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2 Dead, 23 Injured At SXSW After Hit and Run

At least two people were killed and 23 injured when a car drove into a crowd on Thursday morning near the music and film SXSW festival that takes place in Austin, Texas. Police said they arrested a suspect linked to the incident. The authorities said in a statement that a man had pierced the fences of the enclosure and had driven hitting several bystanders. According to the Associated Press the suspect could have driven while intoxicated. The police tried to arrest the suspect when he was parked at a service station but he fled, killing two people riding a motorcycle before he…
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Seven Confirmed Dead in NY Building Collapse

New York authorities confirmed Thursday that seven bodies were recovered following the collapse of an apartment building Wednesday. At least 20 people were injured and several are still missing. The explosion caused the fire that continued through most of the day and when it got dark rescuers finally managed to enter the enclosure to rescue the victims. Wednesday night rescuers finally managed to control the fire. Harlem residents reported hearing an explosion in the five-story apartment building, located on the corner of 116th Street and Park Avenue, before it collapsed and from which could be seen a column of smoke.…
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Herbalife Under Investigation

The nutrition and nutritional supplements company Herbalife is under investigation for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme for financing. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened an investigation on Herbalife multinational. Through a statement Wednesday, the company said that "given the tremendous amount of misinformation in the market, we will fully cooperate with the FTC." The complaints made to the FTC were raised over a year ago by billionaire William Ackerman, founder of investment fund Pershing Square Capital Management, which directly accuses Herbalife employing an illegal pyramid scheme for their income. Through this practice most of the money is made by recruiting new salespeople rather…
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At Least Two Dead in East Harlem Building Collapse

The Police Department of New York reported two killed by an explosion and the collapse of two buildings in the area of Harlem. The dead were two women. Emergency crews are responding and the incident has produced at least 20 injured. At about 9:30 local time, firefighters responded to a call about the collapse of a building in East Harlem . Television footage shows smoke and dust and debris out of the fire department pouring water on the property .Neighborhood residents said they had heard an explosion in the five-story building apartment, located on the corner of 116th Street and Park…
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11 Injured in Two Building Collapse in NYC

Two buildings collapsed Tuesday in the area of Manhattan in New York City, apparently because of an explosion. A fire spokesman confirmed that there are at least eleven minor injuries. So far there is no information about fatal injuries or if anyone is trapped in the buildings. At about 9:30 local time, firefighters responded to a call about the collapse of a building in East Harlem . Soon after, the Police Department of New York City said it was investigating reports that the collapse would have involved two buildings. The incident occurred on 116th Street at the height of Park…
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DC Lawmakers Begin Marathon Session

Rhode Island - Senators from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts are among the 28 legislators who are prepared to speak on the Senate floor every Monday night and Tuesday morning to demand urgent action be taken in relation to climate change. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says "it's time for Congress to wake up and gets serious about this global problem."
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Congresswoman Accuses CIA of Entering Senate Computers

A congressman accused the CIA of interfering in computer network created to help Congress to investigate allegations of abuses under President George W. Bush. The president of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein said that the CIA had improperly registered computers and secretly had removed hundreds of documents. Feinstein said she had serious concerns about the activities of the CIA, who she believes may have violated the Constitution. The CIA dismissed the charges.  
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Are A Public Safety Issue, Eric Holder

Concerned about the increase in heroin overdose deaths , Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, called for increased efforts to fight what he considered an "urgent public health crisis." In a video released Monday, Holder said the increased efforts include not only law enforcement, but also treatment and efforts to keep people away from the deadly drug . "It is clear that opium addiction is urgent - and - growing public health crisis. Which is why the authorities of the Department of Justice and other local leaders, state and federal code, are fighting it aggressively" Holder said, adding…
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6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits California Coast

A magnitude earthquake shook northern California coast this morning (Sunday night pacific time), as Reported by the Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 9:18 pm local time about 4 miles under the seabed of the Pacific Ocean, about 50 miles west of Eureka. There was no danger of a tsunami, said the Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska.
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The White House Calls on Cuba to Release Alan Gross

The White House reiterated Monday that the arrest of American businessman Alan Gross in Cuba prevents a more constructive relationship between Washington and Havana. So said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney during the daily briefing at the capital. "We continue working to secure their release," Carney said. "Gross is a husband of 64 years, a father and a dedicated professional with a long history that has offered assistance to underserved communities in more than 50 countries." "We reiterate our call on the Cuban government to release Alan Gross." Gross was arrested by Cuban authorities in December 2009 and sentenced…
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