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Alfred Jackson, half-brother of late rock star Prince, dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A half-brother of the late rock superstar Prince has died, leaving five Prince siblings to share in the musician's fortune. An attorney for Alfred Jackson, Asa Weston, said Friday that the 66-year-old Jackson died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his home outside of ...

Departing human services chief recommends splitting agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In one of her last official actions, Minnesota's acting human services commissioner is recommending that her troubled agency be split in two. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Pam Wheelock told staff in an email Friday that the Department of Human Services should ...

Delta Air Lines pilot charged with alcohol violation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Delta Air Lines pilot from Minnesota was charged Friday with operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol. Tests confirmed that 37-year-old Gabriel Schroeder, of Rosemont, had a blood alcohol level between 0.04% and 0.08% when detectives arrested him on a plane ...

Minnesota man charged with crashing van into bus shelter

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An 83-year-old man who crashed his van into a Minneapolis bus shelter and injured five people was charged Friday but the prosecutor said it's unlikely he'll face a prison term, angering a community activist who said the driver should be ...

DNR: Animal in Eden Prairie more likely coyote than cougar

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says an animal sighted roaming in a Twin Cities suburb is more likely a coyote than a cougar. Authorities tweeted a photo Thursday night of what appears to be a cougar taken by a resident in Eden Prairie this week near ...

Light rail train strikes, kills woman in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A light rail train has struck and killed a woman in St. Paul. The woman died after she was struck by a Green Line train Friday afternoon as she crossed University Avenue. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla says the woman was in a pedestrian crosswalk when an ...

GOP shifts focus to House Dem ‘squad’ in campaign attacks

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over, Nancy Pelosi. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the "squad" of freshmen women of color are emerging as new stars of Republican attacks against Democrats running for Congress. The tone is being set from the top as ...

Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, SCOTT McFETRIDGE and JULIE PACE Associated Press LACONA, Iowa (AP) — When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his fields about an hour south of ...

Best Buy 2Q profit beats estimates, but revenue misses

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. reported a sales shortfall for the fiscal second quarter and trimmed its annual sales forecast, blaming uncertainty surrounding an escalating trade war with China heading into the holiday shopping season. Shares of the ...

Report: US Native American health agency at crossroads

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Emergency rooms shut down for months. Hospitals put patients at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. A longtime pediatrician was charged with sexually abusing children. The federal agency that administers health care for more than ...

Minnesota math scores continue to decline in latest tests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Student math test scores continue to decline in Minnesota. During the most recent school year, the number of Minnesota students considered proficient in math dropped for the fourth consecutive year. Only 53.9 percent of students met or exceeded state standards for math ...

Teen gets 30 years for killing girlfriend’s cousin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man teen has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a man who was trying to intervene in a domestic assault. Nineteen-year-old Theotis Thomas earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Mark Franklin, the ...

Omar claps back at Alabama GOP resolution against her

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has clapped back at an Alabama Republican Party resolution urging that she be expelled from Congress. The state party's executive committee approved a resolution Saturday calling for Omar's expulsion, saying she had "engaged in rhetoric that ...

Minnesota lawmaker loses seats on 2 committees after scuffle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota legislator and ex-deputy accused of drunkenly scuffling with security at St. Paul hotel and disorderly behavior at a nearby hospital has lost his seats on two law and order committees. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman told Republican Rep. Matt ...

Ex-Minnesota pastor pleads guilty to sex with parishioner

AVON, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota pastor has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a parishioner he was counseling. Fifty-year-old Charles Pelkey entered his plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Tuesday. A jury trial that was scheduled to begin ...

Minnesota firm shifts some operations to Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota manufacturing plant with repeated pollution violations says it has shifted some of its operations to a facility in Wisconsin. Water Gremlin of White Bear Township makes fishing sinkers and battery terminals. Earlier his month, the Minnesota Pollution Control ...

Agency moves to curb chronic wasting among Minnesota’s deer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is taking a three-pronged approach to curbing the spread of a fatal brain disease among the state's estimated 1 million wild deer, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The agency has taken an aggressive approach to combating chronic wasting ...

‘Rev it up’: Back at home, Klobuchar is told to get tough

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Amy Klobuchar wends her way through the hordes of people at the Minnesota State Fair, it's clear she's on her home turf. She stops to greet familiar faces at the Farmers' Union. She poses for photos with metal workers at the AFL-CIO building. A young girl ...

Bloomington man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his wife earlier this month. The Hennepin County Attorney's office says 56-year-old John Lawler of Bloomington pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week. Lawler faces up to 30 ½ years in prison when ...

Freight train strikes, kills man in northern Minnesota

PILLAGER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a freight train struck and killed a man over the weekend. The Cass County Sheriff's Office was notified Saturday morning that the train hit a person who was walking on the tracks west of Pillager. Deputies and first responders ...