Off-duty firefighter saves ref at high school game

DULUTH, Minn. -- An off-duty Duluth firefighter revived a referee at a high school hockey game, authorities said. "The Duluth News Tribune reports referee Pat Milinovich collapsed between the second and third periods of Saturday's game between Duluth Marshall and Crookston," KTTC said. "Brad Bushey, an off-duty Duluth firefighter, and others dashed from the stands to lend a hand. Bushey told the newspaper the referee looked blue and wasn't breathing. He says he immediately began administering CPR, re-established a heartbeat, and the referee began breathing on his own," the Star Tribune said.

27 killed in pipeline explosion in Mexico

SAN MARTIN TEXMELUCAN, Mexico -- Atleast 27 people were killed on Sunday after a pipeline exploded in central Mexico as theives were trying to steal oil. "Authorities said 12 of the dead were children and estimated that the explosion and resulting spill affected a three-mile (five-kilometer) radius, injuring at least 52 people and scorching more than 115 homes," MSNBC said. "The head of Pemex, Juan Jose Suarez, said the section of pipeline near where the blast occurred had been illegally tapped 60 times. He said there have been 550 cases of illegal tapping nationwide," the LA times said.

PHILADELPHIA -- Police officers in downtown Philadelphia almost called the bomb squad after finding a shot-up car with exposed wiring, which turned out to be a movie prop. "The Philadelphia Inquirer reports police stopped Friday morning in the Old City section when they saw the car riddled with bullet holes and side windows shot out. They also saw wires running from the trunk into the dashboard," the Star Tribune said. "The officers were ready to close the street and call the bomb squad when a security guard told them it was for a film," the LA Times said.

Ohio zoo names snake Hanna, after celebrity zookeeper

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio zoo's snake, which is replacing it's record-breaking mother, has been named Hanna after the zoo's celebrity zookeeper, Jack Hanna. "Hanna the snake was acquired last month from the same private breeder who had sold the zoo her mother, Fluffy. At 24 feet, Fluffy was the longest snake in captivity when she died in October of an apparent tumor," the Star Tribune said. "The zoo says a name-the-snake contest on Facebook awarded Hanna the most votes, slightly more than second-place, Fuzzy," CBS News said.

Minn. man unsuspecting getaway driver for bank robber

JANESVILLE, Minn. -- A 26-year-old man was the unsuspecting getaway driver for a 70-year-old woman who robbed a bank. "The man told The Free Press of Mankato that he thought the woman, who rents an apartment from his mother, was going to the bank to withdraw cash to pay her rent," the Star Tribune said. "Instead, the woman allegedly told the teller she had a gun, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount. A bank vice president followed the car and called authorities," Kare 11 said.

Medicaid patients selling drugs to dealers

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Medicaid patients are selling prescription drugs to drug dealers. So far 33 people have been charged in a large-scale investigation, police said. "For the first time, the Buffalo investigators devoted the kinds of resources normally aimed at street drugs like heroin or crack - wiretaps, buys, surveillance and cross-agency cooperation to trace the drugs from pharmacy to street," the Huffington Post said. "Often at no charge, the patients see a doctor, or several doctors, and come away with prescriptions for narcotic OxyContin and other pills they then sell to a dealer for as much as $1,000," MSNBC said.

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran announced on Sunday that it has produced its first batch of locally mined uranium, claiming self-sufficiency of the entire nuclear fuel cycle. "The step displays Iran's determination to master nuclear technology without outside help, including by enriching its own uranium, just a day before world powers meet Iranian officials in Geneva in another attempt to persuade them to freeze that work," the Star Tribune said. "Western officials downplayed the announcement, saying it had been expected and that Iran did not have enough ore to maintain the large-scale enrichment program that Tehran says it is building as a source of fuel for an envisaged network of nuclear reactors," ABC News said.

MARTINSVILLE, Ind -- An Indiana man was arrested after mistakenly sending text messages about drugs he was trying to sell to a prosecutor, police said. "The Herald-Times of Bloomington reports that the 26-year-old Martinsville man sent messages last month to deputy prosecutor Courtney Swank on her department-issued cell phone," the Star Tribune said. "Police tell the newspaper the wording refers to oxycodone and other prescription drugs," the LA Times said.

Two Minn. teens accused of stealing at least 17 calves

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Two teenage boys have been accused of stealing at least 17 calves while attempting to start their own dairy farm. "Authorities this week arrested a 19-year-old from Rothsay and a 16-year-old from Barnesville," the Kansas City Star said. "Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a tip that led them to 17 calves and eventually the teens. The calves are believed to have been stolen from three counties: Douglas, Stearns and Todd," the Star Tribune said.

150 troops return to St. Cloud from Iraq on Sunday

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Almost 150 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers who have been on a yearlong deployment in Iraq and Kuwait are scheduled to arrive in St. Cloud on Sunday. "The Army says a welcome home event will be held at the St. Cloud Armory when the troops arrive sometime between 5 p.m. or 6 p.m," WXOW news said. "The returning soldiers are in the 367th Engineer Battalion. Its mission was constructing buildings, surveying and providing other support services, such as transportation," the Star Tribune said.

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