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Egyptian President Preparing Martial Law Decree

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Egyptian government has reportedly approved legislation reinstating martial law in an effort to control the violent street protests, according to Egypt's media, the New York Times reported.

The state-run newspaper, al-Ahram, reported Saturday that President Mohamed Morsi's cabinet approved the decree that would reinstate martial law in order to control the growing protests. The decree grants military powers to arrest individuals deemed as "state security threats," the Washington Post reported.

President Morsi has not yet issued the decree reinstating martial law, the al-Ahram reported. The legislation may be a sign that the conflict between Egypt's new Islamist government and their secular opponents is escalating, the New York Times reported.

The protests in Egypt are being fueled by concerns over a new constitution for the Egyptian government. The secular opposition of the Islamist leaders contend that Morsi's religious leaders have too much influence on the drafted constitution, Nation Public Radio reported.

The conflict has escalated considerably between Egypt's Islamist government and the secular opposition, comprised of liberals, Christians, and leftists, National Public Radio reported. Violent protests have erupted leaving 211 people wounded during a protest outside the presidential palace Wednesday.

By Brett Stolpestad

Viking's quarterback Christian Ponder struggled in Sunday's game against the Packers. Despite Adrian Peterson's impressive performance, Ponder threw two interceptions and only completed 12 of 25 attempted passes for 119 yards, according to the NFL report.

Ponder threw two interceptions to the Packer's free safety Morgan Brunett while throwing into double and triple coverage. But not all of the blame can be placed on Ponder. The Viking's wide receivers struggled to break free of the Packer's pass-coverage, making it difficult for Ponder to find an open man. Ponder was able to find Viking's tight-end Kevin Rudolph on six completions for 51 yards and one touchdown, according to the NFL report.

Peterson had another big day, rushing for 210 yards including an 82-yard touchdown run. Sunday's game marks the most rushing yards Peterson has had since tearing his ACL and MCL last season, the Star Tribune reported.

The Packers were able to capitalize on both interceptions by turning them into field goals. Packers running back James Starks rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown, Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in almost two months, the Star Tribune reported.

Packers wide receiver James Jones caught a 32 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers for the other Packer's touchdown. Rodgers was 27 for 35 in passing attempts for almost 386 yards, according to the NFL report.

Israel Targets Government Buildings In Gaza Strip

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By Brett Stolpestad

Israel has expanded its assault on the Gaza Strip to include government buildings on Saturday, destroying the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister, the Washington Post reported.

The headquarters of the Hamas Prime Minister was completely destroyed in an airstrike that targeted government buildings along the Gaza strip, the Washington Post reported.

Israel said that over 200 targets were hit in Gaza. The attacks were launched after Israel intercepted a missel fired by Gaza militants aimed at the populous city of Tel Aviv, the New York Times reported.

The missel fired at Tel Aviv was one of 60 missels that were fired by Gaza militants into Israel on Saturday, the New York Times reported.

The attacks by Israel on the coastal strip has raised questions of wether Israel has expanded its target range to include Hamas government buildings, the Washington Post reported.

CIA Director Petraeus Resigns

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By Brett Stolpestad

Central Intelligence Agency director David H. Petraeus unexpectedly announced his resignation Friday after engaging in an extramarital affair, the New York Times reported.

The highly decorated U.S. General sent his letter of resignation to President Obama Thursday, explaining that his actions were unacceptable, both as a husband and the leader of the C.I.A., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Star Tribune reported that the affair was discovered during and investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to officials.

President Obama was shocked by the unexpected call from Petraeus, having no advanced warning, the Washington Post reported. President Obama accepted the resignation before Petraeus issued his statement.

President Obama praised Petraeus for his decades of service to the U.S. and added that Petraeus's lifetime of service made the United States a safer place, the Washington Post reported.

Deputy director of the C.I.A., Michael J. Morell, will reassume the position of acting director of the C.I.A., a position he held previously after Leon E. Penetta left last year, the New York Times reported.

Wolf Hunting Season Opens in Minnesota

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By Brett Stolpestad

Wolf hunting season in Minnesota opened Saturday with the trapping season to open later this November, the Pioneer Press reported.

