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Three bodies found in Zimmerman home

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Three people were found dead Sunday morning in their Zimmerman home, the Star Tribune said.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott announced that all three were deceased upon deputies' arrival at 10 a.m., the St. Cloud Times said.

"We've got 5,000 people and we are all one big family," Mayor Dave Earenfight said, according to the Star Tribune. "They are all in our prayers right now. We will pray and grieve and go on from here."

Investigators are not looking for suspects at this time, but additional details will be released upon availability, the St. Cloud Times said.

Louisville's Kevin Ware injures leg

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Basketball player Kevin Ware broke his right leg Sunday in Louisville's Elite Eight game against Duke, CBS Sports said.

"It was as bad as I've ever seen," said Richard Pitino, son of Louisville's coach and Florida International head coach, according to CBS. "I've never seen a bone come out of a shin like that."

Ware underwent treatment at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, USA Today said.

While lying on the court, Ware told his teammates, "don't worry about me. I'll be OK. You guys go win this thing," Louisville's coach said in an interview with CBS, according to USA Today.

Three dead in Virginia car pile-up

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At least three people were killed and at least 25 needed medical attention Sunday following a pile-up on a Virginia interstate, ABC News said.

Virginia State Police blamed Fancy Gap Mountains' "excessive fog" for the accident, which occured around 1 p.m., involving at least 75 vehicles, NBC News said.

Northbound lanes were closed for easy emergency vehicle access, Virginia State Police said in a statement, according to ABC News.

North Korea begins "state of war" with South

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North Korea announced it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea Saturday after Kim Jong Un made a call to arms, NBC News said.

"From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," the North's official KCNA news agency said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden insisted the U.S. was taking North Korea's threats seriously, although it "has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats," she said, according to NBC News.

The North and South have a long history of disagreement, though tensions have increased since February, when the North carried out its third nuclear weapons test, NBC News said.

Recent HIV drugs cure 14 adults

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Researches in France have discovered that immediate treatment after HIV may be possible to cure one out of 10 people diagnosed early after analyzing 14 HIV patients who appear to be completely cured, BBC News said.

The study consisted of 70 people with HIV who had been treated with antiretroviral drugs between 35 days and 10 weeks after they were infected, which is sooner than people typically receive treatment, the New Scientist said.

Four women and 10 men were able to quit ARVs without any signs of relapse after taking the drugs for an average of three years, the New Scientist said.

"They still have HIV, it is not eradication of HIV, it is a kind of remission of the infection," Dr. Asier Saez-Cirion from the Institute Pasteur in Paris said, according to BBC News.

"Whether they'll control it forever, or whether it'll be for a number of years and subsequently they will progress and the virus will reappear, we don't know."

Police standoff ends with gunman dead

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An upstate New York man police who believed to be responsible for the deaths of four people and the injuries of two was shot and killed Thursday after an overnight police standoff, NBC News said.

Kurt Myers, 64, "fired shots and law enforcement returned shots killing him," state police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said, according to the New York Post. Myers had stayed inside a vacant bar for 19 hours before cops and FBI agents finally entered the building.

Myers began his killing spree Wednesday, shooting up a barber shop and Gaffy's Fast Lube, the New York Post said.

"This is truly an inexplicable situation," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Thursday, according to NBC News. "There was no apparent rational motive, to the best of our knowledge at this time, to provoke these attacks."

Man who taped Romney's 47 percent comment speaks out

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A Florida bartender claimed Wednesday to be the man behind the video that showed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney slandering "47 percent" of the country, CBS News said.

The bartender, whose name will not be released until an MSNBC interview set to air Wednesday night, was working with the catering company hired for the event Romney spoke at, USA Today said.

He credited his footage to former President Bill Clinton, who had made an effort to thank the kitchen staff at an event the bartender previously worked at, CBS News said. He had hoped bringing his camera would result in a photo of the GOP candidate and him, though it resulted in much more than that.

In a post-election interview, Romney said, "there's no question [the footage] hurt and did real damage to my campaign," according to USA Today.

New pope elected

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VATICAN CITY - The chimney of the Sistine Chapel released white smoke Wednesday, symbolizing that a new pope has been chosen, Telegraph said.

The new pope's name will not be released until his first appearance on a balcony on the front of St. Peter's Basilica, the New York Times said.

"It was like waiting for the birth of a baby, only better, " a Roman man said, according to the New York Times.

The new pope will have to deal with the many hardships facing the Church, including the scandal of sexual abuse of children by paedophile priests going back decades - and the cover-up of their actions by senior prelates, Telegraph said.

He was chosen in one of the fastest conclaves in years, despite the lack of a clear front-runner going into the vote and Pope Benedict XVI's abrupt resignation, Telegraph said.


Teen arrested in Duluth man's death

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A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in the killing of a 27-year-old Duluth Army Veteran, Bryan Alan Starnes, the Duluth News Tribune said.

The teen, whose name will not be released before formal charges are made, is currently being held at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center on preliminary charges of second-degree murder, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Authorities are unsure how Starnes knew the suspect and how the incident occurred, the Star Tribune said.

