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WASHINGTON — Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe is "imminent," members of North Dakota's Congressional delegation said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him Tuesday he has directed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the pipeline. Hoeven released the statement after meeting with Speer and Vice President Mike Pence. Hoeven spokesman Don Canton said the easement is expected within days.
BAUDETTE, Minn. - One person is dead after a fatal car-versus-pedestrian accident in northwest Minnesota. A man was driving in a car 12 miles north of Baudette Sunday night, Jan. 29. The driver saw a person kneeling on the road and tried to swerve out of the way but hit the person, Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement. The victim's name has not been released and the driver was not hurt.
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. - Two people were injured and a house was significantly damaged when a bus crashed into a house in Columbia Heights late Friday afternoon. Fire Chief Gary Gorman said the owner of the house was sitting in his living room around 5 p.m. Friday when the Anoka County Traveler bus, operated by First Transit, crashed into the house.
ROLLA, N.D.—Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery was fatally shot and three other deputies are on paid administrative leave after a vehicle chase turned deadly Wednesday, Jan. 18. Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud said Allery, 29, had been working with the department for about three months. He previously worked for the Rolla Police Department and as a tribal police officer before joining the Sheriff's Department.
VINELAND — A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.
LOS ANGELES -- Fox News settled claims of sexual harassment by a longtime employee against Bill O'Reilly, shortly after the network's chairman, Roger Ailes, was removed from his post as he faced similar allegations, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. According to the Times, the employee, Juliet Huddy, claimed that O'Reilly sought sexual relations with her, and set out to hurt her career when she refused his advances. The Times obtained a draft of a letter that was sent from her lawyers to Fox News.
Roughly 11.5 million people signed up for individual health plan coverage under U.S. President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, an increase of 286,000 from a year earlier, according to government figures released on Tuesday.
ST. PAUL — Two more deer suspected of having chronic wasting disease have been found in Fillmore County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday, Jan. 10. The DNR received preliminary test results Jan 6. Final results are expected later this week. The two adult female deer were killed within a mile of the first two positive deer.
The morning after Monday's single-car crash that sent him sailing off the Blatnik Bridge, Mark Anderson was already walking, however gingerly, down the intensive care hallway outside his room. "It's a miracle he's alive," said his longtime girlfriend, Connie Everett, who was by Anderson's side in a room at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center's Neuro and Trauma Intensive Care Unit in Duluth on Tuesday.
CHICAGO -- Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he would chair a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's request, drawing fierce criticism from vaccine experts who fear such a panel would give credence to debunked theories tying childhood immunizations to autism.