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Dick Clark dies

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Dick Clark, the TV host for many shows including "American Bandstand," and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday in Santa Monica Calif. He was 82, the New York Times reported.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin said Clark died of a heart attack at St. John's hospital, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure, MSN.com reported.

Clark had a stroke in 2004 shortly before he was suppose to appear on his New Year's Eve telecast. He returned a year later and continued to make brief appearances, despite that his speech had been affected by the stroke, the New York Times reported.

Clark had a boyish look to him which earned him the nickname of "the world's oldest teenager." He bridged the gap between the new rebellious music scene with traditional show business, according to MSN.com.

Clark hosted many award shows, comedy specials, shows based on T.V. outtakes and the game show "$10,000 Pyramid," according to the New York Times.

The original "American Bandstand" ran from 1957 to 1987 and introduced talents from Buddy Holly to Madonna, MSN.com reported.

He was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1929, according to MSN.com.

Clark's first two marriages ended in divorce, he is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton; three children, Richard, Duane, and Cindy; and two grandchildren, the New York Times reported.

Trayvon Martin shooter charged with murder.

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A law enforcement official said the shooter in the killing of Trayvon Martin will be charged with second degree murder and is in custody, according to the Associated Press.

Angela B. Corey, the prosecutor, called for a press conference at 6 p.m. in Jacksonville Wednesday to announce the charges against George Zimmerman, 28, who fatally shot Martin while on volunteer crime watch, according to the New York Times.

There was never an arrest earlier because of Florida's stand your ground law which gives people leniency in a killing case by claiming self-defense, according to the AP.

Earlier in the week Corey said that she would not convene a grand jury in investigating the case, but would make the decision herself, according to the New York Times.

Zimmerman had been in hiding the past several weeks after receiving multiple death threats, according to the New York Times.

The lack of an arrest caused a public outcry over Martin's death. It sparked many rallies in the Orlando area, and all over the country, according to the AP.

The shooting occurred Feb. 26 when Martin was returning to his father's girlfriend's home when Zimmerman approached him. Zimmerman told police that Martin had punched him in the face and tried to take the gun when he was returning to his truck, according to the AP.

Zimmerman then told cops he shot Martin in self defense, according to the New York Times.

Gopher football player dies in dorm.

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Former University of Minnesota football player Gary Tinsley was found dead in his room at Roy Wilkins Hall Friday morning, according to the Pioneer Press.

Tinsley, 22, was found unresponsive on the floor in his room by his roommate around 7:40 a.m., Emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate him when they arrived, according to the Pioneer Press.

Tinsley started all 12 games at middle linebacker for the Gophers and was second on the team with 87 tackles in the 2011 season, according to the Star Tribune.

Police are treating the situation as a suspicious death since it involves a young athlete, according to the Pioneer Press.

Tinsley came out of First Coast High School in Florida. He recently participated in the Gophers' pro day last month, showcasing his skills for several NFL team representatives, according to the Star Tribune.

He also had his share of trouble early on in his career when he was cited for fleeing police and underage drinking after being involved in a brawl that followed a Gopher football game in 2009, according to the Pioneer Press.

Gopher quarterback MarQueis Gray told reporters that he was just texting Tinsley earlier Thursday night, according to the Star Tribune.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. outside of Roy Wilkins, the Pioneer Press reported.

Minneapolis police shoot man with a knife

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A Minneapolis officer shot and wounded a man who reportedly threatened the officer with a knife Sunday morning, reported the Star Tribune.

Police were called to the intersection of Lyndale and Franklin avenues around 9 a.m. on a report of a man accosting a woman, according to the Pioneer Press.

When the officer arrived, he approached the arguing couple. The man then pulled out his knife and threatened the officer. The man refused to drop the knife and as the officer backed away the man continued his threats, reported the Pioneer Press.

The officer backed away across two lanes of traffic, and the man continued to approach the officer. That is when the officer shot the suspect, according to the Star Tribune.

The officer's identity has not been released, and he has been placed on administrative leave, the Star Tribune reported.

The suspect's identity have not been released as well, reported the Pioneer Press.

The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, and is expected to survive, according to the Star Tribune.

Ricky Rubio out for season

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Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio's season ended after he suffered a torn ACL in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, reported ESPN.com.

Rubio went to go help guard Laker Kobe Bryant in the final seconds of the game when his knee buckled underneath him. Rubio fell to the floor clutching his knee and shin, reported the Star Tribune.

