It is not clear where the story idea for research in the story done by Reuters on Amazon's tax shield.

It is clear that the reporter did his study. There was not a single data that was attributed to another source. He made sure to gather as much information about Amazon's tax background as possible.

He had extensive interviews with those that were knowledgeable on the subject. The numbers used in the story were made simple, so it's easy for the reader to understand. There weren't clusters of data; the material was spread throughout the story.

Although, hyperlinks were included in the story, it was difficult to understand the information being presented. They didn't enhance the story, if anything; it was confusing if you weren't an expert on the topic.

There were related stories included; again, if you weren't familiar with the topic, it was difficult to get the full story.


Singer missing after plane crash in Mexico

| No Comments

The plane carrying Mexican-American singer, Jenni Rivera, crashed in Mexico City Sunday morning, according to CNN

The singer was leaving from a concert in northern Mexico the night before and was traveling with six other people, according to CNN.

Mexican officials said they found the private plane completely wrecked and they believe that no one on board survived the crash, according to CNN.

"The aircraft was destroyed, totally fragmented," Transportation Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said in a interview with CNN.

Authorities are still searching the area and have not found any of the passengers who were on the flight, according to CNN. The cause of the crash is still unclear, according to CNN.

Jenni Rivera, 43, was born in Long Beach, California and released her first album in 1999, according to CNN. She was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2002, according to CNN.

She is a judge on the current television show, "The Voice, Mexico," according to CNN. The show is scheduled to air Sunday night, according to CNN.

Rivera is the mother of five children, according to CNN.

Pakistan blamed for suicide bombing attack

| No Comments

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, said Saturday that the suicide bomber who attacked their new intelligence chief came from Pakistan, with the help of a sophisticated foreign intelligence service, according to The New York Times.

Asadullah Khalid suffered severe injuries after an attempt on his life by a suicide bomber, according The New York Times. Afghan's president said he would seek explanations from Pakistan's president when they meet later this month, according to the Star Tribune.

President Karzai admits that security screening had failed to do a thorough search on the bomber because the bomb was hidden around his groin and it went against traditional Afghan customs.

Although President Karzai is placing blame on Pakistan, the Taliban have taken responsibility for the attack, according to The New York Times.

"This is not the work of Taliban," he said in an interview to The New York Times. "This is a very professional and well-engineered attack. Taliban are not able to do this, but there are strong and skilled hands involved in the attack."

Khalid is known for publicly opposing the Taliban, according to The New York Times. However, there is no evidence linking Pakistan to the attack.

President Karzai also added that the assassination attempt has weakened progress toward peace negotiations between the countries.

"Whenever the peace talks are getting closer to a conclusion or success being achieved in the peace process or hopes being achieved, we face such attacks," Karzai said in the same interview.

No information has been released about the attacker, according to The New York Times. Khalid is receiving medical treatments at a facility at Bagram Air Base, according to The New York Times.


Tragedy strikes the NFL again

| No Comments

Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent was charged with manslaughter Saturday in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, according to the New York Times.

Brent, 24, was driving under the influence when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped over, according to the New York Times. Police said Brent was attempting to pull Brown, 25, out of the burning vehicle when they arrived at the scene, according to The New York Times. Brown was later pronounced dead at the hospital

Investigators are sure that Brent was going over the speed limit of 45 mph, according to The New York Times. Brent was originally charged with driving while intoxicated, but after Brown died, the charge was increased to a second-degree felony charge of intoxication manslaughter and he could face between 2 to 20 years in prison, if found guilty, according to The New York Times.

Court records show that in 2009 Brent was arrested near the Illinois campus, where he attended college with Brown, on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and speeding, according to The New York Times.

The crash comes just one week after Jovan Belcher, Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker, killed his girlfriend and himself.

Sex trafficking in Minneapolis

| No Comments

Officials are finding measures to combat sex trafficking in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The FBI named Minneapolis as on of 13 cities in the United States to have a large population of child prostitutes, according to the Minnesota Daily, with North Minneapolis being a high-risk area.

Young girls typically get involved with sex trafficking between the ages of 12 to 14, according to the Minnesota Daily. They are often runaways or come from a background of abuse, neglect, and poverty, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"These kinds of factors lead to vulnerability," Lauren Martin, a research associate at the University said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.

They are easy targets for those who engage in trafficking and can be easily groomed, Martin said in the interview.

Sex trafficking might be a problem in Minnesota, but the state is known for being hands-on when it comes to fighting it, according to the Minnesota Daily. Organizations such as the Northside Women's Space and the Runaway Intervention Project are in place to help the victims of sex trafficking, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Around 75 girls go through these programs each year, Kate Richtman, the juvenile division director for the Ramsey County's Attorney's office said to the Minnesota Daily. She also added that the Runaway Intervention Project provide discrete medical evaluations and therapy for the girls.

"What has been the program's strength is that it's a collaboration with law enforcement," Richtman said in the interview.

She finally added that the program has helped girls get back into school and overcome the trauma of being trafficked.

The University encourages the public to attend a discussion on how to understand and end trafficking at the Humphrey School, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Meditate the stress away

| No Comments

More university students are turning to mediation as a away to release stress during the last weeks of the semester, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Students say they feel more stress around finals than any other time during the school year, so they go to Mindfulness for Students to learn ways to better cope with it, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Mindfulness for Students is a group founded by some of the university's graduate students and instructors from all over the Twin Cities, according to the Minnesota Daily. The group meets once a week to meditate throughout the year, but they are the busiest during finals week, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"In the midst of an anxious classroom environment, I was able to have a sense of calmness," the group's co-founder and former student Alex Haley said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.

