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Man admits to hacking Minnesota databases over cop acquittal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man admitted Thursday that he hacked into state government databases in 2017 as an act of retaliation after the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop . Cameron Thomas Crowley, 20, apologized for his actions as he ...

House broadly condemns hate after anti-Semitism dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry Thursday, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next ...

Station: Suspect in Closs abduction says he’ll plead guilty

A Minnesota television station reported Thursday that the Wisconsin man charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty. KARE-TV reported that suspect Jake Patterson's Feb. 28 letter was in response to a letter from a station reporter. ...

Man found dead in road near Rochester shot multiple times

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Minnesota say a man found dead in a road near Rochester was shot multiple times. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the man was in his 20s. Authorities have tentatively identified the man but are waiting for confirmation ...

Dissent among Dems postpones action on anti-Semitism measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Wednesday postponed indefinitely a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after a contentious meeting in which some new members confronted leaders over their push to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. In the party's weekly closed meeting, ...

Appeals court: Minnesota boys can compete on dance teams

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that two Minnesota boys must be allowed to compete on their high schools' dance teams. Juniors Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald wanted to try out for their schools' dance teams in suburban Minneapolis. But the Minnesota State High ...

US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it’s premature

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the ...

Target hits on all cylinders in the fourth quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's expanded online delivery options, new brands and updated stores helped drive shoppers to spend more during the critical holiday shopping season. Target, which is trying to narrow the gap between itself and online leader Amazon, enjoyed a 31 percent spike in online ...

Some Minnesota elected officials express support for Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several elected officials in Minnesota have signed a statement of support for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar as she continues to take heat for statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic. More than 20 Minnesota state representatives, Minneapolis City Council members, park board ...

Walz hails bipartisan cooperation as he signs his 1st bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed his first two bills Tuesday — one that pays for fixes to the balky state vehicle registration system and one that provides $102 million for public construction projects statewide. The Democratic governor said at the signing ceremony ...

Save the Boundary Waters names former DNR chief as leader

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group opposing a proposed copper-nickel mine on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness announced Tuesday that its new executive director will be a former Department of Natural Resources commissioner who approved another contentious mining project in ...

Omar the flashpoint as Democrats confront divide over Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust ...

2 dead in Scott County snowmobile crash

BLAKELEY TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Two snowmobilers have died in a crash in Scott County. Sheriff's deputies say their snowmobile hit a power pole in Blakeley Township Sunday about 4:30 p.m. Authorities say the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger was taken to a ...

Load of steel beams shifts, killing semi driver

OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi driver was killed when his load of steel beams shifted and crashed into the cab of his rig. The patrol says 26-year-old Nelson Masse was southbound on Interstate 694 Saturday afternoon in Oakdale when he hit the brakes and the ...

The Latest: 2 possible cold weather deaths investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on record-setting cold in some parts of the Upper Midwest (all times local): 11 a.m. Authorities are investigating possible cold weather deaths in North Dakota and Wisconsin. In North Dakota, the Cavalier County Sheriff's Office says a 23-year-old Grand ...

FBI, other agencies investigate graffiti threat against Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a report of a threatening graffiti message directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar retweeted a photo showing the words "Assassinate Ilhan Omar" that were posted to Instagram on Feb. 22. The Star ...

Appeals court upholds $15 Minneapolis minimum wage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a $15 an hour Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance. The court affirmed the ordinance in a divided opinion Monday. Graco Inc. contended the ordinance was pre-empted by Minnesota's minimum wage law. The company asked a judge to ...

Study: Minnesota among leading states in bee protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota ranks among the top states in the country for its work to protect declining bee and butterfly populations, according to a new study. Damon Hall, an assistant professor at Missouri State University, examined every pollinator-related law that was passed by a ...

California sues over US abortion rule; 20 states to follow

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 20 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration's effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring ...

Lawmakers agree to undo ‘raid’ on environmental trust fund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislative leaders have agreed to undo what critics called an improper raid on an environmental trust fund that depends on Minnesota Lottery proceeds. In the chaotic final hours of the 2018 session, lawmakers tapped the trust fund to cover bonds for $98 million in ...