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Five victims identified in Colorado avalanche

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Five snowboarders who died in a Colorado avalanche this weekend were all in their 30s and from Colorado, authorities said.

Killed in the avalanche were Christopher Peters, 32, from Lakewood; Joseph Timlin, 32, from Gypsum; Ryan Novack, 33, from Boulder; Ian Lanphere, 36, from Crested Butte; and Rick Gaukel, 33, from Estes Park, CNN reported.

The five deceased snowboarders were trapped under about 8 feet of snow in what is being called Colorado's deadliest avalanche since 1962, ABC News said. They were found dead Saturday after being buried in the snow on a high mountain pass in Colorado's White River National Forest, CNN said.

A sixth member of the snowboarder group was a lone survivor who dug himself out of the snow and flagged down workers with the Colorado Department of Transportation, ABC News said.

The avalanche happened at Loveland Pass, about 50 miles west of Denver at an elevation of 11,990 feet just east of the popular ski resorts of Breckenridge and Vail, CNN said.

The group set off in the morning and the avalanche triggered around 1 p.m., CNN said. All of the snowboarders were wearing avalanche beacons and proper equipment, CNN reported.

Terrors of Boston Marathon continue to resolve

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Monday's terror attack on the Boston Marathon left two people dead and over 180 wounded while investigators continue to uncover the mysteries of the explosions.

The explosions killed an 8-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman who was a Boston University graduate student from China, CNN said. More than 180 others were wounded, many losing limbs as a result of the twin blasts near the race's finish line, CNN said.

Investigators say the two bombs were hidden in black nylon backpacks to look like discarded property, CBS News said. It is still unknown whether both bombs were placed in garbage cans or if one may have been on the sidewalk, CBS News said.

Both explosive devices appear to have been placed in metal pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings, which were designed to amplify the damage of the attack, CBS News said.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Boston, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Deslauriers, indicated that the range of suspect and motive is "wide open," and that the investigation is still in its "infancy."

Law enforcement sources said that a Saudi Arabian man who was previously questioned by investigators is not being considered as a suspect at this time and appears to have been a spectator who was injured in the attack, CBS News reported.

President Barack Obama said that the bombings were an act of terrorism, and that investigators do not know if an international organization, a domestic group or a "malevolent individual" carried them out.

North Korea has raised at least one missile into its upright firing position, leaving the U.S. and South Korea with concerns that a launch is imminent, a U.S. official told CNN Thursday.

After raising the missile Wednesday, it was not clear to U.S. officials why the North Korean government did not proceed with the firing, CNN said. The U.S. official cautioned that it could have been just a trial run to make sure the equipment worked properly or an effort to "mess" with the U.S. and allies that are watching for the launch at any time, CNN reported.

An official led the United States to believe the medium-range missile, a Musudan, was in a firing position, CNN said. The Musudan is an untested weapon that South Korea says has a range as far as 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles), which could reach as far as Guam, a Western Pacific territory that is home to U.S. naval and air bases, CNN reported. The United States said it has placed defense systems around these naval and air bases, CNN said.

The missile's positioning comes a day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in the region, CNN said.

"In the past, North Korea has launched missiles in early morning hours seeking 'a surprise effect.' So both South Korea and the U.S. forces are operating intelligence assets 24 hours," South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said, ABC News reported.

Pyongyang, where the missile is located, has vowed to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and South Korea, ABC News said.

A 4-year old boy shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff deputy Saturday, police said.

Josephine Fanning, the 48-year-old wife of Wilson County Sheriff Deputy Daniel Fanning, was shot and killed after a pistol in the hands of a 4-year-old went off inside Fanning's home in Lebanon, Tenn., CNN said.

Deputy Fanning was inside his home showing his weapons collection to a relative when the officer's wife and young nephew came into the room. The child grabbed one of the loaded guns off the bed and fired a single shot, which struck and killed Fanning's wife, Huffington Post said.

Despite efforts to revive her, Fanning died at the scene, Huffington Post reported.

The gun used in the incident was not the officer's service weapon, nor was he on duty at the time of the shooting, Huffington Post said.

"The door to the room the accident happened in stays locked unless we were sleeping or we were in it," Fanning wrote to CNN. "This was the only loaded gun in the house other than my duty weapon, which was locked away."

No charges are pending at this time, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is examining the incident, Huffington Post reported.

Rejecting James Holmes' offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said Monday he would seek the death penalty for the young man.

Holmes faces 166 counts of murder and attempted murder for a shooting last July at an Aurora movie theater leaving 12 people dead and 58 wounded, CNN and NPR said.

