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St. Thomas student called hero after saving friends

A student from St. Thomas has been called a hero after saving his friends lives.

According to the Star Tribune, Michael Larson, a student of the University of St. Thomas, who was originally from Woodbury, died Saturday in a house fire near St. Thomas's campus. Larson's roommate Cameron Cochran, 20, said Larson had saved his life that night after he woke all the roommates up by screaming, "Fire! Fire!" KSTP reported that Cochran said Larson had been sleeping on the couch in the downstairs of the home. He told authorities that there were three other people who lived in the home as well.

KSTP said that the three people in the home were stuck on the second story of the home because of the heavy amount of smoke. The Star Tribune reported that the cause of the fire has not been determined but started just after 3 a.m. and had started around the porch.

The Star Tribune added that when Cochran heard Larson yelling, he opened his bedroom door and got blasted by heat and was covered in soot. Cochran is currently being treated for carbon monoxide inhalation at Regions Hospital. They found Larson's body in the basement. Cochran suspects he was in the basement because he was trying to get downstairs to warn another roommate who lives there that there was a fire. However, Cochran says that roommate was not home. But, an official says that Larson was found on the first floor.

Harry Potter opens with $125 million

The newest installement of the Harry Potter franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows", debuted with $125 million.

According to ABC News, the movie earned an estimated of $125.1 million on its first weekend which put it at the top of the other Potter movies for opening weekend revenue. The New York Times reported that the movie actually debuted with $330 million worldwide and that it was the second biggest opening for the Harry Potter franchise.

ABC News said the movie played on 4,125 screen across the U.S. topping the previous franchise leader, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." The New York Times reported that Imax showings were on 239 screens and made up $12.4 million of the domestic box office sales.

27,000 without power in metro area

After a snowstorm Saturday, 27,000 residents in Minneapolis are left without power.

According to the Star Tribune, 27,000 Xcel Energy customers who live in the meto area are without power. Xcel crews are currently trying to repair the damage that was done on Saturday. Fox 9 News reported that the loss of power came after trees fell due to the heaviness of the snow. Also, Fox 9 News said there were 115,000 residents in the area without power.

The Star Tribune reported that Xcel Energy was going to have the majority of the residents power restored by Monday and that a little over 200,000 customers had lost power. Fox 9 News added that the roads were also a hazard to drivers around the metro area. The State Patrol told Fox 9 News that there were 401 crashes with 45 people receiving injuries.

Conan O'Brien returns to television

Comedian Conan O'Brien returns to late night television on Monday night.

According to the Dallas Morning News, one year after O'Brien left NBC's The Tonight Show, he is returning to TBS on Monday night for his new show titled Conan. According to the New York Daily News, said O'Brien's show will have a new time, a new bandleader, and some other new features.

The Dallas Morning News said that him being forced out of his dream job, The Tonight Show, has turned O'Briend from a gangly, goofy host to a "folk-hero leader." After getting his dreams snatched away from him by Jay Leno, former and once again The Tonight Show host, he went to the Internet and created a website for his fans, He even sported his new nickname, CoCo, which was dubbed to him by actor Tom Hanks.

The New York Daily News added that although O'Brien returning to television on a cable network, TBS, rather than his orignial broadcast network, NBC, can be seen as a step down, it plays to O'Briens comedy better. He can now be the "wacky, cutting-edge" Conan rather than the restraine Conan from the "Tonight Show." However, NBC still does own many of O'Briens fictional characters.

The Dallas Morning News reported that O'Brien's tale of defeat and further triumph tells a story of "Media Land." After O'Brien was booted, he created his own CoCo network, started YouTube videos, his own concert tour, and his own comedy tour. Since O'Brien left television, his flame has never burned brighter.

The New York Daily News added that O'Brien will once again be working with Andy Richter, his sidekick, and his executive producer Jeff Ross.

Miniskirt ban in Italian town

A miniskirt ban has been planned to be put in place in an Italian seaside town near Naples.

According to the Globe and Mail, Luigi Bobbio, mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, put a proposal together that would ban miniskirts that were too short. The Guardian reported that the mayor has ordered police officers to find women who are wearing too short of skirts or that are showing too much cleavage in order to raise the public decorum.

