding seven others in Cupertino and of attempted carjacking.

The main news in the first story was summarized by following the inverted pyramid structure and stating the who, what and where in the lead.

The subsequent paragraphs gave more details about where the shooting took place, who did the shooting, and what authorities were doing in response.

The main news in the second story was summarized by following more of the martini glass structure and including chronological details about how the event unfolded.

The second story advanced the news because it was more in-depth, giving specific details such as the times and names related to the location, people involved, sources, etc.

It also gave a clearer description of the event and provided background information, specifically on the shooter.

The second-day story did not appear to be a response to a report from a competing news organization but, rather, from CNN affiliates, the CNN Wire Staff, and a CNN reporter.

That has shaped the follow because the story used information received only from credible sources such as police and other governments officials involved and received only by CNN's own journalists and news organizations--KGO-TV and KTVU--with which CNN is already associated.

Nurse admits stealing drugs from hospital

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by Sarah See

A 45-year-old nurse admitted Friday to stealing narcotics from an east metro hospital where she worked, according to the Star Tribune.

Della R. Thalin, of New Richmond, Wis., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Minneapolis to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, according to the Pioneer Press.

Thalin admitted in her plea agreement to stealing hydromorphone--a derivative of morphine--from secure drug storage cabinets that were accessed with her unique user identification and password from Feb. 25 to March 19, according to the Star Tribune.

She stole them from Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater for her personal use, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Thalin no longer works at Lakeview, Jeff Shelman, a hospital spokesman, said.

Hospital officials "continue to review and update our security policies to prevent similar incidents from occurring," Shelman said in August when Thalin was charged.

Thalin faces up to four years in prison, and her sentencing date has not been scheduled, according to the Pioneer Press.

Two US citizens killed by gunmen in Mexico

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by Sarah See

Two U.S. citizens and two others were killed by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, Mexican authorities said Tuesday to CNN.

Rosa Williams, 35, and her son Pablo Noe, 19, were killed Friday evening by assailants armed with an AK-47 rifle and a 9 mm pistol when they were in a blue 2004 Dodge Durango SUV, Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for Chihuahua's prosecutor's office, said.

Officials were working to return their bodies to the U.S., a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Juarez said to the Associated Press.

Alberto Nieto Nieto, 24, and Alma Yesenia Flores, 21, were identified Monday as the two other victims, a married couple from Mexico, authorities said.

The attack happened on a busy road across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, according to witnesses.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, investigators said.

More than 40 assault rifle and handgun shells were recovered at the scene, authorities said.

A warning was issued for American citizens in the city and other parts of the state of Chihuahua this year, cautioning that recent successes against drug cartel figures could put Americans in Mexico at risk, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez said.

Amish teen dies after farm accident

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by Sarah See

A 16-year-old Amish boy died of severe head injuries after a farm accident in Winona, Olmstead County authorities said Friday.

Joseph Yoder suffered head injuries after he was thrown from a horse Tuesday, while mowing hay with a horse-drawn mower near Clyde, southeast of St. Charles, authorities said.

Yoder climbed on the horse's back to get it to go faster, Kraig Glover, Winona County's sheriff's investigator, said.

The horse stepped on the boy's head after it reared back and threw him headfirst into a hitch, Glover said to the Associated Press.

A 13-year-old boy working nearby in a field ran for help, according to Winona Daily News.

Yoder was airlifted by the Mayo 1 helicopter to Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, and the boy died later, the Olmsted County Coroner's Office said.

Maplewood teen charged in connection with bomb threat

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by Sarah See

A 15-year-old Maplewood boy was charged Wednesday with felony terroristic threats, according to the Ramsey County attorney's office.

The teen was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat to Roseville Area High School, according to reports by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

He allegedly called the school before 1 p.m. Tuesday and left an anonymous voice mail saying he would "blow up" the school at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Roseville police said.

Authorities and school officials searched the building at 1240 W. County Rd. B2 around 12:53 p.m. Tuesday and did not find any suspicious items, Lt. Lorne Rosand, a department spokesman, said.

Police identified a suspect during the investigation Tuesday night, and the boy was arrested and taken to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Facility after he was questioned and admitted making the threat as a "prank," Rosand said.

