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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While preparing to run a draft room for the first time, new Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders has said on multiple occasions that the closer the draft gets, the more likely it is that teams fall in love with certain players, even in a down draft. It appears that player for Saunders is Indiana guard Victor Oladipo. The Timberwolves enter the draft on Thursday night with two first-round picks and two second-rounders and with a desperate need for perimeter scoring and defense at shooting guard.
MIAMI (AP) — A rare power surge from a pair of veterans lifted the Miami Marlins to their latest victory. Placido Polanco homered for the first time in more than a year and Jeff Mathis hit his first since last August, helping the Marlins overcome a three-run deficit in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. “That just shows you when you start playing better and guys continue to gain confidence, you have a lot of different contributors,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Police have charged Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with murder and weapons counts in connection with the slaying of a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. The charge was revealed Wednesday in Attleboro District Court after Hernandez was arrested at his sprawling North Attleborough home.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Brainerd businessman with a familiar family name is pushing ahead with a bid for Congress as a Republican in the recently competitive 8th District in northern Minnesota. Stewart Mills III, grandson of the founder of Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores, planned to file paperwork Wednesday to raise money toward a challenge to Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. He set two events in the district to lay out his campaign, including one at the site of a new store in the retail chain. Mills has been eyeing a campaign for months.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex unions in about a month's time.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
Update 10 a.m.: ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house. Less than two hours later, the Patriots announced they had released Hernandez. Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision was mostly because consumers spent less than previously estimated, a sign that higher taxes could be having a deeper impact on growth.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country.