The Globe and Mail said the proposal would also ban sunbathing, playing soccer in public places, and blasphemy in order to "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence." The Guardian reported that the fines will be up to 500 Euros to offenders.

The Globe and Mail, from a source of BBC, reported that this wasn't the first Italian town to use their powers granted by the Prime Minister in order to cut down on anti social behavior. In some towns, sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs, and the use of lawnmowers on the weekends has been banned.

According to the Guardian, the mayor's proposal drew outrage from local politicans who protested with a sit-in outside the town hall.

Banksy creates controversial Simpson scene

The Simpsons aired Sunday a controversial opening title scene, created by UK graffiti artist, Banksy.

According to Entertainment Weekly (EW), the opening scene depicted Asian workers laboring over Simpsons animation and merchandise. BBC News added that Banksy created a minute long sequence that showed sweatshop workers creating Simpson stills and merchandise.

In the sequence, it also shows workers killing kittens to make Bart Simpson dolls and has a chained unicorn to help punchout holes in DVD's, reported EW. BBC News said the sequence was inspired by news that the show outsources their animation a company in South Korea.

The BBC also reported that Banksy's storyboard led to delays and disputes over broadcasting standards and the animation staff even threatened to walk out.

'Glee' beats Beatles in top billboard records

The "Glee" cast has passed the Beatles for most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a non-solo act, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Entertainment Weekly (EW) said that "Glee" will add six new entries on this week's Hot 100 singles chart for a grand total of 75 charting singles. The AP reported that the Beatles' only have 71 chart topping singles.

However, Elvis Presley and James Brown still top the chart with 108 singles and 91 singles, respectively reported EW.

The AP added that "Glee" has sold over 2.8 million albums and 11.5 million downloads. EW reported that "Glee" has released more singles, from the help of iTunes, than the Beatles' ever did in their entire career.

Stoudermire returns to play for Gopher football

Troy Stoudermire, a University of Minnesota wide reciever and kickoff returner, was reinstated Tuesday after being suspended last week for conduct detrimental to the team, said Gophers coach Tim Brewster.

Brewster said Stoudermire would play for the Gophers Saturday when they kickoff Big Ten Conference play against Northwestern, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that after Stoudermire was suspended he took to his Facebook page stating he was leaving the program for a school that would appreciate him. The Pioneer Press added Stoudermire said he was "no longer a gopher." Later, Stoudermire went to Brewster's office and apologized for his comments.

Brewster said Stoudermire's suspension last week was "self-inflicted" and he had been "remorseful about the situation," according to the Pioneer Press. After he apologized to the Gopher football team, they allowed him back to play for this weekend's homecoming game.

The Pioneer Press reported that quarterback Adam Weber said Stoudermire could earn back the teams respect by working hard and giving a strong effort.

Titanic sank due to steering error

A new secret has been revealed that the Titanic may have sank due to a steering error, not an iceberg.

According to ABC News, Louise Patten, the granddaughter of the Titanic's only surviving second officer to survive, Charles Lightoller, has revealed that the ship hit the iceberg because the man steering the ship made a mistake when he misunderstood an order and turned right instead of left.

Patten told New York Daily News, "They only had four minutes to change course and by the time [first officer William] Murdoch spotted [Robert] Hitchins' mistake and then tried to rectify it, it was too late."

ABC News reported that the real story behind the sinking of the Titanic has been a long kept family secret. Patten told ABC News that her grandfather lied about the events in order to avoid a lawsuit and the end of his job.

New York Daily News said that Patten told the secret "in advance" of her upcoming novel, "Good as Gold." The story is not about the Titanic but some of the elements of the tragedy are weaved into the story.

Lindsay Lohan admits to failing mandatory drug test

Lindsay Lohan has confirmed Friday that she failed a mandatory drug test via her Twitter account.

E! Online reports that Lohan took to her Twitter account stating, "Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result."

This comes after a 23 day stint in a rehab program at UCLA Medical Center and after serving 13 days of a 90 day sentence in jail, according to ABC News.

Although no court date has been set, Lohan's judge Elden S. Fox, stated that he would send her back to jail for 30 days if she fails a drug test, said E! Online.

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