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Federal judge strikes down North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion law

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:43pm

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.

North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect.

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Report shows sharp increase in some Minnesota STD rates

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:31pm

A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows significant increases in the rates of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from 2012 to 2013. While the state's overall STD rate increased 10 percent, the increases were much higher for syphilis (up 64 percent) and gonorrhea (up 26 percent).

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Spring snow spreading over Minnesota

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:06pm

AccuWeather Global Weather Center - AccuWeather.com reports a mid-April snowstorm will focus on the northern Plains and Upper Midwest through Thursday, spreading snow from the Dakotas to Ontario.

The biggest impacts from this system will be felt on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning when snow will have the greatest chance of accumulating under the cover of darkness.

This could lead to slick, slushy roadways for the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes along portions of I-94 and I-35, as well as around the Twin Cities.

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Dairy Queen worker accused of dealing cocaine at mall

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:40am

FARGO – A Dairy Queen employee at a Fargo shopping mall faces felony drug distribution charges after police allegedly found cocaine and drug-dealing paraphernalia in her purse following a report that she had been dealing drugs there.

Alyssa Kathleen Weisbeck, 21, of Fargo, was charged in Cass County District Court with one count of Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and one count each of possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies.

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Bogus tale of police misconduct draws online attention

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:31am

FARGO – Chadd was frustrated and angry. He needed to vent.

So he logged on to an online forum for diabetes sufferers like himself, and he shared what was on his mind.

In a 600-word post, he told of how two Fargo police officers pulled him over the night before, suspecting he had drugs on him. He wrote that they searched his car with a police dog, broke two vials of his insulin and ripped out an insulin pump that was connected to his body. His blood-sugar levels shot up, and he needed medical attention.

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College board gives sneak preview of redesigned SAT exam

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:10am

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prospective college students on Wednesday got a peek at new sample questions on the SAT, a widely used college entrance exam that will undergo a redesign over the next two years.

The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for admission, said it was releasing the draft test specifications on its website "to illustrate the shifts in the redesigned SAT."

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Emily woman hurt in crash on Highway 210

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:39am

A 66-year-old Emily woman was injured when the Chevrolet Silverado truck she was driving rolled over at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 210, one mile east of Brainerd, reported the Minnesota State Patrol.

Peggy Tutch, who had a cut on her head and a sore shoulder, was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

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Man killed in northeastern Minnesota crash

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:30am

MIDWAY TOWNSHIP - One man was killed and another injured Tuesday morning in a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a semi in Midway Township.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Midway and North Cloquet roads just before 7:30 a.m. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that witnesses said a black Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by a 25-year-old man from Wrenshall was southbound on Midway Road when it crossed into the opposite lane, striking a semi with a crane attachment head-on.

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Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:26am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control.

The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters.

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Swarm of bees delays flight from Vegas to Duluth

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:09am

DULUTH - An Allegiant Air flight destined for Duluth from Las Vegas late Monday afternoon had to return to Las Vegas shortly after takeoff because of a swarm of bees.

Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said the flight crew reported at 5:30 p.m. Duluth time that shortly after takeoff, a swarm of bees was clouding the windshield and bees were being ingested into the plane’s engines.

The crew decided to abort the flight, landing safely back in Las Vegas. More than 160 passengers were put on a new plane and got to Duluth at about 10:30 p.m., an hour and 40 minutes later than scheduled.

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Fugitive religious leader charged with sexually abusing girls

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:01am

PINE CITY - A minister who led a cult-like religious sect in northern Pine County sexually abused numerous girls and young women who lived apart from their families in a “Maidens Group,” according to charges filed in State District Court.

Victor Arden Barnard, 52, was charged last week in State District Court with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The charges pertain to two young women who reported being abused during a period of several years while living on the congregation’s compound in Finlayson. But authorities said there probably are more victims.

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Decomposed body found in Duluth neighborhood

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:52am

DULUTH - Duluth police are investigating after human remains were found Tuesday afternoon in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Officers got a call just after 2 p.m. about a dead body. A witness saw a decomposed body 100 yards from an intersection along a fence and brush line.

Investigators were trying to identify the body, which was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to rule on the cause and manner of death.

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