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BY KYLE POTTER, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three construction firms are bidding to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, including one Minnesota company. Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, Hunt Construction of Arizona and Skanska of New York are angling to build the $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Bidding ended Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Asserting "America's possibilities are limitless," President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation's economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall. "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together," Obama said, moments after taking the oath of office on a crisp day in the nation's capital.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film “Mama” and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "our work begins today", President Barack Obama vowed to "finish what we started" four years ago as hundreds of thousands of inauguration-goers gathered on the historic National Mall in anticipation of his oath-taking for a second term. "Let's go," Obama tweeted Monday morning as he began the day of inaugural celebrations.
FARGO, N.D. — A Minnesota truck driver has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in a crash in the North Dakota city of Fargo that killed a motorcyclist. Authorities say 56-year-old James Toner of Long Prairie, Minn., drifted wide to the left with his rig so he could make a right-hand turn at an intersection last June. Twenty-nine-year-old motorcyclist Jason Viestenz of Fargo was trailing and collided with the rig. He died and his 10-year-old son was injured.
MINNEAPOLIS - Just in time for the state's latest cold snap, a handful of statues of classic Minnesota Twins players outside Target Field will be outfitted with custom-knit sweaters, hats and scarves. A team spokesman says statues of Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek and Tony Oliva get their knitted goods Sunday afternoon. They were made by members of the Twin Cities' active knitting community, and are adorned with the TwinsFest 2013 logo to help publicize that annual event the following weekend.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Zach Parise scored his first goal with the Wild and Josh Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Minnesota beat the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Sunday. Parise notched his third point with the Wild a night after getting two assists in Minnesota’s season-opening win against Colorado. Parise’s first goal of the season came at 8:11 of the first period just as a 4-on-3 advantage for the Wild expired. He one-timed a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard past Cristopher Nilstorp from the slot.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship. The win sets up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim. The 49ers won the NFC title earlier Sunday 28-24 at Atlanta. The 49ers have been listed as 5-point favorites.
ATLANTA (AP) — The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense. The San Francisco 49ers are ready to start a new dynasty with a familiar formula. Next stop, the Big Easy. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore led San Francisco to a record comeback in the NFC championship game Sunday, overcoming an early 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1995.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said.