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NEW DELHI (AP) -- A man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a 23-year-old student aboard a New Delhi bus committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, police said, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed. By RAVI NESSMAN Associated Press
ST. PAUL (AP) — Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat Vancouver 4-2 Sunday night to move into a first-place tie with the Canucks. Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight home game and beat their Northwest Division rivals for the first time this season. Cory Schneider made 28 saves, and Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks, who fell to 1-3-2 in their past six games.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Tommy Novak scored a power-play goal with 6.1 seconds left in the third period as St. Thomas Academy rallied to win its third straight Class 1A boys hockey championship Saturday. St. Thomas beat Hermantown 5-4. Novak took a pass from Wyatt Schmidt near the right wall and cut to the top of the slot. His slapshot beat Adam Smith high on the glove side. Matt Perry had a hat trick and Henry Hart also scored for the Cadets (27-2-2), who trailed by two goals to start the final frame. The Cadets have won five of the past eight Class 1A crowns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vince Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Dallas Mavericks to a 100-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Brandan Wright added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won three straight and four of their last five in a last-ditch push for the playoffs. They entered the day in 11th place in the West, three games out of the eighth spot.
NEW YORK — America’s power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure. Since then, power outages have remained infrequent; but when the lights do go out, it now takes longer to get them back on.
ST. PAUL — Recommendations slated for action today call for the first salary hikes for Minnesota’s governor and legislators since the late 1990s, as well as a substantial restructuring of how top state agency managers are paid. The Compensation Council, a panel with appointees representing all three branches of state government, delivered a draft plan last week to top lawmakers. In it, the 16-member board says stagnant salaries are making it hard to recruit and retain good people who can make more outside government.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Once he figured out what was working for him, Mike Pelfrey was nearly untouchable. Pelfrey struck out five in three impressive innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 on Friday night. “Thought it was good after the first inning,” Pelfrey said. “I had a really good sinker tonight and I think I should have recognized it a little earlier.”
BEMIDJI — Nick Bjugstad’s second goal at 14:54 of the third period lifted second-ranked Minnesota over Bemidji State 4-2 on Friday, keeping the Gophers’ hopes alive for the McNaughton Cup. Minnesota (23-7-5, 15-7-5) heads into Saturday’s final game tied with North Dakota for second place, two points behind St. Cloud State. The Gophers can earn a share of the title with a win and a St. Cloud State loss. Bjugstad’s first goal gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead. Ben Marshall and Justin Holl also scored for Minnesota, which improved to 3-0-1 all-time in Bemidji.
MINNEAPOLIS — Good news for Minnesota: The last true road game of the season is this weekend. The Gophers need a win at Purdue on Saturday to get back on track before the Big Ten tournament and they’ve lost seven in a row away from cozy, noisy Williams Arena. The latest slip on a trip was came Wednesday at Nebraska, an ugly 53-51 loss. Three of their top five scorers, Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman, failed to score. One of the biggest problems that night was foul shooting.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he was almost certain to drop his bid to broaden the state sales tax to service transactions, a key revenue element of his proposed budget but also one that provoked protest from the business community.