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  • Five-year-old Tatum Raetz was cheered on by hundreds of police officers on Wednesday at her kindergarten graduation.

    What was going to be a happy occasion took a heartbreaking, tragic turn when her father, Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz, was struck and killed by a car on Sunday during a DUI arrest.

    The officers were there "in proxy for Daryl and to let her know that we're here for her," Police Officer Keith Garn told CBS5. The Phoenix Police Department made sure that although Tatum had lost her dad, she had gained an entire family of police officers.

    The girl was escorted to the graduation by a police motorcade and accompanied by hundreds of officers, who lined the room three deep, applauded and stood as she got her kindergarten certificate.

    The squad had initially intended to keep the event limited to the Raetz's squad and precinct, but word got out and other police officers showed up.

    "She had 300, 400 parents up here for her this morning," Officer James Holmes told AZfamily.

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  • Pieces of a 747 cargo plane fell onto a woman's house and a Walmart parking lot in Georgia on Sunday afternoon. Federal authorities are investigating why.

    Homeowner Pamela Ware spoke with WSBTV.com about the experience.

    "And boom! I was like, 'Huh?' Actually, I hit the floor," Ware told WSBTV.com. "If it had landed in here, because that is just Sheetrock, it would have … oh boy, I wouldn't be no good."

    The piece of debris fell through Ware's roof, leaving two holes. It later bounced onto the yard, according to WSBTV.com. A few miles away, a 20-foot-long portion of the plane's wing fell onto the Walmart store's parking lot. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in either case.

    According to WSBTV.com, investigators said the cargo plane had been flying from Anchorage. It was roughly five miles east of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when pieces of the right wing broke off. The pilot declared an emergency and was able to land safely.

    WSBTV.com reports that it is unclear who will

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    So you're considering college but don't have the dough. Or maybe you're out of college now and still don't have any dough. You're not alone: In the past 30 years, the cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent and the number of people taking out loans to pay for it has skyrocketed.

    The good news is that with a little creativity (and maybe even some help from Washington), you can make paying for college less onerous.

    Below are 10 things that can be done to rein in the cost of obtaining a degree. The ideas come from a range of sources, including liberal, conservative and libertarian think tanks; Republican and Democratic politicians; artists; entrepreneurs; and dropouts. Some of the ideas here are controversial and, at times, contradictory.

    But here they are, all in one place.

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    1. Don’t rely on your gut to determine where to go to school—look at the ROI

    How many people do you know who chose a school because they liked the football team? Or because the school had a great

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  • Foodie politics: Renowned chef and new U.S. citizen Jose Andres stirs up immigration debate
    Foodie politics: Renowned chef and new U.S. citizen Jose Andres stirs up immigration debate

    The Spanish-American restaurateur on becoming a citizen, serving presidents and fighting hunger

  • Group Grieving May Help Families Through South Korea Ferry Disaster
    Group Grieving May Help Families Through South Korea Ferry Disaster

    Grieving in Groups Beats Grieving Alone, Experts Say

  • The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
    The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy

    In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. Still, it’s the new customers who will rapidly make up the majority, even in a traditional oil-and-gas powerhouse like Oklahoma. That’s because the cost of solar power systems has been drastically falling for the last five years. Now, utility firms in Oklahoma say they just want to be compensated for use of their infrastructure.

  • Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls
    Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

  • Research shows it’s ‘blind luck’ that asteroids haven’t destroyed a major city yet
    Research shows it’s ‘blind luck’ that asteroids haven’t destroyed a major city yet

    Well, here’s something happy to think about as you head into the weekend. Phys.org brings us word that three former NASA astronauts are going to present new research next week showing that there have been 26 asteroid crashes since 2001 that have caused “atomic-bomb-scale explosions” that have fortunately been far away from major population centers. The research, which was conducted by the B612 Foundation, used data from a nuclear weapons warning network to measure the impact of major asteroid strikes on the Earth’s surface. “This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts,” explained B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu, a physicist who worked at NASA from 1994 until 2007. “It shows that asteroid impacts are

  • South Korean media reports ferry captain's arrest
    South Korean media reports ferry captain's arrest

    Investigators arrested Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew early in the morning. All three have been criticised for abandoning hundreds of passengers trapped in the ferry, as they made their own escape. Lee was charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.

  • Nobody’s Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in Iran
    Nobody’s Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in Iran

    On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter in Tehran spotted an American plane at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, an extremely unique sight given the harsh sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and other Western nations. For an American plane to enter Iran legally, a number of hoops would need to be jumped through. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control needs to give approval for an American aircraft to travel to Iran—they gave a “no comment” to the Times. Complicating things further, the jet’s engines are made by General Electric, meaning that the Commerce Department would also have to sign off on allowing American-made equipment to enter the isolated country.

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