"We have no reason to think that the neighborhood is in any way in jeopardy; this is not a random act," Duluth Deputy Police Chief Robin Roeser said, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Queen Elizabeth II to sign equal rights charter

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Queen Elizabeth is set to sign a charter on Monday supporting equal rights in the 54-member Commonwealth states, BBC News said.

The 16-point document has been getting attention for it's stance on gender equality and what it may symbolize for the future of gay rights, NPR said.

The charter states, ""We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds," BBC News said. The document also covers democracy, rule of law, international security and freedom of expression.

The queen will deliver a speech Monday commemorating Commonwealth Day, marking the first official event she has attended since leaving the hospital earlier this week, BBC News said.

5 firefighters hurt in fire at New Jersey building

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Five firefighters were injured Sunday morning while fighting a five-alarm fire in northern New Jersey, authorities said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

What caused the fire, which began on the ground floor of a restaurant, is unknown, ABC News said. The fire spread to a local apartment building, though no one has reported any civilian injuries.

None of the firefighters were critically injured, though one suffered major cuts from a shattered window, caused by a backdraft-induced explosion, the Houston Chronicle said.

Obama renews Violence Against Women Act

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President Barack Obama signed the renewed 1994 Violence Against Women Act into law Thursday, USA Today said.

"All women deserve the right to live free from fear," Obama said, according to USA Today. "That's what today is about."

The Senate passed the bill on a 78-22 bipartisan vote, while the House passed it, 286 to 138, the Los Angeles Times said.

Additions to the bill include protection for women of Native American tribal lands who are attacked by non-tribal residents, as well as immigrants, gays and lesbians, USA Today said.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez dies

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, BBC News said, according to his vice-president.

Chavez, 58, first announced he had cancer in June 2011. He went to Cuba in December for surgery, but returned to Venezuela in February.

"We must unite now more than ever," Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who Chavez indicated as his choice for successor, said, according to CNN.

Venezuela's Constitution requires the country to hold elections within the next 30 days, though it is unclear who will lead until then, CNN said.

12-year-old boy dies weeks after school bullying

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A 12-year-old boy died Sunday after a January fight at his Philadelphia-suburb school left him hospitalized and under a medically-induced coma, ABC News said.

What happened before and after the fight, which left Bailey O'Neill with a concussion and a broken nose, is unclear to officials, the Delco Times said. However, Darby Township police and the county District Attorney's office have refrained from calling it a "bullying" case.

No charges have been filed, but the Delaware County District Attorney's Office has opened an investigation, ABC News said.

O'Neill had celebrated his 12 birthday on Saturday, ABC News said.

Analysis: Climate change

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The New York Times' article, "Global Warming & Climate Change" and the Courier-Mail's article, "Climate change to blame for summer of extreme heat and damaging floods, report says" both have visuals to enhance the seriousness of their topic, global warming.

Though these two articles are very similar, the New York Times included a map of the U.S. indicating which states have been affected the most, which helps the readers personalize such a broad topic.

The writing goes along with this visual, because it compares the U.S. to other countries around the world and how each area is harmed by the effects.

In the Courier-Mail article, however, the visual is simply a picture of an over-crowded beach, while the writing talks about bushfires, tornadoes, and damaging rain. While global warming can be attributed to overpopulation, I feel as if the multi-media effects should closely correlate with what is largely going on in the article.

New York man accused of sneaking into jail

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A New York-area man was caught impersonating a corrections officer Friday after spending at least a week at both Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, New York Magazine said.

Matthew Matagrano, 36, is a registered sex offender who has spent time in prison, himself, NBC News said.

The New York Post said Matagrano brought attention on himself after moving inmates to different cells, according to New York Magazine, however he wasn't caught until he claimed to be a Department of Corrections investigator at a Bronx courthouse.

Matagrano has a history of impersonating different professions, having pleaded guilty in 2004 for posing as a Board of Education member so he could gain access to students' records, NBC News said.

He was charged with burglary, possession of forged instruments, larceny and promoting prison contraband, NBC News said.

Search called off for Florida man presumed dead

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Florida officials ended their search Saturday for a Tampa man whose bedroom was engulfed by a sinkhole, CNN said.

The sinkhole began its damage Thursday night at Jeff Bush's home he shared with five other family members, including his brother, Jeremy, who attempted to find and rescue Jeff from the hole, the Chicago Tribune said.

"I couldn't get him out. I tried so hard. I tried everything I could," Jeremy said, according to CNN. "I could swear I heard him calling out."

The sinkhole is roughly 20 feet to 30 feet wide and could be up to 30 feet deep, Engineering Company President Bill Bracken, who assisted emergency workers, said, according to CNN.

The next step will be tearing down the house, presumably Sunday morning, Mike Merrill, county administrator for Hillsborough County, said Saturday, according to CNN.

Sinkholes, which are formed by rock erosion, are a common risk in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Chicago Tribune said.

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