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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A gunman who opened fire on shoppers at a Portland mall had no connection to the two people he fatally shot and wanted to kill as many people as possible, police said Wednesday. The shooter, who wore a mask, was a young man who fired randomly, investigators said. The only person wounded was a young woman, Kristina Shevchenko, whose age could not be confirmed. She was in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day. Their stalemate triggers sharp tax increases and spending cuts. Those measures shrink consumer spending, stifle job growth, topple stock prices and push the economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession. The reality may be a lot less bleak.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI hit the 1 million Twitter follower mark on Wednesday as he sent his first tweet from his new account. In perhaps the most drawn out Twitter launch ever, the 85-year-old Benedict pushed the button on a tablet brought to him at the end of his general audience Wednesday. "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," his inaugural tweet read.
WILLMAR — Zech Streed netted two goals and Hunter Schneider piled up three points with a goal and two assists for Willmar, but the Cardinals were swept away by the Storm of Sauk Rapids Tuesday in a 7-3 Central Lakes Conference loss. Sauk Rapid’s 2-2-1 record includes a 6-1 win over Sartell and a 13-0 loss to Hermantown, the 2012 Class A runners-up to St. Thomas Academy. The Storm scored three goals in a span of four minutes midway through the first period to take control. The visitors then tacked on two goals in each of the second and third periods.
CLARA CITY — Dawson-Boyd blew out of the gate in the second half, scoring 44 points and erasing a 13-point halftime deficit in a 63-51 Camden Conference win over MACCRAY on Tuesday. Both teams are 2-1 after the Blackjacks’ victory. D-B’s Nathaniel Huot hit three 3-point shots and finished with a game-high 25 points. Joey Lee scored 15 points, Michael Lee had 9 and Noah Stelter hit two 3-pointers and finished with 8 points. MACCRAY’s Carter Asche scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds, and Cody Boonstra 12 points.
By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Rodney Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Trevor Mbakwe grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 on Tuesday night. Mbakwe added 14 points and Andre Hollins had 11 for the Gophers (11-1), who have won 16 straight games in this series, last losing in 1936.
NEW ORLEANS — Finding fault with nearly everyone tied to the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case, from the coaches to Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue tossed out the suspensions of four players Tuesday and condemned the team for obstructing the investigation.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A gunman opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall tonight, killing two people and wounding another as people were doing their Christmas shopping, authorities said. Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and a white mask shot an initial burst of fire and then more rounds at Clackamas Town Center. Shoppers tried to find safe areas as teams of police officers began entering the mall to find the shooter.
CHICAGO (AP) — In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal - and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club. Tagliabue, however, found that three of the players engaged in conduct detrimental to the league. He said they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays - including hard tackles - that could merit fines. But he stressed that the team's coaches were very much involved.