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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police have issued an Amber Alert and are looking for a suspect in the reported abduction of an 8-month-old boy. The mother told police she left Carlos Orozco in his car seat in her apartment in the 2100 block of Portland Avenue South while she took a shower around noon Wednesday. He was gone when she got out.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A police detective testified at Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing Wednesday that authorities have not found any inconsistencies in the star athlete's description of his shooting of his girlfriend - a killing Pistorius says was accidental but which prosecutors call murder.
Office Depot Inc. said Wednesday it agreed to buy OfficeMax in an all-stock deal that would transform office supply retail sector. Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot Inc. and Naperville, Ill.-based OfficeMax said holders of OfficeMax shares will receive 2.69 shares of Office Depot for every OfficeMax share they own. That's equal to about $13.50 per share, based on Office Depot's $5.02 per share closing price Tuesday, giving the deal a total value of about $1.2 billion. OfficeMax had about 86.7 million shares outstanding as of Oct. 26, according to SEC filings.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama and Democrats are "eight to 10 years ahead" of the Republican Party in understanding the rapidly changing face of the American electorate. Gingrich tells "CBS This Morning" that GOP strategists have failed to respond effectively to the new demographic landscape.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Vance Worley managed to become a fan favorite in Philadelphia despite pitching on a staff that included Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Now with the Minnesota Twins, the 25-year-old Californian will have a chance to stand out again. In fact, he could end up being the team’s opening day starter. “It means a lot. It means they trust me to come over from another organization, one,” Worley said. “But two, to take the ball on Game 1 — that’s big. That means you mean something to the organization.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — February has mostly been a month to forget for Minnesota under coach Tubby Smith. The loss at Iowa on Sunday for the Gophers was their 16th defeat in 20 games in February over the past three years. This season, they’ve dropped seven of their past 10 games and face a tough trip to 18th-ranked Ohio State on Wednesday. The Gophers (18-8, 6-7 Big Ten) have beaten the Buckeyes in Columbus only once (2005) in their past 11 games there.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first time Derrick Williams saw his name appear in trade rumors, it stung him a little bit. The former No. 2 overall draft choice had barely been in Minnesota long enough to find himself a winter coat when the first chatter about the Timberwolves moving him surfaced. Now just 21 years old and not even finished with his second full season, Williams has become a grizzled veteran at handling the uncertainty that comes with trade talk in the NBA.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding it is believed that an accident by a utility contractor may have caused the blast. City Manager Troy Schulte said he did not know of anyone being reported missing and had not heard of any fatalities.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius told a packed courtroom Tuesday that he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. The prosecutor called it premeditated murder. The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door. Then, Pistorius said in the sworn statement, he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed.
WASHINGTON — With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be? It’s been a joke among skeptics, pointing to what seems to be a brazen contradiction.