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Officers write 678 citations in 1st week of hands-free law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say officers cited 678 drivers across the state during the first week of the new hands-free cellphone law. The Star Tribune reports that officers handed out 286 citations in Hennepin County, or about 40 percent of the total ...

An apology, a packed rally and a plan: 24 hours with Warren

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren started the day with an apology, repeating her regrets for her past claims of Native American heritage. She ended it with a clear sign that Democrats aren't holding the mistake against her — her largest crowd yet. The arc of the day Monday captured ...

2 seriously injured as SUV crashes into Eagan Starbucks

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Police say two people were seriously injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed into an Eagan Starbucks. According to Eagan police, a 29-year-old West St. Paul man and a 30-year-old Eagan woman were sitting in an outdoor patio area when the SUV crashed into the coffee ...

Elizabeth Warren talks about criminal justice in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren talked about criminal justice issues as she campaigned for a second day in Minnesota, the home turf of fellow candidate Amy Klobuchar. Warren on Tuesday visited Better Futures Minnesota, a Minneapolis nonprofit that helps ...

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from ...

Target launching private label in fight for grocery share

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is making its largest foray into a private food label next month as it attempts to energize grocery sales. On Sept. 15, 650 products will appear on store shelves under the brand "Good & Gather." That will expand to 2,000 products by late next year. Target is ...

New guidelines for rebates follow scrutiny of Fallon award

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's film and TV production incentive program is changing after questions were raised about past awards, including $267,000 for Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show." Minnesota Public Radio News reports the board that runs the Snowbate program announced the changes ...

Line 3 protesters rally at Minnesota Enbridge office

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people rallied outside a Minnesota office of Enbridge Energy to protest the company's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Protesters say six members of their group chained themselves to a gate early Monday at Enbridge's office in Bemidji, prompting the ...

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot. Omar, of Minnesota, suggested President Donald Trump and Prime Minister ...

Strong winds overturn sailboat in Minnesota; 2 men safe

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Two men are safe after strong winds overturned their sailboat on a lake in west-central Minnesota. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office was called about the overturned sailboat on Big Kandiyohi Lake early Sunday. Two men from Franklin, Minnesota — ages 48 and 51 — ...

Protesters disrupt 1st meeting on Minnesota police shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters are calling for more family representation on a new state panel examining police use of force in Minnesota. Demonstrators disrupted the start of the working group's first public meeting Saturday at the state Capitol. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison ...

Child dies after gun discharged inside Minnesota home

LAKE HERON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southern Minnesota say a child died after being shot inside a home. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, officers responded Wednesday to a 911 call in Lake Heron about an injured child. Authorities learned that a weapon was discharged ...

Rap battle turned stabbing leads to murder conviction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul man has been found guilty fatally stabbing a man earlier this year after they offended each other during a rap battle. The Star Tribune reports 29-year-old Quinten Osgood was convicted Friday of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree ...

Students returning to school damaged by explosion in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students will return to Minnehaha Academy next week, two years after a natural gas explosion leveled part of the Minneapolis campus, killing two staffers and injuring nine other people. Brick salvaged from the rubble as well as stone stair treads have been incorporated ...

Minneapolis police investigate 3rd homicide this week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating the city's third homicide in less than a week. Officers and paramedics were sent to north Minneapolis about 1 a.m. Friday where a man who found lying on the street. Police say he was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale ...

McCollum emerges as strong critic of Israeli policy

By GABE SCHNEIDER of MinnPost MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Betty McCollum has said that she is pro-Israel and supports Israel as a key U.S. ally. But she is different from other members of Congress in her consistent, vocal criticism of Israeli human rights abuses. Israel's staunchest critic in ...

All Lake Nokomis beaches close after illnesses jump to 49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department ...

Security change may mean longer lines at Minneapolis airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A security change at the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could mean longer lines for passengers. Starting Monday, travelers who haven't qualified for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR PreCheck will be limited to using the north security checkpoint. The ...

The Latest: Omar disputes Netanyahu’s claims about itinerary

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel banning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned tour, and subsequent reversal allowing Tlaib entry to West Bank for a family visit (all times local): 9:45 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota disputes Israeli Prime ...

Minnesota Jewish leaders criticize Israel for barring Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Jewish leaders are criticizing Israel for barring a visit by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan over their support of a Palestinian-led boycott movement. U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, who has been critical of Omar for earlier ...