MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two men were found shot dead in a car in a south Minneapolis alley have been identified.
The bodies of James Lanier, 45, and Carlos M. Rogers, 31, both of Minneapolis, were found inside a car Thursday evening. Lanier was shot in the neck and Rogers was shot in the head, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Saturday.
Neighbors reported hearing three gunshots, followed by tires squealing and an engine revving.
No one has been arrested, police said.
`Man claiming to be fugitive calls Twin Cities TV station
MANKATO (AP) -- A man claiming to be a fugitive who escaped from Blue Earth County called a Twin Cities TV station Saturday night saying he would turn himself in if the station aired a statement he made over the phone.
KSTP-TV News Director Scott Libin said the man identified himself as Erik Stookey, 31, of Apple Valley, who escaped from authorities after making a plea on a prior criminal charge of escape.
The station did not run the caller's statement. Libin said it was because the call was received about 8:45 p.m., and there wasn't time before the 10 p.m. broadcast to verify his statements.
NWA fined $80,000 for shipping flammable materials
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines has been fined $80,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration for allegedly shipping flammable materials on a Federal Express plane in April 1999.
The FAA alleges that the Eagan-based carrier improperly packaged and failed to properly mark bottles of stain and solvents and metal canisters of aerosol spray the airline was shipping to Pacific, Mo.
The package with the flammable materials was discovered and reported to officials in the Twin Cities before the flight took off.
A spokesman for Northwest, which has 30 days to respond to the fine, said the airline will consult with the FAA and already has added new training for its employees on how to handle hazardous goods.
Typically, an airline and the FAA schedule a conference to settle the matter at a reduced fine.
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