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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A compound found in anti-bacterial soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and other products is increasing in Minnesota lakes and rivers, according to research by the University of Minnesota. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, said triclosan is being found more often in Minnesota waters. University scientists and researchers from the Science Museum of Minnesota's St. Croix Watershed Research Station studied sediment from eight lakes of various sizes.
BY JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A shooting on a Texas community college campus wounded three people Tuesday and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said. Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said authorities had detained a person of interest. He did not provide any details about the people who were wounded, such as whether they were students or included the person who was arrested.
NEW YORK (AP) — The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her. Diane O'Meara told NBC's “Today” show Tuesday that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. Te'o asserts he was tricked into an online romance with Kekua and, until last week, believed she died of leukemia in September.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area community college went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon amid reports of a shooter on campus. Lone Star College System issued an alert on its website Tuesday telling students and faculty on its Houston-area campus in north Harris County to take immediate shelter or avoid the campus. College spokesman Jed Young said it had received reports of a shooter.
BY BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Months in the making, Gov. Mark Dayton's two-year state budget plan is set to be released Tuesday and will likely rely heavily on tax increases to solve a projected $1.1 billion deficit and boost spending on his other priority programs.
MINNEAPOLIS - Delta says its fourth-quarter profit was nearly wiped out by Superstorm Sandy and special charges. Delta recorded a profit of $7 million for the quarter, or a penny...
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families plan to attend a prayer service Tuesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral. The 106-year-old Episcopal church has long hosted presidential inaugural services. It was also the site of funerals for former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jannero Pargo hopes he’ll be spending the rest of the season with the Atlanta Hawks. Maybe after his 10-day contract expires, Pargo will get his wish. “I would rather have been here from the beginning of the year, but I love this team,” he said. “It’s a great team, a great group of guys. It’s like I never left.” Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points, Pargo had 16 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game slide with a 104-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota high school wrestler had his moment in the spotlight cut short when the lighting fixture crashed down on him during a match. Michael McComish, a Madison High School senior, received stitches after the accident that happened about 50 seconds into his match with an opponent from Chamberlain High School. Madison High School athletic director Bud Postma said it was a scary moment for everyone gathered in the Madison Middle School gym, where the tournament took place.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, the Education Department said in a new study. Officials said the steady rise of students completing their education is a reflection of the struggling economy and a greater competition for new jobs. “If you drop out of high school, how many good jobs are there out there for you? None. That wasn’t true 10 or 15 years ago,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in an interview with The Associated Press.