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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect.
CINCINNATI - A jury found an Ohio archdiocese discriminated against a teacher fired after becoming pregnant via artificial insemination, leaving legal experts expecting an appeal they say could have a much wider legal impact. Christa Dias, who was fired from two schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in October 2010, was awarded more than $170,000 Monday after winning her federal anti-discrimination lawsuit against the archdiocese. Dias' attorney, Robert Klingler, argued she was fired simply because she was pregnant and unm
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Authorities say a teenager has drowned in the Niagara River in Buffalo while trying to save his 7-year-old sister after she slipped into the water. Local media outlets report that the 17-year-old boy jumped into the river Monday afternoon as his younger sister was being carried away by the swift current off an island in the river. The teen managed to get the girl to shore, where two older sisters were standing, but he was swept downriver.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Prep Bowl will be played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus in 2014. In a break from tradition, all seven state high school football title games that year will be played a week before Thanksgiving. The dates and location were approved Monday at the Minnesota State High School League board meeting. The Star Tribune ( http://bit.ly/18Ju1HU ) reports the seven championship games in 2014 will be held Nov. 21-22.
MIAMI — Their season, their legacy, their reign atop the NBA was all at stake, and the Miami Heat responded to all of that in a manner befitting champions. With a blowout. It’s onto the NBA Finals for the Heat after they put away the Indiana Pacers, who saw their hopes of a storybook upset simply fall apart in a hurry. LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, ailing Dwyane Wade matched his postseason high with 21 points, and the Heat ran away from the Pacers 99-76 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.
EDEN PRAIRIE — An eventful, productive 10-year career with Minnesota for Kevin Williams has taken a sharp turn toward a final chapter. First, the Vikings forced him to take a pay cut. Then they drafted his probable replacement with one of their three first-round picks in April. Williams didn’t get to be a six-time Pro Bowl pick by being a pushover. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle doesn’t plan to meekly fade away. “If we can bring a young guy to help us win and he just so happens to play my position, so be it,” Williams said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Big Ten grows to 14 teams, the conference’s longtime football powers will literally be out of Minnesota’s half of the league. But the Gophers didn’t get any breaks on the upcoming schedules. In 2014 and 2015, when Maryland and Rutgers are added to the East, teams will only play two out-of-division opponents.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in April despite weakness in residential projects and government spending.
ST. PAUL — With just four months to go before Minnesota's new health insurance exchange goes live, it remains to be seen how many choices consumers will get. The names of companies that will offer competing plans via MNsure have not been announced. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports three health insurance companies say they've decided not to compete in portions of the new Minnesota marketplace, at least for policies that cover 2014.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The next time a flight attendant reminds you there's no smoking or you witness a teenager getting carded at a liquor store, think of Frank Lautenberg. The Democratic senator from New Jersey left his mark on the everyday lives of millions of Americans, whether they know it or not. In the 1980s, he was a driving force behind the laws that banned smoking on most U.S.