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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis marked his first month as pontiff on Saturday by naming eight cardinals from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to counsel him on running the Catholic Church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy - a bombshell announcement that indicates he intends a shift in how the papacy should function. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retired as a city worker, Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retired as a city worker, Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's plan to raise Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new income brackets to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees, the administration revealed Friday. By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the last four games, and the New York Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 16-5 as snowflakes fell at Target Field on Friday night. Buck became only the fourth major league player in at least 92 years to reach 19 RBIs in the first 10 games of a season, according to STATS research dating to 1921. Chris Davis did it for Baltimore this year, Manny Ramirez for Cleveland in 1999 and Lou Gehrig for the Yankees in 1927 were the others.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, including a clutch jumper with 39 seconds left, to power the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-100 on Friday night. The victory kept the pressure on the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Jefferson scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the third to turn a seven-point deficit into an 82-81 lead entering the fourth.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jason Day is out front midway through the Masters. Fortunately for Guan Tianlang, the leader didn’t sink one last putt Friday. Guan, a 14-year-old from China, became the youngest player to make the cut in PGA Tour history, despite taking a one-stroke penalty on the 17th hole for slow play. Apparently the first ruling of its kind in the Masters’ 77-year history, it gave the eighth-grader no margin for error if he wanted to play on the weekend.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says springtime is a good time for parents to talk to teens about safe driving habits. DPS's Office of Traffic Safety says spring is an exciting time for teens — with the end of the school year approaching and prom season in full swing. But it is also a dangerous period on the roads. DPS says that over the last three years, 30 teens died in motor vehicle crashes over the months of April, May and June. Nineteen of those teens, or 63 percent, were not buckled up.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are trying to not let a spring snowstorm prevent them from playing the New York Mets this weekend at Target Field. About five inches of heavy, wet snow fell Thursday in the Twin Cities area, and a crew of dozens worked throughout the morning, afternoon and evening to remove snow from the seating bowl and other areas at the ballpark. Twins President Dave St. Peter said work would continue overnight if necessary. He said the team was confident the playing surface would be “major league ready.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague’s first big coaching search lasted all of nine days, a relatively short period of time for a decision on a job as high profile as the school’s men’s basketball coach. To some around the program, and anxious fans who heard report after report of coaching candidates coming and going, it may have felt like a lot longer. In the end, Teague said he could never worry about the outside perception of how the process was unfolding.
ST. PAUL — Brian Elliott notched his third straight shutout, stretching his streak to 189 minutes, 31 seconds without a goal, and the St. Louis Blues won their sixth straight game by beating the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Thursday night. Roman Polak ended a 120-game streak without a goal, and Andy McDonald also scored, sending the Wild to their sixth loss in eight games. They have been shut out in three of four, the only times they have been blanked all season.