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CHICAGO — Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. Chicago is moving on in the postseason for the first time since the championship run in 2010, and will face either San Jose or Detroit if the Red Wings get past Anaheim. The way the Blackhawks have dominated, anything less than a trip to the Stanley Cup finals would be a disappointment for them. They got off to a record start and captured the Pr
BOSTON — The Minnesota Twins are heading home with a three-game winning streak. Doing it against the Boston Red Sox makes it more impressive. The Red Sox had the best record in the majors after they beat the Twins in the series opener. But after losing 5-3 in Thursday night’s finale, they dropped out of first place in the AL East for the first time this season. “It’s important that you kind of get that feeling about grinding things out (at) the end of a long road trip,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Four Minnesota House Republicans have broken party ranks to pass a gay marriage bill, with two Democrats voting against it. Thursday's 75-59 vote to legalize same-sex marriage sets up a Monday vote in the Senate, where supporters say they have sufficient backing. No Republicans had declared their support heading into the House vote. But yes votes came from David FitzSimmons of Albertville, Pat Garofalo of Farmington, Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury and Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie. Loon says she decided during the debate.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter. By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters and opponents of sweeping immigration legislation faced off Thursday as a Senate committee began considering hundreds of amendments that could improve the bill's chances of eventual passage through Congress, or doom it to failure. By ERICA WERNER Associated Press
ST. PAUL -- Anticipation. Frustration. Elation. Love. Anger. Patience. Impatience. Today’s House vote on gay marriage attracted the range of emotion as Minnesotans began arriving at the Capitol this morning. A midday start was anticipated for debate on a bill that would allow same-sex marriages in the state. A last-minute compromise to clarify that clergy would not be forced to officiate at weddings of same-sex couples convinced supporters that the measure they have sought for years could be on the verge of becoming law.
BOSTON (AP) -- The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said Thursday. By JAY LINDSAY and MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could lead to more hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A Cleveland man was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape and kidnapping after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home earlier in the week. By MEGHAN BARR and THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Three women found alive after a decade in captivity endured lonely, dark lives inside a dingy home where they were raped and allowed outside only a handful of times in disguises while walking to a garage steps away, investigators say. By MEGHAN BARR and THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press