One Dead, Eleven Wounded in Ohio Frat House Shooting

Photo Courtesy - WYTV Youngstown(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) -- One person is dead and 11 were wounded after someone opened fire at a Youngstown State University fraternity, police said.

The shooting happened early Sunday, and Youngstown, Ohio, police said they are still investigating.

"It was a frat party that was going on," Youngstown Police Department Lt. Franklin Palmer said.

No arrests have been made, but at least one suspect has been identified, Palmer said.

According to YSU officials, the man who was killed, identified by the Mahoning County coroner's office as 25-year-old Jamail E. Johnson, and at least six of the wounded were students at the school.

Johnson was shot in the head and legs, the coroner's office said.

School officials said police believe that even though there has been no arrest, there is no further threat to the university's students, faculty or staff.

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Military Tries to Dispel Fears About Gulf Seafood

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It's been almost ten months since the BP oil spill and consumers remain skittish about eating seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

In an effort to help Americans get over their fears, the Pentagon is promoting various Gulf products at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast.  Currently, the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCa, sells to military personnel, reservists, retirees and their families.

The Gulf products now sold by DeCa include fish, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, jambalaya and shrimp etouffee.

Industries operating in the Gulf region are grateful for the government assistance, given the amount of trepidation felt by consumers after the largest accidental oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

While extensive testing has shown that Gulf seafood is safe to eat, many American still believe it's toxic due to the oil emitted from the deepwater well and the chemicals used to clean up the spill.

Sales have dropped off sharply since the April 20 explosion on an offshore rig that led to the spill, with a recent survey finding that 70 percent of people are still nervous about eating Gulf seafood.

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Revelers Mark Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) -- Thousands of Ronald Reagan's former aides and supporters gathered at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Sunday to celebrate what would have been the former president's 100th birthday.

Reagan, who died in 2004 at age 93, was celebrated from Simi Valley, Calif., where revelers packed a tribute concert featuring the Beach Boys; to Dixon, Ill., where neighbors gathered near Reagan's boyhood home for a celebratory gala.

"Ronnie would be thrilled and is thrilled to have all of you share in his 100th birthday," Nancy Reagan said at the Simi Valley event Sunday. "Doesn't seem possible, but that's what it is."

Earlier in the day, Nancy Reagan laid a wreath at her late husband's gravesite.

Joining Mrs. Reagan on stage was former secretary of state and Reagan chief of staff James Baker, The Beach Boys, and a six-foot tall birthday cake.

"He launched the Reagan revolution and he showed us how to be the very best Americans we could be," Baker said.

Tributes ranging from the formal to the quirky were coordinated by the Ronald Reagan Foundation and the Reagan Centennial Commission, a panel formed for the anniversary by Congress in 2009 with President Obama's approval.

Americans of all political stripes hold Reagan in high esteem, according to a recent Gallup poll, ranking him second out of the nine most recent former presidents from the last 50 years. Only Kennedy bested Reagan in the poll of Americans' retrospective views of how well presidents handled the job.

Reagan, who served for two terms, is frequently credited with helping to bring the Cold War to an end, putting the U.S. economy on sound fiscal footing, and instilling a sense of optimism and pragmatism in Americans. The theme of his centennial celebration is "inspired freedom, changed the world."

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NASA Releases First 3D Images of Sun, Touts Scientific Advances

Image Courtesy - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/STEREO/SECCHI (GREENBELT, Md.) -- NASA released images on Sunday that show, for the first time, a complete view of the sun's entire surface and atmosphere. Two satellites with unmatched photographic capability deployed by NASA moved into position and were able to simultaneously transmit the images back to earth. With each satellite showing one side of the sun, NASA engineers pieced both images together to create the spherical image.

The satellites, which NASA calls STEREO, for their ability to see all angles of the sun, are specifically tuned to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation in order to detect solar flares and tsunamis.

"For the first time ever, we can watch solar activity in its full 3-dimensional glory," says Angelos Vourlidas, a member of the STEREO science team at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to use these images to further aid with weather forecasts for airlines, power companies, satellite operators, and others.

"With this nice global model, we can now track solar storms heading toward other planets, too," said STEREO program scientist Lika Guhathakurta. "This is important for NASA missions to Mercury, Mars, asteroids … you name it."

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Kansas Inmates Order Pizza Ahead of Sunday's Big Game

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HUTCHINSON, Kan.) -- While gluttony and gridiron glory will be on full display in the land of the free on Super Bowl Sunday, even a select imprisoned few will be allowed a small bit of edible elbow room.

A Kansas prison will be receiving $11,000 worth of pizza and wings that inmates ordered for the NFL's championship game, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.

The newspaper says that inmates from the Hutchinson Correctional Center who had demonstrated good behavior were allowed to order food with money from their own personal accounts. The order accounts for 942 large pizzas which cost $8 each, and 9,630 boneless wings.

The Star reports the prison is charging inmates $11 for each pizza, and putting the difference toward a planned religious center to be affiliated with the correctional facility.

