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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 history. The Canadian company is relying on the redesigned BlackBerry to fuel a comeback. The pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple's 2007 release of the iPhone, which reset consumers' expectations for what a smartphone should do.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving in a January interstate crash that left him seriously injured. Brodkorb was sentenced to 1 year of probation Wednesday and ordered to pay a $500 fine. He released a statement in which he apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he could have died if not for the work of first responders and others. Brodkorb crashed his SUV into a bridge wall on Interstate 35 near St. Paul Jan. 23.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. About half the jump reflected higher gas prices, but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are considering setting up a statewide text message suicide prevention program. The proposal would establish a prevention text line that people who need help can contact to get emergency contact information. It would also provide training in schools and communities about how to use the new program. Rep. Mike Sundin, an Esko Democrat, has the bill, which the House Health and Human Services Policy committee is set to take up Wednesday. The state would fund the program, but the bill doesn't yet state how much it would need in funding.