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Boy Dies After Falling From Zip line

An 11-year-old boy died Sunday after falling from a zip line at a theme park in Snowdonia, Wales, the Guardian reported.

The tragedy happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at GreenWood Forest Park at Bethel on the park's new "SwampFlyer" zip, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the theme park's website, the zip line was launched just last week and is "the longest zip line in Wales." The park's operation manager, Steve Williams, couldn't say why the tragedy occurred. He said the ride is checked over every morning by park maintenance crews.

Mauer Denies Infection Related to Leg Weakness

The Minn. Twins' All-Star catcher Joe Mauer denied that the weakness in his legs was connected to a viral infection he has been battling, the Star Tribune reported Sunday.

Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of leftover weakness from a December surgery on his knee, KARE 11 said.

Mauer said that he lost 12 pounds over the weekend while battling to keep food down.

"I'm still not feeling very good," he said. "Definitely better than the last couple of days, though."

He says his legs are weak because of a failure to build strength during spring training, and not the illness he's been fighting recently.

Charl Schwartzel wins Masters

Charl Schwartzel became the 75th champion of the Masters on Sunday, finishing with four straight birdies to win 6-under 66, MSNBC reported.

Schwartzel, who is from South Africa, came up from behind in the final round to beat a group of contenders, including Rory McIlroy, who held a 4-shot lead going into the final round but ended up bogeying his way to being 10-shots behind Schwartzel, the Los Angeles Times said.

McIlroy ended up receiving almost more media attention than the winner Schwartzel, mostly because of his boyish demeanor (McIlroy is only 21) and the seemingly obvious fact that he was spooked by Tiger Woods. "This golf course can bait you into being too aggressive," Woods said. "That's what happened to Rory out there."

Charlie Sheen Booed off Stage

Charlie Sheen had a rough start to his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour in Detroit Saturday when he was booed off stage and many people walked out, Inside TV reported.

Sheen, 45, who has been in the public eye the past few weeks after being fired from the show "Two and a Half Men" and giving raving interviews to reporters, kicked off the 20-state tour in Detroit, the Huffington Post said.

After a comedian who opened for him was booed off stage, Sheen reportedly entered to a standing ovation from seemingly adoring fans. The first droves of people lef during his opening incoherent rant session while Sheen told them "I"ve already got your money." Sheen also told the crowd he thought Detroit was a good place for crack cocaine stories, which drew immediate booing and heckles.

Sheen reportedly blamed the situation on the audience instead of himself.

Anarchists Will Target Royal Wedding

Fears about the royal wedding mounted when a peaceful protest in London turned into a violent ransacking of local businesses, banks, and restaurants by anarchists, the Express reported Saturday.

The original demonstration was 250,000 strong against spending cuts, but more than 200 people ended up being arrested and 31 officers were injured, according to the Telegraph.

Commander Bob Broadhurst said that the anarchists would be "deliberately targeting" the royal wedding on April 29. According to the Express , the anarchists will occupy five key points near the wedding location, stretching police forces out in order to create chaos.

The plans come as a outcry against the publicity given to the royal family. Chris Knight, a ringleader who was arrested in 2009 for inciting violence at the G20, said "No one objects to a couple displaying their affection, but public extravagance on this scale seems an insult and provocation to the rest of us."

"Wire" TV villain Caught in Drug Bust

Actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was arrested in a drug bust in Baltimore ABC News reported Thursday.

Pearson, who played a TV drug villain on the popular show "The Wire", was detained along with 60 other people in connection with a marijuana and heroin drug ring after five months of police investigation, Salon.com said.

Pearson landed the role on "The Wire" after publishing "Grace After Midnight," a memoir about her triumph over childhood poverty in Baltimore, the same site that the show was based out of.

Weighing only 3 pounds at birth, Pearson grew up under the care of foster parents. She was convicted for fatally shooting another girl when she was 14, and was released from prison after serving six and a half years.

"I'm certainly sad at the news today. This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable. And whatever good fortune came from her role in 'The Wire' seems, in retrospect, limited to that project. .." David Simon, creator of "The Wire", said in a statement.

Beijing Places Bigger Restrictions on Foreign Journalists

In a move to prevent "Middle-East style" protest movements, Beijing has placed tighter controls over foreign journalists, NPR reported.

Journalists must obtain government permission before gathering any news or reports in the city, said Li Honghai, vice director of the city's Foreign Affairs Office in Beijing.

The restrictions are in response to calls for protest spreading via Internet, text messages, and social networking sites. Chinese officials are apparently unnerved by the uprisings in the Middle East, and have reportedly warned journalists they could face the loss of their visas, credentials and could face expulsion, the NY Times said.

Authorities in many Chinese cities have suddenly canceled public events, such as the St. Patrick's Day parade in Shanghai. "We've noticed that a somewhat larger number of our cultural and educational programs around China are being postponed or canceled, but we haven't been notified by Chinese authorities of any specific reason," said an anonymous Western diplomat.

Former M.A.D.D. President Gets D.U.I.

The former president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in Gainesville, Fla., was arrested under suspicion of D.U.I. last week, KTLA reported.

Debra Oberlin, 48, was pulled over when police saw her driving erratically. Oberlin blew a .234 and .239 when given a breathalyzer test, Inquistr.com said.

Oberlin told officers she had drank four beers before being arrested. She had previously been president of the Gainesville MADD chapter for four years.

Woman Wards Off Tiger Using A Ladle

A woman saved her husband from a tiger attack when she hit the animal multiple times on the head with a ladle, the Star Tribune reported Sunday.

The attack occurred in Northern Malaysia in the jungle settlement of the Jahai tribe, according to News.com. Apparently the man was attacked by the tiger as he was hunting squirrels, screaming and causing his wife to run out and hit the tiger with a ladle. The animal ran off after she repeatedly struck it on the head.

At first the man tried to climb a tree, but the tiger dragged him down. "I was terrified and I used all my strength to punch the animal in the face, but it would not budge," the man said, "it would have clawed me to death if my wife had not arrived." He was taken to the hospital with lacerations to his face and legs, but is in good condition.

Frat house shooting leaves 1 Dead, 11 injured

A student was killed in a shooting at a Youngstown State University fraternity house in Ohio early Sunday morning, the Washington Post reported. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of felonious assault. "Something happened that they became unhappy," Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes said, "they had some type of altercation."

Jamail E. Johnson, 25, was shot once in the head and multiple times in the hips and legs, according to Yahoo! News. 11 others were injured in the shooting, including six students and one 17-year-old who had a critical wound by one ear. Police said more than half of them were shot in the foot.

"(Johnson) was just an excellent, excellent young man, and our loss runs deep," Christopher Cooper, a legal officer for Johnson's Omega Psi Phi fraternity, told the Associated Press. Cooper also said that Johnson had recently gone to North Carolina to participate in a fraternity program emphasizing manhood and scholarship.

Members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity lived at the house, but Cooper said the fraternity did not own the house itself.

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