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Train With Volatile Chemicals Derails in Ohio, Sparks Massive Fireball

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WTVG Toledo(ARCADIA, Ohio) -- A freight train carrying ethanol derailed near Arcadia, Ohio, early Sunday morning, causing more than a dozen tankers to catch fire and forcing nearby residents to evacuate their homes.

A fireball could be seen from up to 15 miles away. There were no immediate reports of injures.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman had to tell nearby residents to leave.

“We've evacuated several homes in the one-mile-square area,” Heldman said. “We're asking everybody to stay away from that area.”

Arcadia Fire Department Capt. Jim Breyman said there is concern about a potential chemical spill.

“We're looking right now at trying to decide whether some of the ethanol is getting into the local water ways,” he said. “We're working on doing some air monitoring and water testing throughout the area.”

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Study: Muslim-American Terror Attacks Dropped Significantly in 2010

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- Twenty Muslim-Americans either perpetrated or were arrested for terrorist acts in 2010, a drop from the 47 who fell into that category in 2009, according to a study released last week.

“Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9/11: An Accounting,” the report issued by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University, puts the actions of a small group of people into light, writing, “Is this a problem that deserves the attention of law enforcement and the Muslim-American community?  Absolutely.  But Americans should take note that these crimes are being perpetrated by a handful of people who actions are denounced and rejected by virtually all the Muslims living in the United States.”

The authors wondered whether a spike in Muslim-American terrorism was a 2009 trend, or just a temporary uptick in the data. They found that it was the latter, and that much of the spike in 2009 was due to a group of "17 Somali-Americans who had joined al- Shabaab in Somalia. However, the number of individuals plotting against domestic targets also dropped by half, from 18 in 2009 to 10 in 2010."

Law enforcement has also improved its efficiency rate of foiling terror plots before they come to fruition, the study says. In 2010, 75 percent of Muslim Americans engaged in terrorist plots were disrupted in an early planning stage, an increase from 63 percent in 2001.

The report also shows that domestic attacks from Muslim Americans pale in comparison to the rest of the population. While 11 Muslim Americans have killed a total of 33 people since Sept. 11, 2001, the study says, there have been approximately 150,000 murders in that same time span including 15,241 in 2009 alone.

"Out of the thousands of acts of violence that occur in the United States each year, an efficient system of government prosecution and media coverage brings Muslim-American terrorism suspects to national attention, creating the impression -- perhaps unintentionally -- that Muslim-American terrorism is more prevalent than it really is," the study concluded.

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Super Bowl XLV: Last Chance to Watch NFL Before Labor Stoppage?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- On Sunday millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. But could this be the last National Football League game for some time?

The current labor contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the players' union, expires March 4. Unless a new agreement is reached, the league could be headed for a work stoppage. That means no spring practice, no free agency deals and, potentially, no 2011 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said repeatedly in Dallas Friday that the owners and league are committed to reaching an agreement before the deadline.

The standoff between the league, team owners and players centers on two key issues. First, there's revenue sharing. NFL players currently receive 60 percent of the league's $9 billion in annual revenue, but team owners say that's unsustainable, given the economic downturn. They want to reduce the players' share by 9 percent to 18 percent.

Second, there's the schedule. The league wants to add two more regular season games, for a total of 18. Players say that would increase their risk of injury, and they deserve compensation.

Goodell was scheduled to meet with officials from the NFL Players' Association on Saturday, the first formal negotiating session since November. The NFL commissioner met with the head of the players union, DeMaurice Smith, in New York Monday.

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US-Russia Arms Treaty Takes Effect

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Russia strengthened ties on Saturday as a strategic arms control treaty between the two countries formally went into effect.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was passed by the Senate in December, will enforce limits on the amount of atomic warheads both countries are allowed to have. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov exchanged ratification papers on Saturday in Munich to put the treaty into effect.

START will limit both countries to a maximum 800 deployed nuclear warhead delivery systems, and 1,550 deployed warheads. Both countries will also be allowed to inspect each other’s nuclear capability to verify the amount of warheads on missiles.

Clinton said the U.S. and Russia continue to discuss how both nations can work together on matters of interest relevant to their common security. Lavrov says the treaty will improve international stability.

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Pointing Lasers at Aircraft May Soon Be Illegal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate has passed an amendment that could make pointing lasers at aircraft a federal crime.

Lawmakers on Thursday voted 96-1 to pass the amendment introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, aimed at cracking down on individuals who engage in such activity. A growing number of pilots have reported lasers directed at their cockpits during takeoff and landing. They fear the lasers could temporarily blind them and pose harm to those on board.

“Shining lasers at airplanes is not a game and places passengers and crew at risk,” Whitehouse said. “With the increasing occurrence of these types of incidents, prosecutors must have strong tools to punish and deter this dangerous conduct.”

Should the amendment make it into law, it will be a crime to knowingly point a laser at an aircraft, punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill exempts those using lasers for legitimate aviation purposes.

The Federal Aviation Administration says over 2,800 reports were filed about lasers being pointed at aircraft in 2010, almost double the amount of reports received the previous year. In 2010, Los Angeles International Airport had a national high 102 laser incidents, while Theodore Francis Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., had the least amount of reports with 12.

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