The Timberwolves are chasing a playoff berth and now must continue without one of the stars that had lead to their resurgence, said ESPN.com

Rehabilitation for an ACL tear usually takes six to nine months, which means Rubio will miss the Summer Olympics in London, said the Star Tribune.

NBA stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, and others took to Twitter to express their support for Rubio, said ESPN.com.

In his first season with the Wolves Rubio was averagin 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game, said ESPN.com.

Rubio said he he will back soon and stronger and that the only thing to do now is to move forward and stay positive, reported the Star Tribune.

Romney wins Arizona and Michigan

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Mitt Romney narrowly beat out Rick Santorum in his home state of Michigan's Republican primary and won the Arizona primary giving him more control of the Republican presidential race, reported The New York Times.

Romney gained much needed momentum heading into Super Tuesday when 10 states hold their primaries, reported The Associated Press.

Romney barely won the Michigan primary gaining only three percent more of the vote than Santorum, reported The New York Times. Romney won all 29 delegates from Arizona, according to The New York Times.

With his victory in Arizona, Romney now has 163 delegates compared to 83 for Santorum, according to the AP. It takes 1,114 to win the nomination for presidency.

The lengthy GOP race has proved beneficial for President Barack Obama. A survey released Tuesday shows consumer confidence for Obama has been its highest in a year, according to the AP.

40 delegates are up for grabs Saturday in Washington's primaries, followed by 419 available on Super Tuesday with a big primary in Ohio, reported the AP.

Santorum was already campaigning in Ohio when the results from Michigan were coming through, reported the AP.

2 Americans killed in Afghanistan

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Two American officers were shot and killed Saturday at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, reported the New York Times.

NATO pulled out all military advisers from Kabul after protests against the burning of the Quran raged throughout the country for the fifth day, reported msn.com.

Msn.com reported the identity of the gunman is unknown, but an aggresive search is under way to find out who the person was.

The New York times reported the killings happened in one to the most secure areas of the building.

The Afghan Taliban claimed that two of their fighters were able to enter the building and kill four U.S. adviser, according to msn.com.

A member of the Taliban said the attack was a direct response to the desecration of the Quran by U.S. forces, said msn.com

The identities of the two U.S. officials were not given in either report.

ESPN apologizes for racial slur

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After a poor showing from New York Knicks rising-star Jeremy Lin in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night, ESPN. com ran a headline with an ethnic slur, reported Foxsports.com.

After the loss ESPN ran the headline "Chink in the Armor" on stories for mobile devices, reported the Huffington Post.

The headline lasted about 30 minutes on the site before it was replaced with "All Good Things..."reported foxsports.com.

ESPN told reporters it was "conducting appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again."

The Huffington Post reported the pun was especially insensitive after Lin revealed he was taunted by the slur during his college playing days at Harvard.

Lin is the first Asian-American to start a game in the NBA. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak since Lin has become the starting point guard. It was Lin's sloppy play, where he commited nine turnovers, that inspired the headline.


Obama makes accomodation on birth control policy.

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President Barack Obama announced Friday a solution to the birth control policy that would have required all religous instituitions to provide free contraception to their employees in their health insurance, reported Rachel Hartman of Yahoo.com.

Obama backed off his original policy because of mounting controversy on the issue from both sides of the political spectrum. Instead of requiring religious employers to provide contraception, workers will be able to get free contraception from their insurance providers, reported the Associated Press.

Religous institutions did not agree with the law because it goes against their beliefs.

Hartman reported both Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Health Association agreed to the compromise.

Obama's administration had originally planned for a year time period where they could make adjustments to the policy. The president said the situation called for a swift solution because it was such a divided issue, according to the AP.

The administration also said insurers could cover the costs of conception because it reduces expenses in the long term by preventing coverages of pregnancies, as well as reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, reported Hartman.

The founder and chief executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure denied reports that the foundation cut grants to Planned Parenthood because of pressure from politicians, reported msnbc.com.

Nancy G. Brinker told NBC's Andrea Mitchell the decision was made in order to revamp and strengthen the way the organization gives out grants, said msnbc.com

The Tuesday decision to stop giving Planned Parenthood $700,000 each year has set off a firestorm on Twitter and Facebook. The Susan G. Komen foundation gave Planned Parenthood the money for them to offer mamograms for low-income women.

Brinker's comments are very different from the Wednesday comments made by a Komen board member who said they cut off contributions in fear that an investigation on Planned Parenthood would damage Komen's credibility with donors, reported the New York Times.

The New York Times also reported, New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg would donate $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. Bloomberg said politics have no place in healthcare and that women rely on the care given by Planned Parenthood.

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