But even if Holmes is sentenced to death, there are no guarantees, CNN reported. Usually the appeals process takes around 10 years to make its way through the courts, CNN legal contributor Paul Callan said.

"He is looking at ... the realistic view of the world," Callan said to CNN, "which is, even if I get the death penalty, it will probably never be imposed."

Colorado reinstated the death penalty more than 35 years ago and has executed just one person, CNN said.

Holmes' trial date has been set for August 5, CNN reported.

Documents reveal new details about Newtown shooting

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New details surface Thursday about the gunman who opened fire inside two classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary, killing 20 children and six adults, authorities said.

Details from five search warrants and related documents described a cache of ammunition as well as several weapons recovered from the gunman's home and car, CNN said.

The evidence seized from Lanza's home and the car he drove to carry out the shooting may have provided more details on the massacre, but it did not reveal a motive that prompted the attack, CBS News reported.

Lanza killed all 26 victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun, Stephen J. Sedensky III, state's attorney for the judicial district of Danbury, said to CBS News.

Sedensky also said 154 spent .223 casings were recovered at the scene, CBS News said.

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was also recovered in the Honda Civic Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing 70 rounds of Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds, CBS News reported.

Investigators say it will take until June or later to complete the investigation, CBS News said.

Overcrowded SUV crash killed six teens in Ohio

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Six teenagers were killed Sunday morning after their sport utility vehicle crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, the state highway patrol said.

The Honda Passport veered off the left side of the road and flipped upside down in the swamp 60 miles east of Cleveland around 7 a.m. Sunday, CBS News said.

Five of the victims were trapped inside the SUV, CBS News said. A sixth was thrown from the vehicle during the crash and was found after the vehicle was taken out of the water, CBS News reported.

Ohio State Highway Patrol identified those killed as Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan M. Behner, 15; Daylan Ray, 15; Brandon A. Murray, 17; and Ramone M. White, 15, CNN said. All were from Warren, CNN reported.

Two boys who survived the crash escaped from the submerged vehicle and called for help, CBS News said.

The eight teenagers crammed into an SUV that was only supposed to seat five without permission and sped down a two-lane Ohio road before the crash, CNN said.

Officers are waiting for toxicology results but there were no signs of alcohol or drugs inside the vehicle, CNN reported.

Toddler appears to be cured of HIV

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A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS is the first child to be "functionally cured," scientists announced Sunday.

The Mississippi girl who is now two and a half years old has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection, CBS said. There is no guarantee she will remain healthy, CNN said.

A doctor gave the baby high doses of three antiretroviral drugs within 30 hours of her birth. The baby received faster and stronger treatment than usual, CNN reported.

Treatment started before tests confirmed the child as infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV was not diagnosed until she was in labor, CBS said.

"You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we've seen," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press, CBS said.

The incident, announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, would mark the world's second reported cure, CBS reported.

The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl filed a complaint with the Colorado Office of Civil Rights Wednesday after her school district prohibited the child to use the girls' bathroom, authorities said.

Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis announced the complaint filed against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 at the State Capitol in Denver, Fox News said.

Coy Mathis, a first-grader at Eagleside Elementary School, was born with male sex organs but identifies herself as a female, CNN said.

The district said Coy could use staff bathrooms or the one in the nurse's office, Fox News reported.

The Mathises said that stigmatizes their daughter and fear it could lead to harassment and bullying, Fox News said. Kathryn Mathis pulled Coy out of school when she was on winter break after school officials had banned the child from the girls' bathroom, CNN said.

"In the end we just want what is the best for Coy," Kathryn Mathis said to CNN. "We want her to be able to go back to school and be treated equally without discrimination and harassment."

Two missing after Kansas City gas explosion

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A Kansas City gas explosion that ignited a four-alarm fire left three people missing and at least 14 people injured Tuesday night, said authorities.

"Early indications are that a contractor doing underground work struck a natural gas line, but the investigation continues," Missouri Gas Energy said in a statement.

The explosion happened at JJ's restaurant, a popular spot in Country Club Plaza, around 6 p.m. local time. Nearly 100 firefighters fought to put out the fire, fire chief Paul Berardi said to CNN.

Customers at JJ's had evacuated the restaurant because of a strong gas odor that was reported before the explosion, Reuters said.

Hospitals indicated that of the 14 people hospitalized, three were in critical condition and three in serious condition, CNN said.

James Garrett, a spokesman for the Kansas City Fire Department, said workers from Missouri Gas Energy were on the scene before the explosion occurred, CNN said.

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