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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An Iowa woman is accused of leaving her two young nieces at a hotel in the Twin Cities area while she and a male friend went to a strip club and then a casino. Authorities say hotel staff found the girls, ages 6 and 1, wandering around the Bloomington hotel around midnight last Friday. Police were called to find the couple who had checked in the children. Officers say they found their room littered with dirty diapers and open bottles of alcohol.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses added a solid number of jobs in February, indicating higher taxes and looming government spending cuts have yet to slow hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost. By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- What record? By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- What record?
NEW YORK — The stock market is back. Five and a half years after the start of a frightening drop that erased $11 trillion from stock portfolios and made investors despair of ever getting their money back, the Dow Jones industrial average has regained all the losses suffered during the Great Recession and reached a new high. The blue-chip index rose 125.95 points Tuesday and closed at 14,253.77, topping the previous record of 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007, by 89.24 points.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota drivers could pay nearly 10 cents extra per gallon at the pump under a package of tax hikes House Democrats proposed Tuesday to help pay for roads, bridges and transit projects across the state. Besides a 5-cent gasoline tax increase and 4.5-cent fuel charge hike, the top Democrats on two House transportation panels proposed increasing license tab fees, expanding taxes to more auto parts and services and increasing the sales tax for transportation in the Twin Cities metro area. Minnesota’s current gas tax is 28.5 cents a gallon.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory and extended their points streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Bryan Bickell scored twice in the first period and Patrick Kane added a big goal in the third as Chicago (20-0-3) remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. It also snapped a tie with the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest points streak in league history.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Liam Hendriks shrugged off the fly ball that Josh Willingham lost in the sun and put the right-hander in a jam. He thought it helped him out. “It happens,” said Hendriks, a native of Perth, Australia. “It almost helps me. I got to try and work out some jams and have some guys on base. I felt really good. The ball is coming out of my hand really good. I was really happy with it.” Competing for a spot in the Minnesota Twins’ rotation, Hendrick gave up two runs and four hits in three innings of an 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
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.