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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings emerged from the first phase of free agency and then the draft, still missing a starting linebacker. Then the Green Bay Packers let Desmond Bishop go, and the solution seemed so obvious. The Vikings announced Thursday the signing of Bishop to a one-year contract, three days after he agreed to terms on his deal.
MINNEAPOLIS — Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings and one of Justin Morneau’s two doubles drove in Minnesota’s first run, sending the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Deduno (4-2) gave up only five hits and, more importantly, one walk. He struck out three and let only eight fair balls leave the infield.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night, then shipped him to the Utah Jazz for pick Nos. 14 and 21, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The Jazz took UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad at No. 14 for Minnesota, giving the Timberwolves some size on the perimeter that they have been searching for to put next to point guard Ricky Rubio.
The Utah Jazz have drafted UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Jazz are sending Muhammad and the 21st overall pick to Minnesota for Michigan point guard Trey Burke. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. The Timberwolves took Burke with the ninth overall selection as part of the deal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico. The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack Obama's second-term domestic agenda.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage surged this week to 4.46 percent, the highest in two years.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years, a sign home sales will probably rise in the months ahead.
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and many of the charges carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was indicted on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death.
BRITT, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska subsidiary of a Minnesota food company has bought egg processing plants in Iowa and Minnesota. The sale of Primera Foods Corp. to M.G. Waldbaum Co., of Wakefield, Neb., is expected to be completed Thursday. M.G.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers spent more in May as their income increased, encouraging signs after a slow start to the year.