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Idaho miner presumed dead

A miner is most likely dead after a collapse occurred in Idaho nine days ago, mining company officials said Sunday in The New York Times.

Larry Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished a project in the mine when the tunnel ceiling collapsed. Mike Marek escaped, according to The New York Times. After a week of rescue missions, the family was informed of the change to a recovery operation.

No cause has been established since Hecla Mining Company shut down production to focus search efforts. Rescue workers are blasting rock to reach Marek's last known location, the Associated Press said.

The last death at the mine occurred in 1986 and no contact has been made with Larry Marek since the day of the collapse, The New York Times said.

Spring storms leave 39 people dead in six states

Powerful storms ripped through six southern states killing 39 people as of Sunday morning, according to NY Daily News.

The death toll is expected to rise as search-and-rescue units search the rubble left from tornadoes, flash floods, and hail. Families were killed while sleeping in their homes during the past few days, NY Daily News said.

A state of emergency was declared in North Carolina after an unusual number of supercell tornadoes touched down in the same area, totaling 62, according to CNN U.S.
The storm claimed lives in Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Mississippi, and North Carolina, according to NY Daily News.

Federal support is necessary and will be given as the number of reported storm-related incidents continues to rise from this epic storm, according to CNN U.S.

Government avoids shutdown and reaches agreement

An agreement was met Friday evening through both houses and the president who agreed on a budget that will keep the government running through the financial year, reported The Washington Post.

Calls were made for increasing Pentagon spending and cuts to domestic federal programs shortly before the government ran out of money, New York Times reported.

Obama signed into law a stopgap measure on Saturday, until a long-term deal is made this week by Congress, reported The Washington Post.

Not everyone will be pleased with the painful outcomes, but a net spending reduction of nearly $38 billion are the beginning steps to a resolve, reported The New York Times.

Title IX investigation at Yale University

The United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights will investigate several instances of sexual misconduct from recent years at Yale University, according to a press release Thursday afternoon.

Title IX prohibits discrimination or exclusion from education programs and the University has failed to dissolve its sexual environment on campus, according to Yale Daily News.

The investigation truly started as a result of 16 people, 12 women and 4 men, filing a complaint against the University last month, according to New York Times on Thursday.

The complainants hope that the University is found out of compliance so the necessary steps are taken to allow a change of equal access, or the University will lose their federal funding from the state, reported Yale Daily News.

Geraldine A. Ferraro dies at age 75

Known as the first woman nominated for national office by a major party, Geraldine A. Ferraro died Saturday in Boston of complications from multiple myeloma, reported New York Times' Douglas Martin. She was 75.

Her zest and political smarts are what snagged her the vice president nominee for Walter Mondale's presidential election, capitalizing on her ambitiousness, reported Terry O-Neill from CNN.

Ferraro brought a new face to national politics long dominated by older gentlemen, giving young women the opportunity to aspire to anything, The International reported. She thought of the opportunities that her two daughters may have someday because of her efforts.

President Obama commented in the New York Times that she was trailblazer leading the way for women and will be remembered for the barriers she broke. She gave many women heart as she ascended in the political world.

Bus accident kills 15 people

A World Wide tours bus slid into a signpost that sheared it, killing 15 people in New York Saturday morning, according to Star Tribune.

Known as one of the deadliest bus accidents in years, the passengers were returning to Chinatown from an overnight trip at Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, according to Star Tribune.

The driver, Ophadell Williams, claims to have been sideswiped by a big rig, but investigators want to know if he was speeding or fell asleep at the wheel, NY Daily News reported.

Bodies were found everywhere with the dead and living tangled, leading to around 20 people treated at area hospitals, Star Tribune reported.

21 airlines fined for fixing fees

Since Sunday there have been 19 executives charged with wrongdoing and 21 airlines payed more than $1.7 billion in fines, reported Star Tribune.

Avoiding financial ruin in the airline industry over the past decade resulted in one of the largest criminal antitrust investigations in U.S. history.

Inflation of passenger and cargo fuel surcharges occurred between 2000 and 2006 as compensation was attempted from lost profits, reported Chicago Sun Times.

No major U.S. carriers have been charged, but those convicted include British Airways, Korean Air, and Air France-KLM, reported Chicago Sun Times.

Wisconsin protesters fail to leave by deadline

Protesters have filled the Wisconsin Capitol since Feb. 15 and few have failed to leave the building by a 4 p.m. Sunday deadline, reported Star Tribune.

Washington Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said that officers are trying to persuade protestors to leave voluntarily son that no arrests have to be made, according to the Associated Press.

The possibility of stripping the unions rights to collectively bargain has promoted this fight against Scott Walker, Wisconsin's new republican governor.

Karen Tuerk, one of the volunteers, told USA Today that they do not want to get in the way of those that want to demonstrate "civil disobedience in a peaceful manner."

Twin Cities man hits cow on Harley in Florida

A Cottage Grove man died after he crashed his motorcycle into a cow in the Tampa Bay area, reported the Miami Herald.

The impact sent the man flying and was pronounced dead on the scene according to authorities.

Maurice Anthony Fugere was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on U.S. Highway 41, reported Star Tribune.

The cow was standing in the road about 7:30 p.m. when he entered the curve in the road, reported St. Petersburg Times.

Baby monitor recall prompted by 2 deaths.

About 1.7 million monitors were recalled by Summer Infant, based in Woonsocket, R.I., on Friday after being linked to the strangulation of two infants.

The company is offering new on-product warning labels and instructions about monitor placement, reported the Star Tribune, but no replacement of the product is being made.

The monitors were sold between 2003 and 2011, reported the Star Tribune, but the Epoch Times added that it took the two deaths in the last year and near strangulations to prompt the recall.

Parents and caregivers are warned never to place monitors or cameras with cords within 3 feet of babies cribs, reported the Epoch Times.

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