December 9, 2007

Minnesotan Dies in Shooting in Colorado

A gunman walked into a Christian dormitory in a Denver suburb and opened fire early Sunday, killing two people -- including one woman from Minnesota.

Tiffany Johnson, 26, was killed, along with 24-year-old Phillip Crouse of Alaska.

According to the Star Tribune, no arrests have been made as of Sunday afternoon. The Star Tribune also said that the gunman came to the door of the dormitory and asked if he could spend the night.

When he was told that he couldn't stay, he opened fire. Witnesses said that he was 20 years old and white.

December 8, 2007

CompUSA to Shut Down

CompUSA, the electronics retailer, has been sold to a restructuring and investment firm, and will close down its stores and sell company assets.

According to the Wall Street Journal Online, Carlos Slim, the telephone and retail magnate from Mexico, will leave the U.S. consumer electronics market entirely. Golden Brothers Group bought out the retail chain.

Bloomberg said that the retail chain failed due to competition from stores like Wal-Mart.

Ridder Out at Star Tribune After Legal Settlement

Par Ridder resigned from the Star-Tribune on Friday after a legal settlement made by the Pioneer Press and the Star-Tribune.

Ridder lasted nine months as the publisher for the Star-Tribune and was previously employed by the Pioneer Press. Ridder was accused of stealing a laptop and private information from the Pioneer Press.

According to the Business Journal, the deal awards attorney fees to the Pioneer Press and mandates that Ridder can't work at the Star Tribune until 2008. In return, the Pioneer Press will drop its lawsuit on the Star Tribune.

Ridder left the Pioneer Press in March and lasted about nine months at the Star Tribune before resigning.

December 4, 2007

British Teacher Back In Britian

The British teacher in Sudan who was jailed for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad" has been released and sent back to Britian.

She served eight days of a 15-day sentence before being pardoned.

“I don’t think anyone could have imagined it would snowball like this,? she said.

According to the BBC, there is a calm after the "teddy bear storm" where other English teachers in the area are breathing sighs of relief.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, England, was sentenced to 15 days in jail after allowing her students to name a teddy bear in their classroom "Muhammad." Many people in Sudan felt that was insulting Islam, because Muhammad is the name of the Islamic revered prophet.

December 3, 2007

Iran Halted Nuclear Weapon Development in 2003

The U.S. intelligence community believes "with moderate-to-high confidence" that Iran does not have any nuclear weapons and they halted their nuclear weapon development program in 2003.

The Associated Press is reporting that Iran is continuing to enrich uranium, meaning that they could have a nuclear weapon between 2010 and 2015

"Tehran's decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005," said the summary of the secret report.

December 2, 2007

British Officials Seek Pardon for Teacher in Sudan

ABC News is reporting Sunday that British officials are seeking a pardon for the teacher in Sudan who allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Lord Nazir Ahmed, two Muslim members of the British parliament, said that they were trying to work with the Sudanese government to try and release her.

According to CNN International, GIllian Gibbons would be sent by plane out of the country as soon as she got released if she were to be released.

"We're having lots and lots of meetings, we're working hard," Lord Ahmed said to reporters.

No agreement has been made as of now.

December 1, 2007

Two Men Shot to Death in Minneapolis

Two people have been shot in a double homicide early Saturday, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to police, the shooting occured around 7:30 a.m. on the 3100 block of Pleasant Avenue South.

According to the Star Tribune, a man's body was found in an apartment hall and another was found in a nearby alley.

The names of the victims have not been released and no arrests have been made.

November 28, 2007

Musharraf Relinquishes Control of Army

ABC News is reporting that President Pervez Musharraf stepped down as commander of the Pakistani army Wednesday.

"After 46 years of being in uniform, today I say goodbye to the army," Musharraf told Pakistani officers. According to PBS, Musharraf was "holding back tears."

Musharraf will become a civilian president on Thursday. When Musharraf was elected for another term in October, the Supreme Court questioned his dual leadership role, and Musharraf promptly declared emergency rule and removed judges.

