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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opera buffs will have a chance to hear Rossini's popular comedy, “The Barber of Seville,” in the ruins of a Minneapolis mill this summer. The Mill City Summer Opera returns with its second season production this July. The five performances will take place in the Ruin Courtyard of the Mill City Museum. Tickets go on sale May 20. Last year, the company sold out its debut run of “Pagliacci” (pal-ee-ah-chee).
NEW YORK (AP) — “Oz the Great and Powerful” is living up to its name at the box office. Walt Disney's 3-D blockbuster led all films for the second week in a row, taking in $42.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Sam Raimi's prequel to the L. Frank Baum classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also took in $46.6 million overseas, leading to a two-week worldwide total of $281.8 million. In a winter of underperforming releases, that makes “Oz” easily the biggest hit of 2013 so far.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a college student discovered weapons and explosive devices in a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando early Monday, and hundreds of students were evacuated, though the school said there was no immediate threat. By KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval. By JULIE PACE and KEN THOMAS Associated Press
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Heavy snow and strong winds are creating hazardous travel conditions in west central Minnesota. The State Patrol and the Department of Transportation have closed three roadways because of low visibility. They include Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria, Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon and Highway 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls. The State Patrol reminds motorists that drivers can be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail for traveling on a road that's closed.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- The ordeal of an eastern Ohio community roiled by allegations of rape against two high school football players is far from over, despite the teens' conviction for the crime and their sentence to juvenile prison terms. By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Two people were killed when a private jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in northern Indiana and damaged three homes, becoming lodged in one of them, authorities said. By TOM COYNE Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Welcome to the new off-white America. A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as “whiteness” begins to lose its numerical dominance. Long in coming, the demographic shift was most vividly illustrated in last November’s re-election of President Barack Obama, the first black president, despite a historically low percentage of white supporters.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Lew Ford drove in three runs and Steve Johnson pitched four scoreless innings to help a Baltimore Orioles split squad beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday. Ford, a non-roster outfielder, is batting .483 this spring. Wieters is hitting .500. J.J. Hardy, who was 1 for 21 entering the game, also had a home run. Johnson, one of several pitchers competing for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore’s rotation, allowed three hits and walked one. He struck out two.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taylor Reiss scored 30 points to lead Minneota to a 61-51 win over Ada-Borup and its first Class 1A girls’ basketball state championship Saturday. Reiss, who scored 22 in the Vikings’ semifinal win over Bethlehem Academy, all but put the game away during a key exchange late in the game. She grabbed a rebound and scored on the put-back, then hit a pair of free throws to give Minneota a 54-47 lead with 1:22 left. The Vikings (30-2), who stretched their winning streak to 17, had played in the last two state tournaments but never reached the final.