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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will play their final game at the Metrodome against Detroit Dec. 29. The NFL schedule was unveiled Thursday. The Vikings will also play the Lions to start the season Sept. 8. They have one Monday night game, at the New York Giants Oct. 21; one Sunday night, against Green Bay Oct. 27; and one Thursday night, against Washington Nov. 7.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Errol Mann, the kicker for the Oakland Raiders team that won the 1977 Super Bowl, has died. He was 71. Mann died on April 11 at his home in Missoula, said Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services are scheduled Friday afternoon. Mann was remembered by family and friends as a straight-forward, fun-loving, competitive man, the Missoulian reported.
Looking for a reason not to pick the Miami Heat to win another NBA title? Don’t check the odds, where the Heat are such an overwhelming favorite that it might as well be Tiger Woods against a weekend hacker. Definitely don’t bother with the Heat’s results, which show exactly three losses since the start of February. And certainly don’t look on the court, where LeBron James sent season-long reminders that he’s better than ever and already the best in the world.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves head into another long summer and will be getting ready for another appearance in the draft lottery, just like they have every year since 2004. Yet there remains a feeling around the organization that this time is different. Maybe. They have a head coach beloved by his players and considered one of the best X’s and O’s guys in the game. They have a bruising center who has become one of the best offensive rebounders and one of the most reliable scorers in the paint.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gay activists and their allies are gathering at Minnesota's Capitol for an annual rally that's likely to be dominated this year by the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. OutFront Minnesota holds its rally Thursday. That's the state's most influential gay rights group and one of the chief backers of the bill to make gay marriage legal. The group is expecting several thousand supporters at the Capitol where they will also be urged to lobby their lawmakers on the issue.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus a nervous nation's attention on those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an "act of terror" at the Boston Marathon. Americans also will be looking to the president to offer reassurances about the nation's safety as investigators scramble to answer key questions about an attack with origins that are yet unknown.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won't stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.
BOSTON (AP) -- The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.
WEST, Texas (AP) -- Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction. Video link: Fatalities in Texas fertilizer plant explosion
WEST, Texas (AP) — An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings. The blast at West Fertilizer in West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened shortly before 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north.