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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.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Joe Flacco knows his stature as the highest-paid player in NFL history may not last for long, and he’s OK with it. What matters most to the Super Bowl MVP is that the Baltimore Ravens were willing to pay him that kind of money in the first place. Flacco signed his new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over six years. He will receive a $29 million signing bonus, $52 million in guaranteed money and $51 million over the first two years of the deal.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed four hits in a three-run first inning and Jason Motte gave up a two-run homer in his second straight outing as the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Twins 7-0 Monday. Working on his slider instead of throwing fastballs and trying to induce fly balls into the wind, Lynn gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in 2/1-3 innings.