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Family demands charges in shooting during Floyd protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a man fatally shot at a Minneapolis pawn shop during protests over the death of George Floyd demanded charges in his death Tuesday. Saying they want justice, family members of Calvin Horton Jr. held a news conference the same day that Hennepin County Attorney ...

Walz close to announcing face mask decision in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he is close to announcing a decision on whether to require people across the state to wear face masks as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Walz said Tuesday that Minnesotans can expect a decision "in the next day or two." Last ...

Minnesota judge lifts gag order in George Floyd case

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Tuesday lifted a gag order in the criminal case against four former officers charged in death of George Floyd, but said he would take under advisement a news media coalition's request to make body ...

Walz: Progress in curbing COVID in Minnesota long-term care

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday the state is making progress in stemming coronavirus infections in the state's long-term care facilities. Walz and state health officials cite a dramatic drop in deaths and new cases of COVID-19 at nursing homes and other facilities ...

Body found in Minneapolis pawn shop that burned during riots

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities found a body Monday in the ruins of a Minneapolis pawn shop that burned during the unrest following the death of George Floyd. The body, apparently of a man, was discovered as investigators combed through the burned wreckage of maX it PAWN on East Lake Street. ...

Minnesota lawmakers struggle over details of policing bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders had a tentative agreement Monday on the outlines of a police accountability bill, the top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said, but lawmakers struggled with the details and chances appeared even dimmer for a $1.9 billion public construction projects ...

Twin Cities international airport to require face coverings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Travelers will be required to wear face coverings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved the resolution Monday. The new requirement takes effect next Monday and applies to ...

Minnesota woman struck, killed by train in Wisconsin

ALMA, Wis (AP) — A Minnesota woman walking to the Mississippi River to fish was struck and killed by a train in western Wisconsin. Buffalo County sheriff's authorities said Linda Sanden, 70, of Albert Lea was walking with fishing gear and accompanied by a family member when an eastbound ...

Newly confirmed COVID cases jump in Minnesota; 3 more deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials report the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases jumped by 737 on Sunday. An increase in the number of completed tests accounts for some of the increase, but not all, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The number of newly confirmed ...

5 rescued after boat capsizes on northern Minnesota lake

ELY, Minn. (AP) — All five people aboard a 14-foot boat are safe after their craft capsized Sunday in gusty winds on a lake in northern Minnesota, authorities said. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squad along with Morse Fire were called around 2:30 p.m. to a water emergency ...

3M files 18 lawsuits over alleged unlawful N95 mask sales

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — The leading manufacturer of N95 masks in the U.S. says it has investigated 4,000 reports of fraud, counterfeiting and price gouging in connection with the product and filed 18 lawsuits as a result. 3M, based in Maplewood, is among the largest global producers of the ...

Thousands of acres of crops destroyed by hail storm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Agricultural experts have been tallying the crop damage caused by last weekend's storm that packed 50 mph winds and baseball-sized hail in parts of Minnesota. The storm was a blow for farmers from Kandiyohi County to Nicollet County at a time when commodity prices are ...

New studies clarify what drugs help, hurt for COVID-19

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don't work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results. British researchers on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival -- a ...

News organizations object to gag order in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news organizations asked a Minnesota judge on Friday to scale back the gag order he imposed in the case of four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. The July 9 gag order is overly broad and restricts a "staggering ...

Minnesota hospitals ask Walz for statewide mask mandate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hospitals asked Gov. Tim Walz to order people throughout the state to wear masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus — a step the governor said he has been considering. In a letter released Friday, the Minnesota Hospital Association urged the ...

Ex-law officer apologizes to Castile girlfriend over tweet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minnesota law officer has apologized to the girlfriend of Philando Castile over a tweet he sent in 2017 suggesting she would spend her settlement money on crack cocaine. Attorneys on Thursday announced Diamond Reynolds has settled her defamation lawsuit against ...

Crystal officer struck by car trying to flee police

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — A Crystal police officer is recovering after being struck Thursday by a car trying to flee police, authorities said. The chase began after 1 p.m. after a State Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle for speeding. The driver would not stop and led troopers on a ...

Woman, 3 teens arrested in fatal Bloomington hotel shooting

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman and three teenagers in a fatal shooting at a Bloomington hotel last weekend. The body of a 39-year-old Minneapolis woman was found Sunday in a room at the LaQuinta Hotel. Police said Jennifer Swaggert was shot in the upper body. A ...

Hostage-taker killed by sheriff’s deputy is identified

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed Monday by a Carver County sheriff's deputy as he held a woman hostage on a bridge in a Twin Cities suburb. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 31-year-old Arlan Kaleb Schultz, of ...

‘I’m not a bad guy’: Police video captures distraught Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Body-camera footage made public Wednesday from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest captured a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death, saying "I'm not a bad guy!" as they tried to wrestle him into a ...