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Oil Rig in Gulf Explodes, Injuring Many

An explosion at an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana left 15 people injured and 12 missing Tuesday night, MSNBC reported.
The explosion occurred about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana at 10 p.m. at a rig called Deepwater Horizon, CNN reported. 126 people were on board the rig.
The Coast Guard sent helicopters and cutters to the rig to help with the disaster, CNN reported.
Most of the people on the rig are believed to have escaped safely, MSNBC reported.

Man Murders Family in Chicago

A man allegedly shot and killed his wife, his son, and two nieces in his home early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The gunman, whose name as not been released, allegedly killed the victims in a bedroom in his home in Marquette Park at 4:25 a.m., the Tribune reported. He also shot and wounded two others.
Family members identified the two wounded as the gunman's mother and nephew, the Tribune reported.
The gunman also tried to kill a 12-year-old girl who ran to tell the police about the incident, but he missed as he tried to shoot her, the Tribune reported.
The two wounded are in critical condition at a local hospital, CNN reported.

New Orleans Shooting Spree Wounds 7 People

Two gunman shot and injured seven people right after the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans Saturday night, CNN reported.
The gunmen shot the victims at 9:15 p.m. on the 700 block of Canal Street, NOLA News reported.
The gunmen intended to shoot a 17-year-old man, but instead shot seven people, six of whom were bystanders at the festival, CNN reported.
Authorities are still looking for the gunmen, CNN reported.
All of the victims were taken to a local hospital, CNN reported. There are no reported deaths at this time.

7.2 Earthquake Rattles Southwestern US

An earthquake in Mexico rattled much of southern California and Arizona on Sunday.
The quake, which had a magnitude of 7.2, struck 110 miles southeast of Tijuana, Mexico at 3:40 p.m., WCCO reported.
The quake caused panic in the streets of San Diego and Los Angeles as people were in church for Easter, the New York Times reported.
Nobody in the U.S. was hurt, but one man in Mexico died from his house collapsing on him, the New York Times reported.

Baby Slings Recalled after Infant Deaths Reported

More than one million baby slings were recalled on Wednesday after the slings allegedly caused three infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told CNN.
Infantino LLC had to recall the baby slings after reports of infants suffocating due to the slings, the New York Times reported.
The baby slings, known as "SlingRiders" and "Wendy Bellissimos," are carriers that strap around the parent's shoulder and house the infants.
The slings have been sold in the U.S. in stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Babies "R" Us for between $25 and $30 since 2003, CNN reported.
Customers are able to get a free replacement product if they contact Infantino, CNN reported.

Oldest Person in America Dies at 114

A New Hapshire Woman who was believed to be the oldest person in America died on Monday.
Mary Josephine Ray, who was 114 years and 294 days old, died in a nursing home in Westmoreland, N.H., the Star Tribune reported.
Ray remained happy and lively until two weeks before her death, her granddaughter, Katherine Ray, said to the New York Times. "She just enjoyed life. She never thought of dying at all. ''She was planning for her birthday party."
Ray was born in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1895. She moved to the U.S. when she was three-years-old, the Star Tribune reported.
Her husband died in 1967, but her memories live on in her two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, the New York Times reported.

Jaguars Boost D-Line With Kampman Signing

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman on Sunday to a four-year, $26 million deal.
The Jaguars signed 30-year-old Kampman to help improve their pass rush, which recorded a franchise-low 14 sacks in 2009, NFL.com reported. That total is the fifth lowest in NFL history.
Kampman has recorded at least 9.5 sacks in his past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers, ESPN reported.
Jaguars' owner Wayne Weaver, general manager Gene Smith, and head coach Jack Del Rio promised to improve their defensive line, knowing they could not make the playoffs with a performance similar to the 2009 season, NFL.com reported.
Kampman should help the Jaguars' defensive line, ESPN reported, but he is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Man Opens Fire outside Pentagon

Gunfire broke out at the Pentagon on Thursday as a man approached an entrance to the building and opened fire, CNN reported.
The man, who has been identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, approached a screening area outside the Pentagon's subway entrance and fired shots at two police officers, pentagon Police Chief Richard S. Keevill told MSNBC.
Bedell approached the officers with no emotion on his face and he calmly drew his weapon, Keevill told CNN.
The officers immediately fired back, critically wounding Bedell, CNN reported.
The officers did not sustain life-threatening injuries, MSNBC reported, but they were still taken to a hospital along with Bedell.
All Pentagon entrances were shut down immediately following the shooting, but they have all been reopened with the exception of the subway entrance, MSNBC reported.

Hurricane-Like Storm Bashes Northeast

A major storm made its way across the Northeast on Thursday, causing heavy rain and snow over many states.
The storm drenched New York City with rain and dropped over two feet of snow on Albany, New York, CNN reported.
Blizzard-like conditions caused power outages in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and are expected to cause more outages as the storm lingers over the Northeast for the next few days, CNN reported.
Record snowfall could be seen in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, as they could see up to 30 inches of snow by the weekend, CNN reported.
The storm has also caused many flight delays at the major airports in the Northeast, the New York Times reported.
With Hurricane-like winds of up to 50 mph, a winter storm warning is in effect until Friday evening, CNN reported.

Janikowski Becomes Highest Paid Kicker in NFL History

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and the Oakland Raiders agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday, making Janikowski the highest paid kicker in NFL history.
The team has not announced the signing yet, but someone familiar with the contract reported the deal, the Star Tribune reported.
Janikowski had the best season of his 10-year career in 2009, making 26 of 29 filed goals, the Star Tribune reported. His only misses came from 45, 57, and 66 yards.
Janikowski was also drafted in the first round in 2000, becoming the first specialist to be drafted in the first round in 21 years, the Star Tribune reported.
This record-breaking deal set a new bar for the free-agent kicking market, the New York Times reported. Teams might be more inclined to give kickers higher salaries, especially with an uncapped salary year in 2010.


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