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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. North Korea said the atomic test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats, and said it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if Washington maintains its hostility.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and the Minnesota Wild got their first road victory of the season with a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. With each team having scored once in the shootout, Koivu sped in on Leland Irving and made a sharp move to his forehand to beat the Flames goaltender. Alex Tanguay was then stopped by the pad of Niklas Backstrom, sending the Flames to their eighth straight shootout defeat.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have remade their rotation after a rough time last season and they’ll have at least three new guys in the five-man group. The real solution is probably a few years away.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano reported to spring training camp Monday, but it will be at least another month before he throws his first pitch. Liriano, who throws with his left hand, will spend the next four weeks rehabilitating the broken humerus in his right arm. He likely won’t be ready to make his regular-season debut until early May. “It’s coming along pretty good,” Liriano said. “I’m going to take it one day at a time and see how it feels over the next couple of weeks.”
CLEVELAND — Luke Ridnour scored 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 13 and 10 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped an eight-game road losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-92 on Monday night. Ridnour dropped a critical 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the banged-up Timberwolves, who hadn’t won on the road since Jan. 3 — star center Kevin Love’s last game before he was lost indefinitely with a broken hand. Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota ended a four-game losing streak and improved to just 4-16 since losing Love.
The Big Ten may well be the best league in the nation. It has certainly been one of the most fun to watch this season. The depth of the conference — which has three top 10 teams, five in the Top 25 and eight with at least 15 wins — has led to dozens of high-profile matchups and the most entertaining season in recent memory. It’s all whetted the appetite for what should be a fascinating stretch run. “There’s a buzz. You stop at the grocery store or fill up your car with gas, everybody is talking about it.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches say they have reservations about loosened NCAA recruiting rules that would allow unlimited contact between recruiters and high school players. The NCAA Board of Directors in January approved rulebook revisions that, among other things, remove limits on the number of phone calls and text messages to prospective recruits. The eased restrictions are set to begin July 1.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday. The Federal Trade Commission study also said that 5 percent of the consumers identified errors in their reports that could lead to them paying more for mortgages, auto loans or other financial products.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gasoline prices leveled off in the Northeast, as the region's drivers hopped back in their cars after digging them out of huge snow banks over the weekend. Pump prices fell slightly in New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut while holding steady in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. A massive winter storm walloped the region with up to 3 feet of snow.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State transportation officials are opening some western Minnesota highways that were closed due to the snow storm. Highway 10 between Moorhead and Audubon reopened Monday, as well as Highway 210 between Fergus Falls and Breckenridge. Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Moorhead remains closed as crews work to remove semis that slipped off the road. The State Patrol handled 326 crashes since Sunday morning, including 42 that involved injuries.