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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday. The 65-year-old Clinton, who's expected to leave her job soon after serving as America's top diplomat during President Barack Obama's first term, is recovering at home after the incident last week and is being monitored by doctors, according to a statement by aide Philippe Reines. No further details were immediately available.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. Investigators were trying to learn more about Adam Lanza and questioned his older brother, who was not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary. Police shed no light on the motive for the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track. Undaunted, the 22-year-old political science and history major lobbied the English department and others starting last spring and through the summer and “kind of just made myself a problem,” he said. His persistence paid off.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Rochester pastor who shot and wounded his granddaughter, mistaking her for an intruder, says she's making progress in her recovery. The 16-year-old girl is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her upper torso. Her grandfather, Stanley Wilkinson, tells the Star Tribune her condition is improving.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul father has been sentenced to probation for negligently storing a gun that was used to shoot and injure his 2-year-old son. The toddler was shot in the head after his 9-year-old brother found the loaded gun in a file cabinet in his parents' bedroom last August. A criminal complaint says the older boy didn't know the gun was loaded. The younger child is in physical therapy and is recovering. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Lue Xiong's (zhong's) two years of probation include speaking to the public about gun safety.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An animal rights group is urging federal inspectors to fine Charles River Laboratories nearly $200,000 after the firm reported four more monkeys and other research animals died at its testing labs in Nevada and elsewhere since 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large fire at a warehouse in northeast Minneapolis. Authorities say a fire broke out Friday morning at Marshall Concrete Products. Large plumes of smoke are billowing from the plant, which is adjacent to Siwek Lumberyard. KMSP-TV says streets in the area are closed and power has been shut down. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
CHISAGO LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Volunteers and law enforcement personnel are resuming their search for a missing Oakdale woman. About 300 volunteers gathered Thursday to look for 27-year-old Danielle Jelinek. She was reported missing on Sunday after she disappeared from a home in Chisago Lake Township. Searchers are gathering at the Chisago City Community Center Friday morning to continue the search.
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster.