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ANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling. Authorities in Lansing were bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final votes on bills. Hundreds of people gathered early Tuesday to get inside.
HOOKSET, N.H. (AP) -- Fear and frustration course through the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli, a popular outpost 500 miles from where Washington is again locked in tense negotiations over taxes and spending as a critical deadline looms.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doug Mientkiewicz will begin his first year as manager of the Minnesota Twins Single-A affiliate Ft. Myers Miracle of the Florida State League, the organization announced Monday. Mientkiewicz played 12 seasons in the major leagues, including parts of seven seasons with the Twins from 1998-2004 in which he hit .275 in 643 games. He also won a Gold Glove in 2001. Mientkiewicz comes to the Miracle from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, where he was the hitting coach for the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League in 2012.
By Jon Krawczynski, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS — The minutes have come and gone for Derrick Williams this season. Truthfully, they’ve been mostly gone for almost a month now. The former No. 2 overall draft pick doesn’t pout or whine behind the scenes. He just keeps working in hopes that his chance will come with the Minnesota Timberwolves sooner rather than later. “Just try to keep working,” Williams said on Monday after practice. “Just because you’re not playing, you can’t stop working. Just pushing myself a little harder.”
By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings don’t have a secret to success, really, because their formula is so obvious. They used it again to beat the Chicago Bears and stay in the playoff chase. “We won the way we’re designed to win,” coach Leslie Frazier said after the 21-14 victory Sunday. “We talk all the time to our team about what Viking ball is, and today was a perfect example of it.”
By Jeff Kolpack, The Forum FARGO, N.D. — Instead of a Saturday afternoon showdown, it’s Friday night lights for the North Dakota State football team. It’s good for national exposure, but not so good for some fans and graduating seniors.
By Ira Podell, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players’ association isn’t reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Already, 422 regular-season games had been called off through Dec. 14 because of the lockout, and the latest cuts on Day 86 of the NHL shutdown claimed 104 more. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game were canceled earlier.
REDFORD, Mich. (AP) -- President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least this time the Metrodome roof stayed up. A slow-moving storm dropped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Upper Midwest, making roads treacherous or impassable and leading to at least one fatal crash.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers.