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The lead of the article, "Body of missing Canadian woman, 21, found in water tank on Los Angeles hotel roof,"published by New York Daily News, focused primarily on when and where the body of the missing Canadian woman, Elisa Lam, was found.

The lead of the article, "Elisa Lam Autopsy Yet To Determine Cause Of Death," published one day later by the Huffington Post, proceeded to focus primarily on the why and how of the situation. Starting with the fact that the autopsy of the woman's body did not reveal the cause of death.

The fact that the body was found in the water cistern of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles was secondary news. The main news was summarized in a very short sentence, assuming the reader has already read the backstory of this particular event.

The second story advances the news by building off the information in the first article. The Huffington Post reiterates the situation only once, and then proceeds to add the new information and update the reader on the most current advances in the situation.

Las Vegas strip shootings

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Three people are dead and at least six are injured after gunfire lead to a multiple car crash on the Las Vegas strip on Thursday, the Huffington Post reported.

A black Range Rover fired shots at a Maserati around 4:20 a.m., the Huffington Post said.

Kenny Cherry was driving the Maserati at the time of the accident, NBC news reported. He was killed by the gun shots and his passenger was injured, causing the vehicle to spin out of control, NBC news said.

The Maserati ran a red light at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road and hit a taxi, which subsequently burst into flames, the Huffington Post said.

The taxi driver Michael Boldon, 62, and passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, were both killed due to "multiple blunt forced injuries," NBC news said.

All three deaths were classified as homicides, NBC news reported. The driver of the Range Rover fled the scene, the Huffington Post said. The California Highway Patrol alerted officers in at least three surrounding countries to be on the lookout of the SUV, the Huffington Post said.

A shock wave from the explosion of a 50-foot-wide meteor near Chelyabinsk, Russia on friday blew out windows and caused injuries to thousands of residents, NBC news said.

Around 9:20 a.m. the meteor's "flaring arc" stretched hundreds of miles across the sky, NBC news said. Followed by the sight, an atomic-bomb sized shock wave shattered glass and injured more than 900 people, the Washington Post said. Most of the injured were cut by glass from the windows shattered from the shock wave, NBC news said. No deaths have been reported, NBC said.

About 3,000 buildings in the Chelyabinsk region were also damaged, city officials told AP. Although noted as the largest reported fireball since the Tunguska event in 1908, "No serious consequences have been so far recorded," Vladimir Stepanov of the Emergency Situation Ministry said, according to NBC news.

Due to the "complexity of the issue" the Boy Scouts of America delayed the decision about whether to ease its policy of excluding gays until May, the Washington Post said. It is a very delicate issue, and leaning toward either side will alienate the another and inevitably anger those on the outside, ABC news said.
Gay-rights supports argue that no Scout should be discriminated against or dismissed because of their sexual orientation, ABC news said. On the other hand, conservatives such as religious churches are large sponsors for troops, and they warned that if the policy were even "partially eased" they would withdraw a great deal from the troops, ABC news said. Even with the support of President Barack Obama and the mayor of New York City to lift the ban, this serious deliberation will involve a broad spectrum of folks and thus needs the extra time, ABC news reports. Rallies in support of both sides have taken place outside of the BSA's headquarters, the Washington Post said. This issue has attracted national attention and will undoubtedly continue to do so as the final decision nears, ABC news reports.

The hostage standoff in Midland City, Alabama continues onto its sixth day, ABC news said. Bus driver Charles Poland was taking kids home from school on Tuesday when he stopped to let kids off and Jimmy Dykes boarded the bus around 3:40 p.m, CNN said. When Dykes demanded two children Poland stood in front of the aisle and told Dykes, 'Just please get off the bus,' ABC new reported. At least 21 kids were able to escape out the emergency exit at the back of the bus durning the time Poland was confronting Dykes, said police. Dykes then pulled out a gun and shot Poland four times, killing him, and then abducted 5-year-old Ethan, CNN reported. Police said there is no connection between Dykes and Ethan, or if Dykes was looking to take a specific child upon boarding the bus. After abducting Ethan, Dykes took him to a nearby bunker four-feet underground where they have been held up for the past six days, ABC news said. Ethan has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit disorder, making it necessary that he receive his prescription medication, CNN reports. Dykes has been in constant communication with negotiators through a 60-foot-long plastic ventilation pipe, which is also being used as a means of transporting Ethan's medication, coloring books, crayons and potato chips, CNN reports. Authorities are not releasing any information in regards to what Dykes is asking for from negotiators or as to what police are planning to do to rescue Ethan and end this standoff, ABC reports. Ethan is physically unharmed, but has been crying for his parents, Police said. For now, negotiations continue with the sole purpose of getting Ethan out unharmed, CNN repots.

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