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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor who entered the public eye after he was wounded in a courthouse shooting a year ago has been accused of an improper relationship with a teenage girl. Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stay away from the girl, now 17, and her parents after the parents sought a restraining order.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — From Notre Dame's unbeaten regular season to college football's biggest awards, Manti Te'o just keeps winning. Now the linebacker needs two more victories to cap an unforgettable senior season. Te'o was honored three times at the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday night at Disney World, including the Maxwell Award for the nation's most outstanding player.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season. The deal was worked out Thursday at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. The 31-year-old Burton had five saves and a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings with 16 walks and 55 strikeouts in 2012, his first season with the Twins. Burton became the primary eighth-inning setup man for closer Glen Perkins. Burton previously pitched for the Cincinnati Reds.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday downplayed the sluggish start of a statewide gambling initiative being counted on to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, saying doesn’t plan to redo the financing package during the upcoming legislative session.
EDEN PRAIRIE — The decision by the Minnesota Vikings to place Percy Harvin on season-ending injured reserve, coach Leslie Frazier said, was based “purely” on his slow-healing sprained left ankle and not any issue with a uniquely valuable player who has had clashes with the team.
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Investigators scoured a rural wildlife area in northeastern Iowa for clues Thursday after hunters found dead bodies believed to be those of two young cousins who vanished in July.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up this week just slightly above their record lows, keeping home-buying and refinancing attractive to consumers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan ticked up to 3.34 percent, above last week's rate of 3.32 percent. Two weeks ago, the rate dipped to 3.31 percent, the lowest on records dating to 1971.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. has serious concerns that Syria is thinking of using its chemical weapons. Panetta did not say what new intelligence information he has about the intentions of President Bashar Assad. But the defense secretary said it's enough to raise U.S. fears that the use of chemical weapons "is being considered" by Syria. Other U.S. officials said this week that intelligence agencies have detected that Assad's government has been preparing its chemical weapons stockpiles for possible use.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Cold Spring police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered Wednesday as a hero, doting husband and father, and a man who loved serving and protecting the public. “You are my hero. You are our hero,” Officer Tom Decker’s brother, Eddie Decker, said during Wednesday’s funeral service at St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a favorite among tea party activists, said Thursday he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative national think tank. The South Carolina politician said in a statement he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation. His office said he would take the new job effective Jan. 1. The 61-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2004. He previously served in the U.S. House for three terms.