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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have an obvious priority for the offseason: add wide receivers. The Vikings created another opening at their thinnest position on Tuesday by releasing veteran Michael Jenkins, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap. Jenkins played two seasons of the three-year contract he signed with the Vikings after the lockout ended in 2011. He was due a roster bonus of $2.425 million on March 16 and a base salary of $825,000 for 2013, so the move was hardly surprising.
NEW YORK — For anyone who thinks TV is already saturated with sports of every stripe, stay tuned. Here comes Fox with an in-your-face challenge to ESPN — a 24-hour sports cable network called Fox Sports 1, set to launch Aug. 17.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ever since Glen Taylor put the Timberwolves on the market last summer, the longtime owner has been in search of an ownership group that would keep the team in Minnesota for the long haul. If Minnesota native Flip Saunders is involved, the odds of that happening would seem pretty good.
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, buoyed by higher sales, more new orders and solid job growth. The gain suggests higher taxes have yet to slow consumer spending on services. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has acknowledged that it will be "several months" before meat inspectors are furloughed as part of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1. By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Mother Nature is apparently saving the best, or at least the biggest, for last. DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Mother Nature is apparently saving the best, or at least the biggest, for last. Chicago residents expected to find themselves in the midst of a storm that could wind up dumping as much as 10 inches of snow in the area before the end of Tuesday — the most since the 2011 blizzard and its more than 20 inches of snow.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up to 110 of the 115 expected to take part.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota standout MarQueis Gray is being considered by NFL teams at three different positions. Gray has been working out at quarterback, wide receiver and even tight end. He went through skill drills for pro scouts with several other former Gophers teammates on Monday at the annual pre-draft workout session at the university’s practice facility viewed by 13 NFL teams.