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MINNEAPOLIS - A suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student by creating an online ad and taking her to see potential customers, pocketing $60 in one case. Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, faces felony charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, marking a significant shakeup to the White House foreign policy team. A White House official confirmed the personnel changes Wednesday morning ahead of a planned announcement by the president later in the day. Donilon has been a key foreign policy adviser to Obama since he first took office.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - University of Minnesota experts are working to prevent the further spread of a swine virus that was first confirmed in the United States last month. Dr. Montserrat Torremorell (MONT'-ser-rat TOR'-reh-mor-el) says it's not clear how the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was introduced to the U.S.
DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s decision time for many Midwest corn farmers stuck in one of the wettest springs ever: Plant late in ground that’s been too wet, replant corn in muddy fields or collect crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 91 percent of the nation’s corn crop is in the ground but just 74 percent of the plants have emerged.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ryan Doumit homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 3-0 victory and the Kansas City Royals to their franchise-record 11th straight home loss. Samuel Deduno (2-1) allowed four hits over six-plus innings for the Twins, who have rebounded nicely from a 10-game losing streak to win eight of 10.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mark Ritchie, the Minnesota secretary of state and elections chief who steered the state through contentious back-to-back recounts including U.S. Sen. Al Franken's slim victory over Republican Norm Coleman, said Tuesday that he will not run for a third term next year. Ritchie, a Democrat, said in a news release that he'll leave office when his current term is done at the end of 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military leaders said Tuesday that sexual assault in the ranks is "like a cancer" that could destroy the force, but they rejected far-reaching congressional efforts to strip commanders of some authority in meting out justice.
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.