Weekend News Round-Up

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Police Brutality Alleged In Bizarre Valencia Gardens Incident

Fights broke out Friday between police and residents of the Valencia Gardens housing complex near 15th Street after undercover officers initially, allegedly roughed up an unarmed 21-year-old man who was bicycling home after watching the Batkid festivities. A camera phone video has surfaced showing the tense aftermath in which other residents clashed with police and were taken into custody, at least one of them pretty well bloodied.

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Killer Tornadoes Batter US Midwest states

Dozens of twisters and intense thunderstorms flattened buildings and swept away entire neighborhoods after a tornado was first spotted 145 miles south-west of Chicago yesterday. While six people have been confirmed dead, disrupted communications and blocked roads mean news of further fatalities could yet surface, Associated Press reported this morning. Images emerging from the 65 reported tornadoes – which whipped up wind speeds to 200 mph and rained down large hail stones – show downtown Chicago darkened and homes leveled across Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and a small corner of Ohio.

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Russia Seeks Answers Over Plane’s ‘Vertical’ Crash

A Russian plane that crashed killing all 50 on board plunged nose-first into the ground, officials said Monday, as investigators focused on a fault with the 23-year old plane or pilot error as the likely cause for the disaster. The Tatarstan Airlines’ Boeing 737-500 crashed on landing at the airport in the Volga city of Kazan after a flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport Sunday night, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board, the emergencies ministry said.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th Sprint Cup Title

Soaked in sweat, champagne and success, Jimmie Johnson celebrated yet another NASCAR championship by sipping a beer. A six-pack would have been more appropriate. Back on top with only two NASCAR legends left to catch, Johnson won his sixth title in eight years Sunday to stake his claim as one of the most dominant competitors in sports history. Now looming large in Johnson’s windshield is the mark of seven titles held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Broncos Hand Chiefs First Loss

Manning threw for 323 yards and a touchdown Sunday night and was barely touched by the Kansas City Chiefs’ sack-happy defense in Denver’s 27-17 victory over the NFL’s last undefeated team. It means the ’72 Dolphins can rest easy for another year. And it puts the Broncos and Chiefs in a tie atop the AFC West at 9-1, with a rematch set in two weeks.

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‘Best Man’ Surprises, But ‘Thor’ Still Repeats

As the only new nationwide release this weekend, The Best Man Holiday exceeded all expectations with a very impressive $30 million haul. Still, superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World managed to hang on to first place.In its second weekend, Thor added $38.5 million for a 10-day total of $147 million. That’s down 55 percent from opening, which is steeper than the first Thor’s decline (47 percent), but a slight improvement over Iron Man 3 (58 percent). More importantly, that drop isn’t far off from Skyfall (53 percent), which opened on the same weekend last year.

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