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Gas Rises to Over $3 Per Gallon Across the U.S.

Drivers are being told some bad news. Gas prices will be going up soon across the United States. The good news however, the prices will likely be less than it was for the past two or three years. Gasoline prices held steady through early February. However, an increase is usually inevitable at this stage of the year. Prices at pumps have increased by an average of more than 31 cents a gallon during February over the last 3 years. Although, this year the increase at the pumps might not be as much as in past years, there are reasons for some drivers... 
 

All-American at Missouri Announces He is Gay

Michael Sam an All-American linebacker from the University of Missouri Tigers announced this weekend that he is gay. He could become the first NFL player who is openly homosexual after he is drafted. Interviews with Sam were released on Sunday in Outsports, The New York Times and ESPN. In the interviews, Sam said he had come out to his coaches and teammates at Missouri last August. He told them he was a proud, openly gay man. In late February, Sam will take part in the NFL combine in Indianapolis. He currently is projected as a mid-round draft choice... 
 

Suspect in Murder Goes to Trial 40 Years Later

Judith Cabanillas was only 13 when her sister was found dead at a farmhouse in Iowa. That was 40 years ago in 1974. Each year the murder went unsolved. Cabanillas became a mother herself and named her daughter after her dead sister all the while working to keep the case from being forgotten. Now, nearly four decade later Cabanillas’ quest to find the killer could be close as a suspect goes on trial starting Tuesday for the death of 17-year old Mary Jayne Jones, who was a drive-in restaurant employee when she was killed in 1974. When authorities... 
 

Cold Polar Vortex Could Bring Dangerously Low Temps

Bitter cold temperatures that will blow into the Midwest and then Northeast over the next few days will likely set records for low temperatures, disrupt many schools and airports and endanger those who are dressed improperly when outside. The frigid temperatures will start Sunday and last until midweek. The cold air will funnel as far to the south as the Gulf Coast thanks to a polar vortex, which is counterclockwise rotation of an area of dense, cold air. Forecasters say they are expecting temperatures to be record setting in many areas. Fargo,... 
 

Inexperienced Young Drivers Easily Distracted

Teens might start their driving with habits that are very cautious, but as they begin to drive more, they start to multitask more often eating, talking, dialing mobile devices and texting. That in turn increases the risks of accidents. These latest findings are from a study performed by a Virginia Tech Institute for Human Development and Child Health. The group leader for the study said that novice drivers tend to be more likely to take part in high-risk tasks more frequently while driving as they become more comfortable behind the wheel. The increasing... 
 

Sheriff’s Officer Killed While Off Duty

A Cook County sheriff’s investigator who was off-duty was shot and killed attempting to break up an armed robbery that took place outside a holiday party on Friday night in Bellwood a west suburban neighborhood, said police. Cuauhtomoc Estrada a former marine who was 50 was attending a gathering of family at a VFW hall located in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood. Just after 7:30 p.m., Estrada walked outside to witness an armed robbery in progress in the parking lot of the building, said the public safety director for Bellwood. The sheriff’s officer... 
 

Judge Orders Giant Cross to be Removed

In southern California, there has stood a huge cross on a mountaintop for decades, but a judge has ordered it removed due to it violating the separation of church and state. Judge Larry Burns made the order on Thursday, which continues a legal battle over the cross that stands 43-feet tall atop San Diego’s Mt. Soledad. The cross was ordered taken down by Burns within the next 90 days. However, the cross might stay if the case goes to appeal. The Mount Soledad Memorial Association president Bruce Bailey said they were obviously disappointed by... 
 

Fed Changes Rules for Older Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a new strategic plan for the next five years to improve the safety of elderly drivers and their passengers. Even though statistically they are amongst the safest drivers on the road, the amount of drivers 65 and older is increasing at a dramatic rate and with it the number of injuries and deaths in the group. The older adult population since 2003 has increased by about 20% and the number of older drivers with licenses has gone up by 21% and as of 2012 was 35 million. In 2012, the NHTSA... 
 

Ice Storm and Freezing Temperatures Paralyze Much of U.S.

A huge ice storm has killed four, disrupted thousands of passenger flights and knocked out electricity to over 200,000 people. The storm paralyzed the nation’s midsection Friday. In the Dallas Fort Worth area, a sheet of ice that in some places is three inches thick will stay on the roads through Sunday, as temperatures there are not expected to rise until then. Forecasters said the weather is some of the worst winter storms they have seen hit the U.S. in years. The freeze went from the border of Texas and Mexico northeast to as far north as the... 
 

Train Traveling 82 MPH on Curve Before Derailing

The Metro North trained in the Bronx that derailed on Sunday, killing four and injuring dozens more, was flying along the tracks at a rate of 82 mph, close to three times above the 30 mph limit, when it hit the curve. At this time, suspicions have turned to William Rockefeller the engineer who should have been able to see the curve approaching rapidly since he was sitting in the first car using his remote controls guiding the locomotive that was pushed from the rear of the train. On Monday, New York Governor Cuomo said the turn is tricky, but a... 
 

Mother Led Rescuers to Plane Crash

A mother, who had been on board a plane that crash in a remote area of southwest Alaska, made a phone call to get help to resuscitate her baby who was five months of age. She then left the injured boy who died, to lead rescuers that were hampered by fog and cold back to the place where the plane had crashed. Melanie Coffee walked almost a mile toward a group of lights to Saint Marys village to meet the rescuers on Friday night. Fred Lamont Jr., a police officer in the village of Saint Marys called Coffee a hero. Lamont and dozens more responded... 
 
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