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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Though coaching changes have been infrequent in Minnesota Twins history, a second straight last-place finish precipitated a shakeup on the staff last fall. When spring training starts next week, manager Ron Gardenhire — who returned for the final year of his contract — will have only pitching coach Rick Anderson back in the same role as before. The players on the field always have the biggest impact how a team fares, but the Twins are counting on some fresh perspective and insight from these new assistants to help spark a turnaround.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering non-teaching faculty who work at Minnesota’s seven state universities. The agreement was announced Tuesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty. The proposed contract would cover the two-year period ending June 30, 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gas pump prices rose again Tuesday, bringing the increase for the year to about a quarter a gallon. Oil gained slightly. Benchmark oil for March delivery rose 47 cents to finish at $96.64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude dropped by $1.60 to finish at $96.17 a barrel on Monday, the biggest drop of the year so far. Brent crude, the benchmark used to set prices for oil used by many U.S. refineries, gained 92 cents to end at $116.52 per barrel in London on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Growth at U.S. service companies slowed slightly in January behind weaker new orders and business activity. But hiring improved, a bright sign for the economy. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January. That's down from 55.7 in December, which was the highest level in nearly a year. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An unclassified Justice Department memo reveals that the Obama administration's justification for drone strikes that kill al-Qaida linked U.S. citizens abroad is based on a much broader definition of whether they pose an imminent threat than was previously known. The government does not need information that a specific attack is imminent, the document says, only that the targeted suspect is involved in ongoing plotting against the United States.
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn crashed during the super-G Tuesday and was taken to a hospital by helicopter after apparently hurting her right knee at the world championships. The...
NEW YORK (AP) — With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy plans to capitalize on what could be a buyer's market for wind energy this year. The Minneapolis-based utility has told regulators in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas that it will look for up to 200 megawatts of wind power by April 1. The federal tax credit for wind production has been extended to next January.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 1/2 years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to data Tuesday from CoreLogic, a real estate data provider. That is the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- While authorities investigate the causes of the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout, documents show that Superdome officials were worried last fall about losing power at the big game. Tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed decay and "a chance of failure," state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15. Also, the utility that supplied the stadium with power expressed concern about the reliability of the service before the NFL championship.