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Man shot and killed in north Minneapolis

A man was shot and killed in a disturbance in north Minneapolis Friday evening.
The shooting occurred just north of Farview Park in ht 400 block of 19th Avenue North. Police are calling it a homicide, the Star Tribune said.
A patrol sergeant was on routine patrol at about 5:30 p.m. when he noticed a disturbance on the street. When he returned to check on it, he heard gunshots, the KARE11 said.
When the officer got to the scene, several people were fleeing and the victim lay in front of a house. Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said the man was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds, the Star Tribune reported.
No arrests have been made. Palmer asked anyone with information to call police at 612-692-TIPS.
The identity of the victim and his cause of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, KARE11 said.

Death of Mark Madoff ruled a suicide

The death of Mark Madoff, son of Bernard Madoff, was ruled a suicide Sunday.
The New York City medical examiner's officer completed the autopsy around 1 p.m., a day after Madoff's body was found hanging from a ceiling pipe in his SoHo apartment, CNN said.
Toxicology and tissue tests have not yet been conducted. Officials said the results will not be made public unless Madoff's next of kin asks for the case file, CNN said.
Madoff, 46, hanged himself early Saturday with a dog leash in his living room. It was the second anniversary of his father's arrest, the Los Angeles Times said.
Madoff's 2-year-old son and dog were found safe in the apartment by his father-in-law at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. His son was asleep, CNN said.
Madoff's wife, who was gone on vacation, asked her father to check on the family when she received worrying messages from Madoff, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo," Madoff's attorney Martin Flumenbaum said. "We are all deeply saddened by this shocking turn of events."
Bernard Madoff is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for swindling $50 billion in the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, CNN said.
Mark Madoff, his brother Andrew, and members of their families have all been sued by a trustee working for Bernard Madoff's victims, who blame the family for profiting from the scheme as well.
Both sons denied knowing involvement, the Los Angeles Times said.

Jet lands safely after engine malfunction

A jet carrying passengers to Russia made an emergency landing Sunday evening after experiencing engine trouble shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Moscow-bound Delta Air Lines Flight 30 returned to New York safely at about 6 p.m., CNN said. The flight had been in the air for about 50 minutes.
The Boeing 767 reported that the left engine failed shortly after takeoff, and was forced to turn back, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said. It was carrying 193 passengers and 11 crew members, the Associated Press reported.
FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the engine automatically shut down, CNN reported. She said reports of a fire on one of the wings were incorrect, the AP reported.
The incident happened about a mile from the airport at an altitude of about 1,500 feet. The plane dumped fuel in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the airport, CNN said.
Another jet carrying the passengers was scheduled to leave for Moscow later Sunday, the AP reported.

Legally dead man arrested in kidnapping

A man declared legally dead in 1994 was arrested Sunday in Mississippi on kidnapping charges.
Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, was arrested in the early morning at a Flying J Truck Stop in Gulfport, Mississippi, on suspicion of kidnapping Lexis Roberts, 12, of Las Vegas, Nevada, CNN said.
Roberts' remains were found by hunters in Catahoula Parish Oct. 8. Sanders was seen buying bullets on Sept. 3 in Las Vegas that were consistent with the weapon used in Roberts' homicide, the Associated Press said.
Roberts was last seen with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and Sanders, CNN said. Suellen Roberts, 31, is missing, but not a suspect in Lexis Roberts' death, the AP reported.
Sanders was legally declared dead by family members in Mississippi in 1994, CNN said. Since then, he moved around the country, living in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Nevada, the AP said.
He was also arrested numerous times. He was arrested several times in Tennessee and sentenced to two years in Georgia for simple battery, the AP reported.
Some of the charges involved minors, authorities said.

US may reconsider Sudan's Terror List status in political deal

The United States may remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as early as next July if the country meets set benchmarks, administration officials said Sunday.
The move is largely contingent on a Jan. 9 referendum in which southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the north. The south is expected to vote for independence, the Associated Press said.
A new outbreak of violence is feared if the north does not honor the referendum, created in a peace agreement that ended years of civil war. Oil fields, located mostly in the south, are one of many issues that have complicated the division of Sudan, the New York Times said.
The offer from Obama's administration was presented to Sudanese leaders over the weekend by Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is the latest in a range of incentives first offered in September, the AP said.
The State Department list also includes Iran, Cuba, and Syria, and included North Korea until the Bush administration removed it in 2008 in a largely unmet goal to encourage more flexible nuclear program talks. Sudan has long petitioned to be removed and has recently cooperated in counterterrorism efforts, the New York Times reported.

