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WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress don’t usually fight for tax increases, especially ones that are part of President Obama’s health care law. But GOP senators balked when Democrats proposed delaying a new temporary fee on everyone covered by health insurance. So employers, insurance companies and other health plan sponsors are in line to pay $63 a person next year for everyone who has coverage.
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford's 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Calvin Johnson's 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise — some of them appeared to expect him to spike the ball.
MINNEAPOLIS — Christian Ponder has come full circle for the Minnesota Vikings, though the arc has not been smooth. His first career start was at home against Green Bay.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With their eyes on the budget and tight construction schedule, key players behind the Minnesota Vikings stadium project said Friday they are entering a critical month that will determine what amenities they'll be able to afford.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota, the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Minnesota couple was escorted down a steep and icy mountain in Alaska after calling for help. Alaska State Troopers say 35-year-old Edwin H. Lee and 28-year-old Sarah E.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Five people were injured on a carnival ride known for its wild twirls and flips at the North Carolina State Fair, and officials were trying to determine Friday exactly what caused the accident. A preliminary investigation indicates that passengers may have been injured when the "Vortex" ride started up again as they were getting off, about 9:17 p.m.
ST. PAUL (AP) — Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota with the first two shots of the season against Carolina fill-in goalie Justin Peters, and the Wild beat the Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night despite losing their own starting goalie to injury. Cam Ward was hurt just 4:07 into the game, an unspecified lower-body injury that forced the Hurricanes to send Peters in cold.
By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE — Adrian Peterson carried the ball only 23 times in Minnesota’s last two games. He didn’t complain to the coaches this week about the play calls, though. “I don’t think I had to,” Peterson said. Yes, the Vikings already knew. No matter the situations, the score or the lack of space Peterson was finding in the defense, that wasn’t nearly enough attempts for their All-Pro running back.
WASHINGTON — The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s health care Web site on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the House of Representatives and a private session with insurance company executives to discuss efforts to fix the Healthcare.gov website. Republican critics in Congress demanded a delay in a requirement of the healthcare law that uninsured Americans must purchase insurance