Neither the school nor the police department identified the boy because the case involved a juvenile, Rosand said.

It was not known whether the boy attended the school, and police were investigating whether others were involved, Rosand said.

Principal Jenny Loeck notified parents via phone calls Wednesday morning that the school was evacuated before 7:30 a.m.

"The safety and well-being of our students is our first priority," and the person "responsible for this fake bomb threat" was arrested, Loeck said.

Missing American woman found dead in Italy

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by Sarah See

A missing Ohio woman was found dead Wednesday in Tuscany after a possible hit-and-run accident, Italian police said to the Associated Press.

Allison Owens, 23, was found in a canal beside a heavily trafficked road in San Giovanni Valdarno three days after she was reported missing, Carabinieri Col. Antonio Frassinetto said.

It is believed she was using an iPod when she was jogging and did not hear a car approach, but police did not rule out other possible causes of death, Frassinetto said.

Tests were ordered to determine the cause of death, investigators said.

Owens was last seen alive Sunday afternoon, and more than 100 police dogs searched for her after friends reported her missing, according to the Associated Press.

Owen's mother, Cindy Owens, was in shock and arrived Wednesday in Italy, meeting with investigators to confirm the details of her daughter's death, Stacy Lilly, a close friend of the family, said to msnbc.com.

Owens was a student at Village Academy in Powell, outside of Columbus, Ohio, and was a guide for a tour company in Europe, according to the news reports.

Famous research bear Hope killed by hunter

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by Sarah See

Hope, a yearling Minnesota black bear, was killed near Ely by a hunter who reported he shot the animal without knowing it was her, Lynn Rogers, senior researcher at the North American Bear Center, said Tuesday.

Hope was shot by the hunter, a friend of Rogers', after she went to his bait station alone on the evening of Sept. 16, according to the Star Tribune.

The hunter did not deliberately shoot the bear but also did not express remorse because Hope was not wearing a radio collar, which would have identified her as a research animal, nor was she traveling with her mother, Lily, and Lily's new cub, Faith, according to the Pioneer Press.

Hope got out of the collar each of the four times he put one on her, and the three bears were last seen together by researchers on Sept. 14, Rogers said.

Rogers and researchers of the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely realized Hope was missing when they spotted Lily and Faith without her a couple days later, the Star Tribune reported.

The bears became worldwide stars after the center installed a camera inside Lily's den and thousands of people watched Hope's birth broadcasted on the Internet two winters ago, according to both news reports.

"This is probably the most famous bear in the world. It lived for 602 days, and during that time it changed a lot of lives. Hope changed a lot of lives. It drew people together," Rogers said.

The center's website and "Lily the Black Bear" Facebook page, which has about 134,000 fans, received hundreds of emotional comments, according to the Pioneer Press.

Shooting a research bear is not illegal, but hunters have been asked not to, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Rogers declined to give the hunter's name, keeping it confidential and discouraging verbal attacks, the Pioneer Press reported.

by Sarah See

An example of structure and the progression of information was a story by the Associated Press about 18 people who died aboard a plane that crashed in Bahorok, western Indonesia.

The reporter summarized the important elements by getting right to the point with the who, what, where and when of the story and by attributing the source of the information in the lede.

The reporter ordered the information by news value, according to the inverted pyramid structure, and gave more details on the what, where, and when in the second paragraph.

The reporter continued the story by introducing and providing quotes from the head of the local search-and-rescue team and victims' relatives.

The reporter ended the story with some background on the aircraft and the related causes of transportation accidents in Indonesia in recent years.

It was effective because it presented the most important information first and was then organized by the arrangement of other key fact blocks.

It could have been done differently because it was longer than a news brief and shared characteristics with the kabob and martini glass structures.

If it followed the kabob, it could have focused more on how actual people were affected in the event, and if it followed the martini glass, it could have focused more on including the chronology of the story and explaining how the event unfolded.

Car struck by train, but no driver found

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by Sarah See

A car was struck Tuesday night by a train in Andover, but no driver was found, the Anoka County Sheriff's Department said.

