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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is embarking this week on his latest overseas trade trip with stops planned in Germany, Sweden and Norway. Dayton will be gone this Wednesday through Friday of the following week. The delegation of 35 people from the public and private sectors has meetings planned with counterparts in the three countries that are key export markets for Minnesota. Germany, for instance, is Minnesota's fifth-largest export destination.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Minnesota to launch a new pilot project offering farmers incentives to take steps to reduce water pollution from their operations. The USDA describes the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as the first of its type in the nation. It's the product of an agreement Vilsack signed with Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2012, the work of an advisory committee that delivered its recommendations last November, and a series of public listening sessions held across the state in February.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals made manager Davey Johnson’s “fun day” even better Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins to complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. Desmond’s drive to left-center completed a comeback from a three-run deficit — making it the Nationals’ biggest come-from-behind victory of the season — and pulled Washington back to .500 after a 3-2 homestand. Jordan Zimmermann dominated the first game, allowing two hits over seven innings in a 7-0 win that followed a Nationals t
MIAMI — Back with a blowout, and no, the Miami Heat didn’t need LeBron James to do more. Not when Mario Chalmers and everyone else did everything right. Chalmers led the charge, James broke out to finish it with a flurry and the Heat used a 33-5 run to blow away the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 on Sunday night to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece. James missed 10 of his first 13 shots and the Heat trailed by a point late in the third quarter before unleashing the lethal brand of basketball that led them to a franchise-record 66 wins this sea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A 29-year-old contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government.
MADISON, Minn. (AP) — A woman and a girl have died after a boat overturned on Lac qui Parle lake, sending its occupants into the water. KARE-TV reports ( http://kare11.tv/18jwmfU ) the boat flipped over Saturday afternoon near Boyd's Landing. The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office says authorities pulled three people from the water. A man and a girl were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson. A woman was taken to the Chippewa County Hospital in Montevideo. The girl and woman were both pronounced dead at the hospitals. Authorities are investigating.
BOONE, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities planned to conduct an autopsy Saturday on a body found in a river that is believed to be that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted more than two weeks ago. Investigators are confident that the body a fisherman found Friday night in the Des Moines River near Boone is that of Kathlynn Shepard, who was abducted in Dayton, about 20 miles north of Boone, on May 20 along with a 12-year-old girl who later escaped and called 911.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- The gunman, dressed all in black and carrying a semi-automatic rifle, walked calmly through the Santa Monica College campus after killing his father, brother at their home and another man near the school, authorities said. He would kill a woman outside the library moments later, before dying from police gunfire.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For years, top officials of the Bush and Obama administrations dismissed fears about secret government data-mining by reassuring Congress that there were no secret nets trawling for Americans' phone and Internet records.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Davey Johnson got what he wanted, a second consecutive rainout to give his battered team an extra day to heal. Maybe the mental break will turn out to be the catalyst the Nationals have been seeking. Certainly, nothing else has worked so far. The preseason NL East favorite remained one game below .500 Friday, when a series opener against the Minnesota Twins was postponed as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea moved north.