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EDEN PRAIRIE — Anyone could see the trade of Percy Harvin coming. The Minnesota Vikings departing with Antoine Winfield was the surprise as free agency began Tuesday. The Vikings terminated the 35-year-old Winfield’s contract to clear more space under the salary cap right before the marketplace opened. Then they finalized their deal with the Seahawks to send Harvin to Seattle for three draft picks, and re-signed right tackle Phil Loadholt to a multi-year contract, keeping a durable anchor of their offensive line off-limits to the rest of the league.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them following the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican made clear it didn't expect a winner on the first ballot.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one. By DAN ELLIOTT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press
Update 11:30 a.m. VATICAN CITY (AP) — The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI following his stunning resignation. Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, closed the double doors after shouting "Extra omnes," Latin for "all out," telling everyone but those taking part in the conclave to leave the frescoed hall. He then locked it.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost. By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Recent Korean history reveals a sobering possibility: It may only be a matter of time before North Korea launches a sudden, deadly attack on the South. And perhaps more unsettling, Seoul has vowed that this time, it will respond with an even stronger blow. By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday. By HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday.