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  • Abdullahi CharifStudent drowned in school pool during 'king of the hill' game
    A police investigation into the late February drowning death of a St. Louis Park Middle School 7th grader found classmates were roughhousing in the pool before he sank to the bottom, and the teacher supervising was on his iPad.The Daily Circuit, April 18, 2014
  • Hundreds remain missing as South Korean ferry sinks
    The overturned South Korean ship's keel, which had been floating just above the surface of the water, disappeared below the waves at day's end. Officials were trying to determine how best to deploy cranes, which are now at the scene, in an effort to raise the ferry.April 18, 2014
  • Abdullahi Charif, 12Investigation into student drowning finds rough play, expired lifeguard certification
    Abdullahi Charif, a seventh-grader at St. Louis Park Middle School, was removed from life support on March 1, two days after his gym teacher, James Bigot, pulled him from the bottom of the 9-foot-deep end of the pool.April 17, 2014
  • Man hospitalized after run over by Metro Transit bus
    Authorities say the accident occurred before 8 p.m. Tuesday, as a route 17 bus leaving the Uptown Transit Center on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis reported a passenger running for the bus fell under its rear wheels and was run over.April 16, 2014
  • Hundreds missing after S. Korea ferry capsizes
    A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.April 16, 2014
  • Franken to push for oil train safety measures
    The increased frequency of crude oil shipments on the railroads risk more accidents like the explosion that occurred west of Fargo in December, the senator said.April 14, 2014
  • A year after bombing, Boston and its people heal
    In the course of a year, limbs have been replaced, psyches soothed, the wounds sustained in a moment at the marathon's finish line have at least begun to heal. At the same time, a city shaken by an unthinkable act of terrorism has returned to its usual rhythms -- sadder, but some say stronger, as well.April 12, 2014
  • 10 killed as student bus, truck collide in California
    The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio. Then a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus.April 11, 2014
  • Search to end for Minn. father and son missing in Rockies
    Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan of St. Louis Park were reported missing on Sunday. They were on a father-and-son spring break hiking trip.April 9, 2014
  • Cell phone clues in Colo. search for missing Minnesotans
    Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan are believed to have struck out on a hike at the foot of Mount Evans on Wednesday. Cell phone tracking shows they had left their car and were between their campground and the summit of the well-known mountain.April 9, 2014
  • Weather improves in search for Minn. father, son in Rockies
    Authorities say 51-year-old Damian McManus and 19-year-old Evan McManus, who are from St. Louis Park, Minn., were last heard from on Wednesday.April 8, 2014
  • After crash, orphaned toddler, grandma reunited
    The toddler wasn't seriously hurt when a car driven by his father, Wilbur Hooks, slammed into the back of a semi on Interstate 694 near Fridley last Friday night.April 8, 2014
  • Railroads lay out safety campaign after deaths rise in 2013
    At this time last year, the railroads were proudly calling 2012 their safest year ever as derailments and crossing accidents kept declining. But last year, the number of trespassing deaths rose by 47, or 11 percent, to 476, and the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly 8 percent to 250.April 8, 2014
  • Minnesota father and son missing in Colorado
    Alpine Rescue Team spokesman Bill Barwick said Monday searchers are not sure the father and son are equipped for wintry conditions in the Rocky Mountains. The two men left for a camping trip on Wednesday and were due back on Sunday.April 7, 2014
  • Possible signals from lost jet heard
    Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday, dubbing it "a most promising lead" in the month-long hunt for the vanished plane.April 7, 2014

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