Nine people shot at Oakland Halloween party

Nine people were shot early Sunday at an Oakland Halloween party, the Oakland Tribune reported.
The shooting occurred at 12:01 a.m. at a party called the annual Fright Fest, billed as "the biggest college party in the Bay Area." The party was held inside Sweet's Ballroom, at 1933 Broadway, the Oakland Tribune said.
Most of the victims were hit in the arms and legs. One man who is believed to have been the target was wounded in the back, the Associated Press reported. None of the injuries were life threatening, Oakland police said.
Oakland police Lt. Rick Hassna said most of the victims were 18- to 29-year old women and were hit by stray bullets, the AP reported.
The party cost $15 to attend and included DJs and music and was advertised to local colleges and university students, the AP said.

Man killed, woman hurt in attempted copper wire theft

A man was killed and a woman badly injured when they tried to steal copper wire from an electrical vault in Southern California, the Associated Press said.
Witnesses said they heard an explosion. South Gate police spokesperson Lt. Keith Huff said the woman tried to pull the man away from the vault after the explosion when the electricity passed through her body, the AP reported.
The man died at the scene and the woman was taken to St. Francis Medical Center with severe burns. She was listed in critical condition Saturday night, CNN said.
The couple thought the power was off, Huff said.
Police found two children, ages 3 and 6, believed to be the couple's waiting in a truck near the property, CNN reported.
Much of South Gate was without power for several hours following the explosion, the AP said.

Man charged in killing of off-duty Maryland police officer

A man was charged with first-degree murder Sunday in the death of an off-duty Baltimore police detective.
Sian James, 25, is suspected in the killing of Brian Stevenson, CNN reported. Stevenson died of a blow to the head in a dispute over a parking space late Saturday night, police said.
The dispute began verbally but ended when a suspect struck Stevenson with a rock or piece of concrete, police representative Anthony Guglielmi said. Stevenson was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died of head trauma later that night, MSNBC reported.
James, who has a history of domestic violence, was arrested hours later at a downtown nightclub, Guglielmi said, MSNBC reported.
The altercation happened around 10 p.m. outside a restaurant in Baltimore's southeast neighborhood of Canton, where Stevenson was celebrating his 38th birthday with a friend. Stevenson was an 18-year police veteran, CNN said.

Wausou man must be rescued after chasing one-legged goose

A Wausou man was rescued from the Wisconsin River on Thursday after he jumped in while chasing a one-legged goose, the Associated Press said.
Troy Kaczor, 40, was arrested after Wausau firefighters rescued him from the cold water, Wausau Police Lt. Bill Kolb said. Kaczor had been drinking heavily before the incident and was unable to escape the river on his own, the Northwestern reported.
Kaczor took his shirt and shoes off at Big Bull Falls Park in downtown Wausau before he jumped into the river around 2:30 p.m. He told officers he wanted to catch the bird and roast it, the Northwestern said.
Police arrested Kaczor on an outstanding warrant for bail jumping, the Associated Press reported.

FBI arrests one in Fla. armored truck robbery

One man was arrested involved in the robbery and killing of an armored truck guard in South Florida, FBI officials said Sunday.
Nathaniel Moss, 31, was arrested shortly after the robbery when he crashed his car into a trash bin. He is charged with robbery, conspiracy, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm, the Miami Herald said.
Moss is one of four men believed to be involved in the robbery. Brinks security guard Alejandro Nodarse Arencibia, 48, was ambushed and shot in the head as he carried cash from the bank to an armored truck, the Associated Press reported. Arencibia died at the scene.
All the money taken during the robbery was recovered, said John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Division, the Miami Herald reported. The money was found inside of one of two vehicles that have been confiscated, he said.
Three other men, including 37-year-old Terrance Brown, were believed to have been involved, the Associated Press said.

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