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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spike in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February by the most in more than three years. But outside the gain in fuel, inflation was mostly modest. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis paid a heartfelt tribute Friday to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III. By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday set up the clear-cut tax debate his aides say he’s always craved, demanding that Minnesota’s best-off residents pay higher income taxes to boost spending on education and other services.
ST. PAUL — Rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin’s first NHL score highlighted a three-goal second period by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Devin Setoguchi and Mikko Koivu also scored in the decisive middle frame. Ryan Suter had a season-high three assists and Matt Cullen and Zach Parise each had two assists to help the Wild improve to 10-3-1 at home and bounce back from a stinging loss two nights ago. Koivu added an empty-netter with 33 seconds remaining to seal it.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Pelfrey is feeling good about his accelerated rehabilitation from reconstructive elbow surgery. Now, he needs to get the results he wants. Pelfrey gave up five runs in his fourth spring training outing, and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Thursday. The big right-hander, who signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Twins after five full big league seasons with the New York Mets, gave up six hits in just two innings.
CHICAGO — If he has hit a bigger shot than this, Brandon Paul couldn’t remember it. He’d have a hard time matching it. Paul nailed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and finished with 25 points to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration says the agency will allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a backlash against the proposal. By JOAN LOWY Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Cassel. By Jon Krawczynski Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. By Joan Lowy Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits.