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ST. LOUIS — John Reifsteck looks out at his muddy 1,800-acre central Illinois farm and wonders when he’ll get to plant. Like so many other Midwest growers who were praying for rain during the recent drought, he’s now pining for enough sunshine and heat to dry out his soggy fields as the deadline approaches for deciding what he can even plant this year. It’s a troubling scenario playing out across America’s breadbasket, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 12 percent of the nation’s cornfields have been planted.
BOSTON — Scott Diamond allowed three hits in seven innings, Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Tuesday night. Diamond (3-2) gave up a single in each of the first three innings, didn’t allow a runner past first base and retired the last 15 batters he faced. He struck out two and walked none. David Ortiz went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 27 games, a run that began before he sustained a season-ending injury in August.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans cut back on using their credit cards in March, suggesting many were reluctant to take on high-interest debt to make purchases. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans cut back on using their credit cards in March, suggesting many were reluctant to take on high-interest debt to make purchases.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is ready to impose a smoking ban at its Twin Cities campus. The University Senate has voted in favor of the ban. The Senate includes faculty, students and staff. University President Eric Kaler says a tobacco-free campus has become an expectation, rather than an innovation. Kaler would impose the ban, which could begin in 2014 after an educational campaign.
EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Rangers are searching for a missing Edina man who went on a hike in Yosemite National Park. Authorities say 73-year-old Kenneth Stensby was hiking Vernal Fall solo when he disappeared. Stensby had been staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel and told staff Sunday morning that he was headed out for a hike and expected to be back around noon. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( http://bit.ly/18RNTXh ) says park officials found Stensby's day pack near the guard rails at the top of the waterfall on the Merced River.
BOSTON (AP) -- Despite more than 100 offers, a Massachusetts funeral director is striking out in his search for a burial location for the body of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a gun battle with police. By DENISE LAVOIE, STEVE LeBLANC and RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- As smoke thickened and a fire grew in the back of a limousine, Nelia Arellano desperately tried to squeeze through a 3 foot by 1 1/2-foot partition. By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now." By THOMAS J. SHEERAN and JOHN COYNE Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack — or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home. The FBI said “the lives of several local residents were po- tentially saved” with the arrest of Buford Rogers, 24, who made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in St.