This is the first wolf hunting season in Minnesota since wolves were taken off the endangered list last January. In fact, it is the first-ever managed wolf hunting season in Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota has set the wolf hunting and trapping quota to 400 wolves for the season but so far there have been only seven wolves registered, the Star Tribune reported.

The quota for the early season is set at 200 wolves distributed to 3,600 hunters with wolf licenses, the Star Tribune reported.

Opponents to the wolf hunt lost the battle to block the hunting season but are still fighting the Department of Natural Resources. One of the opponents, Howling for Wolves, plans to prostest outside the DNR's St. Paul headquarters on Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Hurricane Sandy Nearing East Cost

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By Brett Stolpestad

Hurricane Sandy is making its way toward the East Coast spanning from North Carolina to Maine, the Washington Post reported.

Hurricane Sandy has considerable force with wind speeds close to 75 mph, threatening the the lives and homes of millions of people up and down the east coast, the Washington Post reported.

The Hurricane has prompted the evacuation of many densely populated U.S. cities, including a widespread evacuation in New York, the New York Times reported.

So far the city of New York has ordered the evacuation of more than 370,000 people and has set up shelters at 76 public schools, the New York Times reported.

Officials and forecasters have warned the public of the dangerous and potentially fatal force of the storm, which is reported to swing inland on Monday evening, the New York Times reported.

Protests Erupt in Beirut After Funeral Ceremony

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By Brett Stolpestad

Tensions from the waging war in Syria spilled over to neighboring Lebanon as angry protestors and Lebanese troops brawl in the streets after the funeral of a slain police official, the L.A. Times reported.

The violent protests erupted in Beirut when Sunni mourners attempted to storm the office of the prime minister in response to the assassination of Brig. General Wissam al-Hassan, the Washington Post reported.

The protest was sparked when speakers urged Sunnis to take revenge against the Hezbollah-led government for al-Hassan's death, the Washington Post reported.

Lebanese attempted to disperse the crowd of hundreds by using tear gas and firing into the air, the L.A. Times reported.

The protest ended after about and hour and there were no casualties, the L.A. Times reported.


Skydiver Plans a 22-mile Free Fall

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By Brett Stolpestad

Professional daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, plans to jumo from a balloon 22 miles above the surface of the Earth Tuesday, the New York Times reported.

Baumgartner will perform a series of barrel rolls in the upper atmosphere before plunging headfirst at more than 700 miles per hour, the New York Times reported. The free fall will last for almost five and a half minutes until Baumgartner's open his chute a mile above the New Mexico desert.

If the jump is successful, Baumgartner will be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, the New York Times reported.

More than two dozen high-definition and high-resolution cameras will capture the jump, some will stream live on Tuesday morning a 20 second delay, the Washington Post reported.

Cameras will capture the event from the capsule from which Baumgartner is jumping, his pressure suit, helicopters and ground-based tracking systems, the Washington Post reported.

Vikings Get Another Win at Home Against the Titans

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Vikings got another win at Mall of America Field Sunday defeating the Tennessee Titans with a final score of 30-7.

The Vikings have not yet been defeated at home and improved their record to 4-1, tied for the top of the NFC North division along with the Chicago Bears.

The combination of the Vikings defensive success and a stellar performance from Percy Harvin made the win possible, with the defense only allowing 267 total yards and Harvin catching eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, the Star Tribune reported.

The Vikings did have some misfortune in the game with safety Harrison Smith being ejected after shoving a referee aside during an altercation following an interception by Antoine Winfield, the Star Tribune reported.

The Vikings' next game will be against the Redskins in Washington next Sunday.

Vikings Lead the NFC North

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Vikings moved their record to (3-1) after the defeating the Detroit Lions Sunday, taking the lead in the NFC North division.

The Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 20-13 Sunday with the help of a 105 yard return from Percy Harvin on the opening kickoff, the Star tribune reported.

Marcus Sherels added to the Viking lead with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, the Pioneer Press reported.

Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards over 21 carries, making it the first time Peterson has broken 100 yards carried since Oct. 3 of 2011, the Star Tribune reported.

Christian Ponder completed 16 passes of 26 attempts with no touchdown throws or interceptions.

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