- - Thursday, March 31, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Russian billionaire buys $100 million home

LOS ALTOS HILLS | A Russian billionaire investor has purchased a lavish, 25,500-square-foot mansion in Silicon Valley for $100 million, thought to be the most ever paid for a single-family home in the United States.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Yuri Milner, 49, an investor in Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, has no immediate plans to move into the home.

Mr. Milner is the founder of Digital Sky Technologies, an investment firm he started in 2005.

FLORIDA

Tent collapses from storms; 7 hurt

ST. PETERSBURG | Windy, rainy weather furiously swept through central Florida Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, flooding roads and toppling trucks and small planes.

In Lakeland, where several hundred people had gathered for the annual Sun ‘n Fun aviation festival, a tent collapsed and injured seven people, authorities said. All of the injuries were reported to be minor and six of those hurt were taken to a local hospital.

“The worst injury was a fractured hip,” said Polk County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilder. He added that 70 people were under the tent when it collapsed and that some crawled out.

It was the second day of bad weather in the central Florida region. For hours Thursday morning, strong storms swept across Florida, starting in the Gulf of Mexico and traveling east over the I-4 corridor towards Orlando.

GEORGIA

Ex-CDC counselor in legal fight over gay woman

ATLANTA | A former counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims she was wrongly fired over religious beliefs after refusing to counsel a woman about a same-sex relationship.

Marcia Walden’s attorneys asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to overturn a judge’s ruling and allow her lawsuit against the Atlanta-based federal agency to go forward.

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