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18 people charged in 2 violent robberies in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eighteen people are charged with various counts in connection with two violent robberies in downtown Minneapolis. The defendants range from 15 to 27 years old. One man is charged in both attacks. In the first robbery, surveillance video shows about a dozen people beating ...

Autopsy: NDSU student killed 5 years ago died of asphyxia

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University freshman from Minnesota who was killed five years ago died of asphyxia. Authorities have said little about the September 2014 death of 18-year-old Thomas Bearson of Sartell, Minnesota, other than it was a homicide. KVLY-TV obtained ...

Magistrate: Mosque bombing case should not be dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending that a judge decline to dismiss charges against an Illinois militia leader who was the alleged ringleader behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Michael Hari's attorneys had argued that four counts against him should be ...

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese paid $80M to clients of law firm

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a ...

2-year-old boy struck by bullet in north Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a bullet in north Minneapolis. Minneapolis police were sent to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale early Tuesday after the child was dropped off with a reported gunshot wound to the arm or hand. Officers were ...

Walz to push gun control, insulin affordability in 2020

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he's looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice ...

Video deleted from Minnesota first lady’s tense policy forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A deleted video from a forum that turned tense over racial issues demonstrates some of the political risks in Minnesota first lady Gwen Walz's push for criminal justice reform. Walz and staffers in the governor's office wanted to promote an upcoming PBS documentary ...

Suspect charged in fire that destroyed Minnesota synagogue

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a homeless man with causing a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Matthew James Amiot, 36, is charged with two counts of setting a negligent fire. A judge set his bail at $20,000 and Amiot remained in ...

Walz signs order creating Governor’s Biofuels Council

PLATO, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is setting up a council to advise him on how to foster the growth of Minnesota's biofuels industry. The Governor's Biofuels Council will have 15 members, including representatives of the agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as ...

Fort Snelling State Park reopening for 1st time since March

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fort Snelling State Park is finally reopening after a long shutdown for repairing damage caused by flooding this spring. The park sits at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and is normally one of ...

Minnesota waterfowl managers predict good duck hunting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens Saturday morning. Waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts of the Department of Natural Resources says biologists continue to see favorable counts of breeding ducks in ...

Minnesota officer fatally shoots man during fight

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A police officer in Minnesota fatally shot a man after the man rear-ended the officer's marked SUV, then got out of his car and started fighting with the officer, authorities said. Authorities have not said whether the man had a weapon when the St. Paul police officer shot ...

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel ...

CDC: 3 in 10 Minnesota adults are obese

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota, you're getting fatter. A state that likes to think it's special has an adult obesity rate that has climbed above 30% for the first time, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Minnesota's rate of 30.1% in 2018 is ...

Walz says Japan can’t pick up US-China trade war slack

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that his just-concluded six-day trade trip to Japan and South Korea was productive but also showed that Japan won't be able to pick up much slack from the U.S. trade war with China. Minnesota's agricultural ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 28 years for child pornography

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for producing child pornography. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Nicholas Campbell, of Otsego, produced sexually explicit images and videos of two minors. He admitted in court ...

Man charged in fatal head-butt at downtown Minneapolis bar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man is accused of causing the death of another man by head-butting him at a downtown Minneapolis bar. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 28-year-old Erik Kravchuck, of Golden Valley, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 42-year-old ...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state ...

Suspect arrested in fire at historic Minnesota synagogue

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Duluth police and fire officials said in a press release that a news conference is set for 11 a.m. Sunday to talk about the investigation into the fire ...

University of St. Thomas reports racist word in dorm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of St. Thomas officials say they're investigating after a racist word was traced in dust on a residence hall's bathroom window. TommieMedia, the campus news outlet, reports President Julie Sullivan announced by email Thursday that the word had been found ...