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ST. PAUL — A proposal to allow gay weddings in Minnesota survived several moves Wednesday by Senate Republicans to block it, an early signal the measure likely has enough votes to pass on the floor. Both on the Senate floor and in a Rules Committee meeting, Democrats who control the chamber defeated a series of Republican motions to postpone its progress. Republicans said they were simply seeking more information about whether it would cost tax money to allow gay couples to marry — in court costs, state employee benefits and other areas.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With outings like this, Brian Matusz could regain a job in the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation. Matusz pitched four hitless innings, struck out six of his first seven batters and retired his first 11 before a walk in Wednesday night’s 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Matusz had a 10.69 ERA in 2011, the highest in a season for a pitcher with at least 10 starts. He was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts last year, then was sent to the minors on July 1 after losing his fifth straight outing.
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert knew he was going to get the ball. It was just up to him what he was going to do with it. It’s been a slow process for the Indiana Pacers’ center to playing up to expectations — a process that has stretch over the course of much of the season. However, when teammate Paul George told him before the game he was getting the ball, Hibbert capitalized by scoring a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have spent plenty of money already on free agents. Just not on anyone else’s players yet. Only their own. The Vikings finalized new contracts with linebacker Erin Henderson and wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Wednesday. That followed the four-year deal for Phil Loadholt worth as much as $25 million they gave their super-sized right tackle before free agency began on Tuesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A tax-preparation glitch affecting about 660,000 tax returns will delay refunds by as long as six weeks, with customers of the nation's largest tax preparer among those affected. The Internal Revenue Service says the problem involved a form used to claim educational credits and occurred between Feb. 14 and Feb. 22. A statement from the IRS says a "limited number of software company products" were involved.
BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd., says it has received an order for one million of its new smartphones, marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's...
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Pres
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. Watch for more to come soon.
White smoke has arisen from the Sistine Chapel chimney in St. Peter's Square, signaling that a new pope will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within the hour before many faithful waiting to witness the first new pontiff in eight years.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic church has chosen a new pope. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.