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DENVER (AP) — Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score.

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Minnesota lawmakers move to ban electronic cigarettes inside public places

Minnesota may become the next state to treat electronic cigarettes like combustible tobacco products when it comes to “vaping” inside public places. The Minnesota House approved legislation Thursday to add e-cigarettes to the state’s indoor smoking ban. The vote was 100-25. Similar...

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DNA leads to suspect in 1984 slaying of Stillwater naval recruit in Florida

SANFORD, Fla. — Detectives investigating the three-decade-old slaying of a Navy recruit from Stillwater used genealogical research involving DNA to track down and arrest a suspect who was a one-time Navy training classmate of the victim, authorities in Florida said Thursday. Thomas Garner, 59, was...

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Every spring brings potholes, but it’s really bad this year. One hole is truck-sized.

Months before the season of “big fish stories” comes the warm-up: a chance to practice hyperbole with potholes. Except this year, the hype appears all too real. “I think this year is the worst year I’ve seen,” said Jerry Auge Jr., who’s been Ramsey County’s maintenance engineer for...

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From the Palmer Divide to the Plains Wednesday, an exceptionally-powerful "bomb cyclone" brought 100 mph wind gusts and conditions rivaling those of a hurricane, except with blinding snow in many places.

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Two of Twins’ top prospects see Grapefruit League action, and neither is Royce Lewis

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins haven’t had a chance to see their top prospect, Royce Lewis, in action in a Grapefruit League game yet. But Thursday, they got a better look at a couple of their other top prospects, with Wander Javier starting the game — a 10-4 exhibition loss to the Washington...

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State troopers use CPR to revive motorist who nearly drowned in flipped pickup

A pair of Minnesota State Patrol troopers used CPR to revive a Centerville woman who nearly drowned Wednesday night when her pickup flipped into a holding pond on Interstate 35 in Wyoming.

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One interim Ramsey County elections head appointed for each of retiree Joe Mansky’s big shoes

Two longtime Ramsey County employees were appointed this week to replace retiring elections manager Joe Mansky. The county board appointed elections administrator David Triplett to be interim elections manager for the upcoming election year, and elections supervisor Christina Tvedten to be interim...

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Senate slaps down Trump border emergency; Republicans defect

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both...

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Minnesota Legislature OKs disaster loans for winter-wracked farmers

Minnesota farmers hit by catastrophic winter weather could access zero-interest disaster loans through the state. The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives both unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would let the Rural Finance Authority offer loans through the Disaster Recovery Loan...

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Stillwater family that escaped fire to be honored Friday at Mall of America

A Stillwater family who escaped a fire at their house last summer will be honored Friday, March 15, at Sea Life at Mall of America. The Hintze-Belland family will open a new $1 million “Brave the Rainforest” exhibit. Sea Life officials have dubbed them “Minnesota’s Bravest Family.” When a...

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‘Transit’ is a Holocaust movie set in the present, and the gimmick is surprisingly effective

The movie “Transit” opens at a cafe in Paris as a police siren wails outside. The conversation — between two men at a bar making arrangements for transportation — is furtive: “Paris is being sealed off,” one whispers, before handing over letters for his companion, Georg, to deliver to a...

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Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from both major parties as he tries to translate his political celebrity into a formidable White House bid.

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As the intriguing, visually stunning “Woman at War” opens, a woman named Halla is tightening her bow and sending an arrow across an array of utility towers, a real-life Artemis whose precise goal remains elusive in a mostly silent sequence. Played by the Icelandic actress Halldora...

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released Thursday that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to...

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Five things you may not know about medical marijuana in Minnesota

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is often called one of the most restrictive in the country. Why? The drug is available only in the form of pills and liquids; the plant is illegal. There are just two manufacturers. And only patients who have one of 13 severe conditions can qualify. RELATED:...

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Dear Abby: No, do not compliment the clerk on her cleavage tattoo

DEAR ABBY: At the checkout counter I noticed the clerk had a tattoo in the cleavage of her breasts. I could see it because of her low-cut blouse. What’s the correct protocol? Should I ignore the obvious, or should I look closer to be sure I am seeing it correctly? Should I compliment her on […]

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No time to cook? Here are our favorite east metro takeout spots

We all have those nights when life gets the best of us and we just don’t have time to spend in the kitchen. Too often, in our fast-paced society, the answer to that is to hit a drive-through or order pizza or subs. With a little more effort — a phone call and a bit […]

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Can medical marijuana help combat Minnesota’s opioid epidemic?

Katy Cummins-Bakko was wrapped in a haze that confined her to bed. Her husband was downstairs in their St. Paul home with friends and she could hear the chatter of life, just out of reach. Her heart pulled toward the living room but she could not join them. It was not her connective tissue disease,...

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PHILADELPHIA — “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the church’s “pattern of abuse” and conspiracy of silence...

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