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Weak dam threatens more than 200 people



The Des Lacs River in northwest North Dakota began a slow drop on Thursday, but authorities continued to monitor a weak and leaky dam protecting a neighborhood of about 30 homes. Water levels had fallen more than a foot and the river had retreated from overflowed banks by about 3 feet compared to a day earlier, state and local officials said. Water behind the troubled Burlington Dam No. 1 was down by about six inches, said Todd Sando, North Dakota's state engineer.


World's oldest man dies at age 114

Walter Breuning, the world's oldest man and second-oldest person, died Thursday. He was 114. Breuning died of natural causes in a Montana hospital, said Stacia Kirby, spokeswoman of the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home where he lived. Breuning had been hospitalized since the beginning of the month with an undisclosed illness. In an interview last autumn, Breuning attributed his longevity to eating just two meals a day, working as long as he could and always embracing change, especially death.

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Washington to get presidential library

More than 200 years after George Washington wrote of wanting a library, he is finally getting one. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday that no president merits the creation of a presidential library more than Washington. The $47 million library will be privately funded and will be at the Mount Vernon estate. It is expected to serve as a scholarly retreat.


Boyfriend of Duke accuser is dead

The boyfriend of Crystal Mangum, the woman who was at the center of the Duke University lacrosse scandal, has died after being stabbed during a domestic altercation, Durham police said Thursday. Mangum is currently in the Durham County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Police dispatched to a house on April 3 found Reginald Daye, 46, stabbed in the torso. Five years ago, Mangum accused members of the Duke lacrosse team of sexually assaulting her while she was working as a stripper. The accusations were eventually labeled as false and the case was dismissed


Women sues dating site over assault

A California woman is suing a popular Internet dating site, saying she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on Attorney Mark L. Webb says he filed the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of an entertainment executive identified only as Jane Doe. The suit demands that screen its members for sexual predators. Webb says he's asking for a temporary injunction barring the site from signing up more members until his client's demands are met. Webb says the woman met the assailant last year at a cafe in West Hollywood. After a second date, the attorney says, the man followed her home and attacked her.


Colorado: Denver police said Thursday they believe employees who witnessed an alleged sexual assault at the airport responded appropriately by calling for help. Noel Alexander Bertrand, 26, was being held Thursday on $50,000 bail after his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

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