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High-fat diet may help reverse kidney damage

A "ketogenic diet" could reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PloS One, reported The Bellingham Herald.

At the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City a neuroscientist, Charles Mobbs, first did a study using mice. He found that dietary intervention alone is enough over an eight week span, BBC News said.

This diet of 87 percent fat is brutal and recommended only for those who are desperate, The Bellingham Herald said.

It is questionable whether the diet used would be sustainable for humans until clinical trials are performed, BBC News said.

New plan affects air controllers off hours

Federal officials announced a plan to guarantee a minimum of nine hours off between tightly scheduled shifts to air traffic controllers on Sunday morning, according to The Washington Post.

It took a seventh air traffic controller to fall asleep on Wednesday for the Federal Aviation Administration to understand that the current schedules were failing in their design, NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman told USA Today.

Within the nation's air-traffic system fatigue has become a major issue, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told The Washington Post that he has no tolerance for sleeping on the job.

There are currently 15, 475 controllers nationwide and it may take till the end of the week before the new rules take full effect, according to The Washington Post.

Gas prices accelerating across the nation

The average price for a gallon of gas in the United States is $3.76 according to a survey of oil prices, reported Star Tribune.

Jumping 19 cents over the past three weeks, the average gallon of gasoline is 91 cents higher that this time the previous year, reported Star Tribune.

Prices are prompted by a number of variables, reported Kane County Chronicle. "The ongoing tragedy in Japan, unrest in the Middle East, war in Lybia, weakness in the U.S. dollar and economic volatility in the U.S. and Europe," said Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst.

Prices are expected to drop as the demands for high fuel prices and economic recovery cool down within weeks, rather than months, DeHaan told the Kane County Chronicle.

A Southwest jetliner made an emergency landing in Yuma, Ariza., after losing pressure due to a fuselage rupture ending in subsurface cracks, reported Star Tribune.

Inspectors have found small subsurface cracks in two more Southwest Airlines planes, while 19 others passed the inspection and returned to service as of late Sunday, reported USA Today.

A National Transportation Safety Board member said there wasn't any "indication that the plane was improperly inspected or maintained." Maintenance crews would have to be specifically searching for such cases, other than routine management, reported USA Today.

After leaving Phoenix and in the air for 18 1/2 minutes, decompression occurred and the assessment of the damage prompted pilots to declare an emergency to land in Yuma's suitable airport, reported, Star Tribune.

Perham adds state title to the end of an emotional season

The Perham Yellowjackets, now the Class AA Minnesota State Boys High School Basketball Champions, completed a victory over Rochester Lourdes on Saturday at the Target Center, reported Pioneer Press.

In the beginning of their season, junior-teammate Zach Gabbard, 17, collapsed during a game Jan. 20. The team carries his jersey with them as motivation while he is rehabbing at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, reported in Star Tribune's basketball hub.

Remembered now as the first time in history the school has competed in the state tournament, the boys knew Zach was the reason they wanted to be there, providing to them the inspiration that they needed, Pioneer Press reported.

Gabbard was too tired to attend Saturday's championship game but the coach told Pioneer Press that the teammate was watching the game on TV in his hospital room.

Durst quadruplets become new reality TV stars

Identical quadruplets from Buffalo are staring in a six-episode TV series "Four of a Kind" starting Tuesday night to follow the sisters in their senior year of high school, reported Pioneer Press.

Calli, Kendra, Megan, and Sarah Durst are one of only 63 sets of identical quadruplets in the world as they reach their 18th birthday, according to Pioneer Press.

The quadruplets mother, Naomi Durst, could not pass up the opportunity of a TV series when told that the family would be paid enough to cover "a considerable amount" of the quadruplets college expenses, reported Star Tribune.

Without the use of fertility drugs, Naomi Durst, beat the odds of having quadruplets, but the real anticipation the girls will split up next fall as they pursue the rest of their lives, reported Star Tribune.

Satellite Glory fails to launch

According to NASA, the climate research satellite did not reach orbit March 4 due to the fairings failure to separate and is likely to have landed in the South Pacific, reported The Washington Post.

If Glory had reached orbit, it would have been on a three-year mission to analyze airborne particles and track solar radiation and its effects on climate change, reported Boston Globe.

NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt called the mission "one of the most important (and most delayed) satellite launches in ages," reported The Washington Post.

Two years have been spent studying what went wrong with the 2009 mission that also failed. The $424 million mission is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, reported Boston Globe.

Two Harbors man pleads guilty to hoarding 100 cats

Edward Todd Stoehr, 70, was accused of hoarding more than 100 cats and pleaded guilty on Friday to animal neglect and maltreatment, according to Duluth News Tribune.

Two years of positive probation and a $1,500 fine was ordered as part of a plea deal, as well as the reduction of felony charges to a misdemeanor, reported Star Tribune.

Stoehr has not been formally sentenced yet, reported Duluth News Tribune, but the conditions of the cats was enough to know that neglect was happening under this man's provision.

Duluth Township Police Chief Shawn Padden said that the smell of the scene was "the worst I've ever been in," according to Duluth News Tribune.

Amtrak evacuated in Montana

A drunken Burnsville man said he left a bomb aboard the Amtrak on Tuesday during a Montana blizzard, reported Star Tribune.

Hussein Abdi Hassan pleaded not guilty to two charges of felony criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, according to The Great Falls tribune.

Passengers were evacuated and forced to wait 11 hours until the train was declared bomb-free, according to an Amtrak official.

The search by local officials totaled more than eight hours, also forcing to bring in a new crew because the individuals worked the maximum amount of hours allowed to work ,reported Missoulian.

Denny Hecker gets 10 years

Denny Hecker was sentenced on Friday by a federal judge to the maximum 10-year prison term for scamming auto lenders and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

He must also pay restitution to the victims, totaling $31.36 million, reported Star Tribune, and that is far from the $250 million in defaulted loans owed to Chrysler Financial.

The 58-year-old apologized for his crimes after months in jail, and admitting that his ego got too big resulting in desperate efforts to cover up his crimes, reported Pioneer Press.

Family members and friends believe that many people have forgotten Hecker as the upstanding businessman up until the last two years of his 30-year career, when his businesses started failing, reported Pioneer Press.

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