Other students say the group helps them reduce stress in other aspects of their life, not just during finals, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"To be mindful, you are able to focus your thoughts more," sophomore Norma Thompson said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily. "You can clear your head before you have to start taking on a task."

Different instructors, who teach their very own definitions of what it means to be mindful, lead the group, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Mark Nunberg, one of instructors, said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily that he wants students to understand the significance of meditating regularly.

Haley teaches a method called the "body scan," which is a technique based on stress reduction.

"You simply take your awareness and sweep it through the body," he said to the Minnesota Daily, "which creates a sense of relaxation."

The group hopes that more students can continue to use what they learn through meditation in their regular lives, according to the Minnesota Daily.

'Tis the season to give back

| No Comments

Residents across the Twin Cities are getting into the holiday spirit by giving back to their communities.

Homeowners are using their Christmas decorations to collect donations and raise money for charity with their extravagant Christmas decorations, according to the Star Tribune.

The Rozell family of Hopkins encourage people over to their home by dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus, according to the Star Tribune. Their candy cane wonderland includes candy cane blow molds and more than 20,000 red-and-white colored lights, according to the Star Tribune.

Sometimes sacrifices must be made in order for the displays to be complete, even if it means the Rozel's have to skip Thanksgiving sometimes, according to the Star Tribune.

Other locals are also getting into the spirit.

Nancy Odell of Burnsville uses her display to collect goods for the Pantry's Holidays Without Hunger campaign, after she was inspired by other families doing the same thing, according to the Star Tribune.

"It's a great way to help the community," she said in an interview with the Star Tribune.

The Schwiesow family in Lakeville has a display with more than 10,000 lights and they have been collecting donations since 2008, according to the Star Tribune. They have raised $2,095 in cash donations and received 1,112 pounds of food, according to the Star Tribune.

The donations go to an organization called 360, which serves the southern suburbs, according to the Star Tribune.

A list of local holiday light displays can be found on the Star Tribune website.

Mankato coach exonerated

| No Comments

A Mankato football coach was exonerated Saturday on felony child pornography charges, according to the Star Tribune.

A judge dismissed criminal charges against Todd Hoffner for recording a video of his three young children dancing naked and touching themselves, according to the Star Tribune.

The video was found when Hoffner turned in his cellphone to the school's IT department for technical problems, according to the Star Tribune. Police then searched his home, interview other coaches and talked to his children and no other supporting evidence was found, the Star Tribune wrote.

Hoffner's exoneration was supported by fellow coaches, students and residents of Mankato.

"I think he's been wronged," Mankato resident Tom Cooper said in an interview to the Star Tribune. "The district attorney took it way too far."

Supporters for Hoffner said they believe the video was innocent and the attorney's office overreacted, according to the Star Tribune.

"They screwed up,"John Swenson, a fan of the school's football team, said to the Star Tribune. "I have pictures of my boy when he was young and in the bathtub," he said. "Who doesn't have those? It's so inappropriate what they did to the coach."

Blue Earth County prosecutor Mike Hanson backed the county saying the case was "trying to enforce a statute enacted to protect children," in a written statement obtained by the Star Tribune.

Other residents said the case was provoked by the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal that occurred at Penn State, according to the Star Tribune.

"If we wouldn't have had the Sandusky thing a year ago, I don't think they would have been as quick to judge him and prosecute him," Becky Vosburg said to the Star Tribune.

Although, Hoffner was exonerated, he has been barred from the college pending further investigation, according to the Star Tribune.

NFL Player killed in murder-suicide

| No Comments

Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker, Jovan Belcher, killed his girlfriend and shot himself in the head early Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

Police received a call from a woman claiming that her daughter had been shot in her home, according to the Star Tribune. The call came from Belcher's mother, who referred to her son's 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra M. Perkins as her daughter.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said the woman had moved in with the couple to help with their 3-month-old daughter, who was with a family member at the time of the shooting, according to the Star Tribune.

Belcher then left the scene and went to the Chiefs headquarter, according to the Star Tribune. There, he thanked general manager Scot Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel for everything they had done for him and he shoot himself in the head, according to the Star Tribune.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, talked with Pioli after the shootings.

"I can tell you that you have absolutely no idea what it's like to see someone kill themselves," James said in a interview with the Star Tribune.

Belcher was one of many NFL players to commit suicide over the years, according to the Star Tribune.

Palestine recognized as a state

| No Comments

The United Nations voted early Thursday to recognize Palestine as a state, according to the Star Tribune.

It was passed by a 138-9 vote, according to the Star Tribune.

Palestine was originally divided in two in 1947, according to the Star Tribune, one for Arabs and one for Jews, while Israel was declared a state. This caused years of tension and violence among the two nations.

"The great Assembly is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said to the Star Tribune in a time he referred to as the "last chance" to save the divided nation.

Other members see this as taking a step backwards in bringing peace to the nations and its people.

"Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path of peace," U.N. ambassador Susan Rice said to the Star Tribune. "Today's grand pronouncements will soon fade and the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded."

Israeli Prime Minister called the vote "meaningless," according to the Star Tribune.

"The resolution in the U.N. today won't change anything on the ground," Netanyahu said. "It won't advance the establishment of a Palestinian state, but rather, put it further off."

Along with the United States and Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama all voted "no," according to the Star Tribune.

The Palestinians might have won this victory but they still face a lot of obstacles like having no army or police force, no control over their borders, trade or airspace, according to the Star Tribune.