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Three Secret Service members, two of them supervisors, are leaving the agency to make way for the investigation into whether their shenanigans involving Columbian prostitutes caused a security breach, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Meanwhile, a joint effort in the house has requested that Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan provide members of congress with "a complete description and account" of anyone involved or who knew about misconduct by agents and officers on the night agents allegedly brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Eight other secret service personnel have also been placed on administrative leave, the Seattle Times reported.

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was returning home from a television interview late at night when he saw the flames from a nearby house, the New York Times reported. Since the fire department had not arrived yet, he abandoned his security and went into the house, picked up a screaming woman, and carried her out of the house, the New York Times reported.

He and the woman suffered from smoke inhalation, and he received second-degree burns to his right hand, CNN reported. Still, he tweeted his followers ""Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."

Booker was once a college football player, and is known around his city for being a very hands on mayor: even shoveling during the blizzard that hit the Northeast in 2010, the Washington Post reported.

Mitt Romney won three primaries Tuesday -- Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia -- adding more votes to his already substantial lead over the rest of the Republican candidates, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Rick Santorum came in second in all three races, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul falling far behind, BBC reported. Santorum refuses to heed calls for him to step down in the name of party unity, as only half of all states have voted in the primaries.

This latest string of victories seems to validate his recent campaign strategy, which has been to ignore his GOP rivals and concentrate on defeating President Obama in the upcoming election, CNN reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must begin proceedings to ban the use of common antibiotics in animal feed after a ruling by Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York on Thursday, the Inquisitr reported.

Environmental and public health groups have for years condemned the use of antibiotics in animal feed, saying that this concentration of antibiotics is bad for humans, and has helped breed antibiotic resistant "superbugs" like MRSA, KARE 11 reported.

Most of the time antibiotics are not fed to sick animals to treat infections, but are given to healthy animals to give them more bulk and make them look healthier, the Examiner reported.

Florida is one of at least 20 states which has a law that allows the use of deadly force as self-protection in public spaces, and completely removed the duty to retreat in the face of a perceived threat, the L.A. Times reported. Now, thousands across the country are rising up against these laws that they say may allow a killer to walk free, the L.A. Times reported.

Ever since the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, by a self-proclaimed "neighborhood watch captain", even those in favor of 2nd Amendment rights have been calling for reform, the L.A. Times reported.

The shooter, George Zimmerman, claimed that not only did Treyvon, who is black, looked "suspicious" but that the shooting was not racially charged, since he is hispanic, the Chicago Tribune reported. He has still not been taken into custody, something that has further enraged those protesting the law.

President Obama himself even weighed in on the situation, calling for the nation to do some "soul searching" and saying, "If I had a son, he would look like Treyvon", according to another L.A. Times article.

Mitt Romney won 6 states this Tuesday, though lost North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee to Rick Santorum and Georgia to Newt Gingrich, Politico reported. Between those and all of his wins in previous caucuses, he is looking to be the definite frontrunner in the Republican nomination, Politico reported.

Still, Santorum took enough votes to raise some concern among Republicans about whether Romney will be able to rouse the sort of enthusiasm out of voters that he needs to defeat Obama in 2012, CBS News reported.

CBS News called Romney's victory "weak", and pointed out that he has yet to really connect with super conservative, born again and evangelical voters. Santorum and Gingrich, though long shots at this point, are still definitely in the race, reported CBS News.

Arizona and Michigan Go to Romney

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Mitt Romney solidified his claim as the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race after pulling a double win yesterday in both Michigan and Arizona, USA Today reported.

Romney "routed" Rick Santorum in Arizona, but only won narrowly in his birth state of Michigan, where his father was once governor, the Washington Post reported.

The four candidates for the Republican nomination will face their biggest test on "Super Tuesday", where 419 delegates go up for grabs, reported Fox News. Fox News polls show that Newt Gingrich is leading in his home state of Georgia, while Santorum has the strongest hold on Ohio.

Arizona was a winner-takes-all-delegates state while Michigan delegates per district won, leaving Romney with 163 delegates followed by Santorum's 83, USA Today reported. A candidate needs 1,144 to secure the GOP nomination.

A judge decided Thursday to hold a 9-year-old boy at $50,000 bail for accidentally shooting his classmate in school, CBS News reported.

The boy wept while he sat in front of the judge in his orange jumpsuit with Jason Cochran, his father, and Patrick Cochran, his uncle and legal guardian, sat near him and attempted to comfort him, the Washington Post reported.

The judge will decide sometime later whether to press charges of illegal gun possession and third-degree assault after determining whether the boy knew what he was doing was wrong and whether anyone else was to blame for the incident, the Daily Mail reported.

Both of the boy's parents have criminal records, the Washington Post reported.

Santorum leads the GOP nominee race

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A national CBS News/New York Times poll has shown that Rick Santorum has pulled slightly ahead of Mitt Romney, reported CBS News. They said Santorum has the vote of 30 percent of the Republican primary voters, followed by Romney at 27 percent, Ron Paul at 12 percent, and Newt Gingrich at 10 percent.

NPR, on the other hand, noted that the Public Policy Polling survey has placed Santorum 15 points ahead of Romney in a substantial lead. The polls also suggest that Santorum could lead in Michigan, the state where Romney grew up, and Arizona, which has a sizable Mormon population, NPR reported.

Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times posted on his NYT blog that it would be a good thing for President Obama's reelection prospects if Santorum was able to take the nomination, since he is "far along on the loony fringe" of Republicans who don't believe in global warming and think that the president is forcing the Catholic church to pay for birth control services.

Caucuses that took place Tuesday in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado all went to Rick Santorum, surprising many who thought Romney the unstoppable frontrunner and putting Santorum firmly back in the race, CBS News reported.

Santorum had done quite a bit of canvassing in the midwest and Colorado in the past few weeks, especially as compared to Romney, who only started concentrating on the area a few days ago, and Gingrich, who never really paid these states much attention at all, the Associated Press reported.

Minnesota and Colorado were both decisive victories for Romney in the 2008 Republican primaries, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to WSJ, the distribution of votes in Minnesota with 88 percent counted were as follows:

Rick Santorum 45%
Ron Paul 27%
Mitt Romney 17%
Newt Gingrich 11%

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