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By Paul Newberry, AP National Writer TALLADEGA, Ala. — Jamie McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap Sunday, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution. McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, not even having to worry about an expected charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Dillon spun coming out of the second turn.
By Ralph D. Russo, AP College Football Writer Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season.
BOSTON (AP) — When Shane Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, they were coming off a last-place finish that was their worst in almost half a century.
EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings have allowed the ball to be passed against them this season at an alarming rate. This week they had to give up their best defensive back. Talk about a combustible combination. The Vikings placed safety Harrison Smith on injured reserve with designation to return on Friday, and the best-case scenario for him is a return for the final three games when he’s eligible to rejoin the active roster.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed safety Harrison Smith on injured reserve with designation to return.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's optimistic that Congress will pass a farm bill this year. The Minnesota Democrat played an active role in trying to break the political stalemate that led to the federal government shutdown. Now she's in a House-Senate conference committee that will try to craft a compromise five-year farm bill.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul police on Thursday asked anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by a priest to come forward and report their experiences to law enforcement. Police Cmdr. Mary Nash addressed potential victims directly during a news conference, saying: "We want to hear from you.
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - Sheriff's officials say a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed while riding his bike in Isanti County. Authorities say the child was hit by a 16-year-old male driver in Cambridge Thursday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Parts of the collapsed Interstate 35W Bridge were being turned over Thursday to the Minnesota Historical Society for eventual public viewing. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is transferring four pieces to a Historical Society storage facility in St. Paul.