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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs.
BANGKOK (AP) -- Oil prices staged a moderate rebound Friday, a day after their sharpest drop in more than seven months.
STONEHENGE, England (AP) -- Police say more than 20,000 celebrants have gathered at the famed Stonehenge monument to mark the summer solstice. The cloud cover Friday morning prevented bright sunshine at dawn of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere but a joyous spirit prevailed. Police say there were fewer arrests than usual with 22 people taken into custody, most for drug-related offenses.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Adrian Peterson was inside working out while the Minnesota Vikings went through minicamp on a warm Wednesday afternoon. Any time the NFL MVP is absent from drills, no matter how deep they are in the offseason, there’s an unmistakably missing presence even with 89 other players on the roster and dozens of coaches and staffers surrounding the practice fields at Winter Park. But this is precisely when the Vikings believe they can spare the time for Peterson to rest.
MIAMI — LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins flexed some muscle for their first three-game sweep of the season. The Chicago White Sox were easily overpowered in this lopsided series. Brian Dozier’s two-run homer was one of a career-high four long balls hit off John Danks, and the Twins beat the White Sox 8-4 on Thursday. “It always helps a lot when you’ve got everybody hitting in the lineup,” said Dozier, who homered for the third time in his last four games.
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) -- After most of the world's population is wiped off the map by a wayward meteorite or hail of nuclear missiles, the survival of the human race might just depend on a few thousand people huddled in recreational vehicles deep in the bowels of an eastern Kansas mine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by 18,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Despite the gain, the level remains consistent with moderate job growth.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair will offer more than 20 new attractions and exhibits for the 2013 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Thrill-seekers will find four new rides, including "Air Raid," which takes riders on an acrobatic flight in all directions including upside down, and Riptide, a rollercoaster that ends with a spiral helix grand finale. The Department of Natural Resources has completely renovated its indoor fish exhibit, installing five larger aquariums showing fish in their native Minnesota habitat.
ARLINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Sibley County farmer has scientific confirmation that the object he dug up while plowing his fields is no ordinary rock. Bruce Lillenthal saves unique rocks he finds in his fields and piles them near the driveway of his farm near Arlington. Curiosity about one particular rock he found two years ago finally got the best of Lillenthal's wife, Nelva. The couple recently took the 33-pound object to the curator of meteorites at the University of Minnesota in St.