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MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Mbakwe’s last home game for Minnesota was supposed to be two years ago. The occasion has finally arrived, though, and it’s only fitting that Rodney Williams will share the sure-to-be-emotional experience with him. “I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, but it’s always been good to be here in front of our home crowd. I’m going to miss it,” Williams said the day before the Gophers were to host Penn State.
ST. PAUL — In a turnabout, Minnesota gun rights advocates are lining up modest revisions to the state’s gun laws as a way to fend off more serious restrictions and give lawmakers the chance to make some progress on a politically charged issue.
WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have acquired center Janel McCarville, the former college teammate of star point guard Lindsay Whalen. The trade was completed Friday. The Lynx gave up shooting guard Candice Wiggins, their top reserve who was a restricted free agent. Wiggins went to Tulsa in a sign-and-trade deal. The Lynx also gained a 2014 second-round draft pick from the Shock.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) -- A sinkhole 20 feet across and 20 feet deep opened up under a man's bedroom and swallowed him up without a trace, taking his bed, TV set and dresser, too, as he screamed for help. Jeff Bush, 37, was presumed dead after the concrete floor caved in about 11 p.m. Thursday as everyone in the house was turning in for the night. It gave way with a loud crash that brought his brother running.
The Vatican took the first steps of governing a Catholic Church without a pope on Friday, making some ceremonial and practical moves to formalize the end of one pontificate and prepare for the conclave to start the next. By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican took the first steps of governing a Catholic Church without a pope on Friday, making some ceremonial and practical moves to formalize the end of one pontificate and prepare for the conclave to start the next.
One small-town Minnesota school district is taking a unique approach to keeping students safe: The police are moving in. By Amy Forliti, Associated Press JORDAN, Minn. (AP) — One small-town Minnesota school district is taking a unique approach to keeping students safe: The police are moving in.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states dipped last month, suggesting only slow growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 53.1 in February, compared with 53.2 in January and 49.5 in December. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the region's manufacturing sector “continues to restrain overall growth for the region and nation.”
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As news spread that Joe Mauer and his wife are expecting twins in August, the All-Star catcher had two hits with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Thursday. Mauer said he and his family have known for a while about his impending fatherhood. He used the word “blessing” several times in describing his emotions to the media.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dany Heatley scored two goals and the Minnesota Wild used a rare offensive outburst to hold off the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 Thursday night. Jason Zucker scored 1:35 into the game on Minnesota’s first shot and Heatley added one late in the period on its third. Heatley scored again in the second and Jared Spurgeon added his first goal in more than a year to put the Wild up 4-1.