A vehicle driving on the railroad tracks was reported around 9:20 p.m. near 181st Avenue Northwest and Tamarack Street Northwest, authorities said.

An unoccupied vehicle was found hit by a northbound train and pushed about a quarter-mile south when they arrived, deputies said.

Authorities searched for the car's registered owner, a 28-year-old Oak Grove man, who was nowhere around, according to the Pioneer Press.

Physical evidence indicated that the vehicle was occupied during the collision, the Sheriff's Office said to CBS Minnesota.

No blood or other DNA evidence was left behind, so it is believed the driver got out of the car before it was hit, Cmdr. Paul Sommer, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said.

An extensive ground search was conducted by deputies, the Andover Fire Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, and several other Anoka County agencies, the Pioneer Press said.

by Sarah See

At least 13 people died and 72 people were ill Tuesday morning in 18 states from consumption of tainted Colorado cantaloupes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The listeria illnesses were traced to Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colo., according to CNN.

Listeria is more deadly than well-known pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, primarily affecting older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems, the CDC website said.

Because it can take four weeks or more for a person to fall ill after eating listeria-contaminated food and the symptoms do not always show up right away, the number of death and illnesses will probably grow, Dr. Robert Tauxe of the CDC said.

Jensen Farms, based in Holly, Colo., voluntarily recalled whole, tainted cantaloupes shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10 and looked for ways to enhance their protocol, Ryan Jensen, a partner at Jensen Farms, said.

"Jensen Farms continues to stay committed to the highest levels of food safety and maintains many third-part safety audits, as we have for many years," Jensen said.

This food outbreak was the deadliest in more than a decade, health officials said to the Associated Press.

Stolen laptop puts thousands of patients at risk

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by Sarah See

A consultant's laptop containing private information of nearly 16,000 patients was stolen from a locked car in Minneapolis, officials of Fairview Health Services and North Memorial Medical Center said Tuesday.

The thousands of Twin Cities patients were exposed to the risk of identity theft when the laptop containing patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, account balances and medical record numbers was stolen July 25 in a restaurant parking lot, police said.

Letters were sent to alert the affected patients, apologizing for the incident and offering free identity theft protection and fraud monitoring services, the health systems said.

Hospital officials knew of the theft within days but waited to notify patients because investigators needed time to identify what was on the laptop, according to the Star Tribune.

The laptop also contained files of some patients' Social Security numbers, but there was no evidence that the information was accessed or misused, health officials said to CBS Minnesota.

The laptop belonged to an employee of Chicago-based Accretive Health, a healthcare firm that provides business and patient care coordination services and failed to encrypt the data for security purposes, officials said.

An investigation revealed the laptop was only password protected, even though their policies and procedures require all laptops to be fully encrypted, Fairview and North Memorial health officials said.

Accretive Health acknowledged the mistake and invested in technology to prevent similar incidents from happening again, according to CBS Minnesota.

This was the second report from the Twin Cities this year of a potential breach of medical data that went missing or was posted on the Internet, according to the Star Tribune.

Plane crash in Indonesia, all 18 people aboard dead

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by Sarah See

All 18 people aboard a crashed airplane died in the jungle-covered mountains of western Indonesia, an air transportation official said Friday.

There were four children, 10 passengers and four crew members dead on the 1989 Spanish-designed CASA C-212 aircraft that crashed Thursday morning in the North Sumatra mountains, Henry Bakti, Indonesia's director general for air transportation, said to CNN.

Contact with the plane was lost on the radar, shortly after it took off from the Medan Polonia Airport in North Sumatra to the Kutacane district in Aceh province and sent out a distress signal, according to the Associated Press.

The plane was found during an aerial search in the Leuser mountains and appeared to be largely intact, Bakti said to reporters.

The cause of the crash was unclear, and the accident was being investigated, Indonesia's transportation safety commission said.

Food and medicine was dropped to the crash site after one of the plane's doors was spotted open, but rugged, forested terrain and bad weather--tornado-like winds and heavy fog--prevented 13 rescuers from reaching the site by foot Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The bodies were found in their seats with their seat belts on, Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the local search-and-rescue team, said.

Nusantara Buana Air owned the plane, according to CNN.

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