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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 per share. During the same period last year it earned $425 million, or 51 cents per share. Delta says that without special items it would have earned $238 million, or 28 cents per share. Revenue rose 2 percent to $8.6 billion. Both its adjusted profit and its revenue were slightly better than expected by analysts surveyed by FactSet.
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.
BY BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Milky Way candy bars are taxed in Minnesota, but Twix bars — because of their flour content — are not. An Elvis album bought from a record store is automatically taxed, but one downloaded from the Internet isn't. Shoppers pay tax on presidential biographies and tap-dance shoes, but not history class textbooks or wing-tips.
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.