According to the LA Times, two senior Pakistani officials said that language related to lifting emergency rule were incorporated into Musharraf's speech, which is scheduled to be on Thursday.

November 27, 2007

Former Minnesotan Sherrif's Deputy Killed in Iraq

A man who left a law enforcement career to work for a security contractor in Iraq was killed on Monday after suffering injuries when his military convoy was attacked, KARE 11 reported.

Bill Juneau, 36, and originally from Rush City, had worked for DynCorp, his employer in Iraq, since June 2006, said KSTP.

KSTP also said that Juneau had worked for the St. James Police Department before becoming a deputy and investigator for the Pine County Sheriff's Department.

According to the Star Tribune, Juneau was killed by an explosive device about 50 miles outside of Baghdad.

He was also the 65th person with "strong Minnesota ties" to be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began.

November 26, 2007

Sen. Trent Lott Announces Retirement

FOX News broke the news today that Sen. Trent Lott, the second-ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate, is going to retire at the end of the year.

Reuters had a fairly hard-news style story about the retirement of the man who had been in Congress for 34 years, but MSNBC and FOX News had different styles of stories.

MSNBC focused the majority of its article on the effect that Lott's departure would cause, while FOX News profiled Lott as a person.

"I am announcing today that I will be retiring from the Senate by the end of the year," Lott said in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

November 18, 2007

Google Close To Announcing Plans to Bid For Wireless Network

Reuters reports Sunday that Google is considering bidding on airwaves to launch a nationwide wireless network.

Reuters also reports that Google would be bidding alone against nationwide powerhouses like AT&T and Verizon. They also said that bidding at airwaves alone would not rule out signing up partners at a later time. PC World reports that they'll probably have to.

"You have to wonder why a company would diversify into a market like that," said Jan Dawson, a vice president at market analyst Ovum Ltd.

CNet News reports that Google has already set up a wireless network within their own facilities to see what they could do with a nationwide wireless network.

Explosion Kills Two in Mankato

Two people died early Saturday, according to KARE 11, when an explosion and subsequent fire at a mobile home park in North Mankato burned a trailer park down.

Names are not being released at this time and the fire is being investigated, according to KARE 11.

According to KSTP, "Autopsies is being conducted."

WCCO just released a story about Josh Wakefield, a neighbor who tried to help the family get out of their home.

November 17, 2007

Three Men Charged with Cutting Qwest Wires

KARE 11 reports that three men have been charged with cutting Qwest telephone wires in St. Paul. It interrupted the service of many Qwest customers.

Ian D. McCombs, 22, Christopher Walker, 26, and Levi Glennie, 21, were all charged with damaging utility equipment and possession of burglary tools. According to the Star Tribune, McCombs had a laptop computer in the van that the three suspects were in and said that it was his work computer.

When the wires cut, it interrupted the service of about 1,000 people in the St. Paul area. No motive has been determined.

November 12, 2007

Bhutto Detained Again Before March

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been placed on house arrest for the second time in four days, officials said. This most recent declaration of house arrest is to prevent her from staging a protest to protest the emergency rule by the Pakistani government, according to the Associated Press.

"We have sent the (detention) notice inside and we have not yet got a reply," Lahore Police Chief Aftab Cheema told Reuters India.

The protest was set to begin in hours and was going to last for 3-4 days, according to Reuters India.

Oil Spill in Black Sea Leaves 20 Sailors Missing

Another oil spill in the Black Sea is causing environmental upheaval after a Russian oil tanker split in two on Sunday after a fierce storm. Twenty sailors are currently missing, according to Russian officials.

This oil spill, according to Forbes, is considered to be the worst disaster since a Liberian oil ship sank off the coast of Spain in 2002.

The New York Times is reporting that three bodies have washed up on shore, and the search has been called off due to severe weather conditions to find the twenty missing soldiers. Along with that, tens of thousands of oil-slicked birds "dotted the coastline" near where the ship sank.

The NY Times also said that the oil has affected marine life, killing many fish.

The Times Online reports that this spill could pollute the Black Sea for 15 years.