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  • The American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region is having 2 blood drives today. One blood drive takes place from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Indian Trail Elementary School in the gymnasium, located at 3214 S. SR 104 in LaPorte. Another blood drive takes place from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Cooks Corners Elementary School in the cafeteria/gymnasium, located at 358 Bullseye Lake Rd. in Valparaiso. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. - April 21, 2014 at 3:30 am

  • Close to 140 thousand Hoosier kids spend several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report. At the Center for Effective Government, Sean Moulton says parents and community members need to better understand the risks these facilities pose, and to push for changes. He says the deadly explosion in the town of West, Texas, one year ago – that destroyed one school and damaged two others – should serve as a wake-up call. - April 21, 2014 at 3:29 am

  • Two people suffered life-threatening injuries after an accident between a motorcycle and a pickup truck. 31 year old Joshua Smiley and his wife, 29 year old Tiffany Smiley of Westville, were westbound on U.S.Highway 12 near the intersection of Liberty Trail when their motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck driven by Michelle Wheeler of Portage. Both riders were ejected from the motorcycle and Joshua was found over 45 feet from the motorcycle with severe internal injuries and his left leg was completely severed below the knee. Tiffany Smiley was 120 feet from the crash site and suffered multiple injuries with severe bleeding. They were taken to a local hospital. - April 21, 2014 at 3:29 am

  • 26 year old Carlos Cooper of Michigan City was driving on Franklin St. early Thursday morning when he swerved to avoid a pothole and ended up hitting a pizza business. When a Michigan City police officer talked with Cooper, she found his speech slurred and his eyes glazed. He said he was on medication for lupus. Cooper was taken to the hospital after complaining of pain. Fifteen hours after having the accident on Franklin St., Cooper was hit by an Amtrak train. He was walking along the tracks by Huron and 10th Streets when Cooper was hit from behind by the train. He was thrown to the side of the tracks and when Michigan City Police and LaPorte County EMS arrived, they found Cooper semi-conscious. He was taken to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in South Bend. - April 21, 2014 at 3:28 am

  • Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate continued to drop further below the national rate in March. At 5.9%, the rate of unemployment in the Hoosier State is now at its lowest point since July 2008 and has declined by 2% over the year, which was the third largest decline in the nation. Indiana’s labor force increased again in March, marking the sixth straight month of labor force increases. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014. - April 21, 2014 at 3:28 am

News From Around The World

  • Fort Hood Shooter Was Being Treated for ‘Mental Issues’

    Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images(KILLEEN, Texas) — An Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental health issues gunned down three colleagues at Fort Hood Wednesday before killing himself, authorities said. Authorities are investigating whether an argument on or near the Texas base might have sparked the mayhem, sources tell ABC News. The suspected gunman was identified by law enforcement and military sources as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez. Lt. Gen. Read more…

  • Senate Panel Keeps Up Attack on GM and CEO Mary Barra

    Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate lawmakers were unforgiving in their attacks Wednesday on General Motors and its top official for allegedly covering up problems with an ignition switch in vehicles linked to 13 deaths. Basically a replay of what happened a day earlier, GM CEO Mary Barra faced intense grilling and accusations that she was either ignorant or deliberately stonewalling on what she knew about the defective ignition and the Read more…

  • 7.8-Magnitude Aftershock Strikes Off Chile’s Coast

    Aldo Solimano/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A 7.8-magnitude aftershock struck off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, one day after an 8.2-magnitude quake struck nearby. The aftershock hit about 25 miles southwest of the city of Iquique and 6 miles beneath the ocean floor, according to the United States Geological Survey. Tsunami warnings were issued for Chile and Peru, but there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawaii, officials said. There’s Read more…

  • President Obama: Shooting ‘Reopens Pain’ at Fort Hood

    JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Breaking from an evening of Democratic fundraising in Chicago, President Obama Wednesday night offered prayers for the victims of the latest Fort Hood shooting and vowed to “get to the bottom of what happened.” “Obviously, this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago,” Obama said during an impromptu appearance before reporters inside the Chicago Cut Steakhouse. “We know these families. We Read more…

  • "Big Bang Theory" Celebrating "Star Wars" Day

    Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will be celebrating “Star Wars Day” with a special episode timed for the week of May 4. That holiday, observed by special screenings of the film series, events, and of course, Star Wars fans greeting each other with, “May the Fourth Be with You,” will be observed on the sitcom in a May 1 installment called “The Proton Transmogrification.” The Hollywood Read more…