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  • St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

    08/19/2014 11:30:11 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    Fox2Now.com ^ | 8/19/14 | KTVI
    Authorities are responding to a report of an officer involved shooting in north St. Louis. It happened just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mclaren and Riverview outside a market. Authorities say a man walked into a store and showed a knife.
  • 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck -- and it's still drinkable

    08/15/2014 5:24:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 8/15/14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe/
    A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdańsk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water. The chemical composition of the alcohol corresponds to that of the original brand of "Selters" water that is engraved...
  • Arrests Made in Mpls. Connected to Multimillion Dollar Cellphone Theft Ring

    08/12/2014 7:12:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Cassie Hart/AP
    Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for their connection to a worldwide crime ring involving stolen cell phones and identities, which was centered in the Twin Cities. Many cell phones were bought with stolen identities from Minnesotans and sold for profits of up to 1,000 percent in places like China, according to federal investigators. Twenty people were involved in the sale of potentially tens of thousands of stolen phones, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to officials. Some of the suspects appear to have a criminal history involving; theft, assault and using a fake name.
  • Ventura: Just Because She’s A Widow Doesn’t Mean She Can Profit From Slander

    08/05/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 118 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/5/14 | Pat Kessler
    Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura launched Tuesday a public relations campaign to explain why he filed the high-profile defamation suit he won last week. In a wide-ranging interview on WCCO Radio, and in an online video on Ora.tv, Ventura repeatedly said the lawsuit was not about the money; it was about clearing his name. “For me, it was always about the lie,” said Ventura, the former Navy SEAL and professional wrestler, who said he would have settled for an apology if the publishers of “American Sniper” admitted they fabricated a story about him. “All they did was offer money,” he...
  • Target takes a stand in support of same-sex marriage

    08/05/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/5/14 | Tom Webb
    Target finally threw its corporate weight behind marriage equality Tuesday, with the Minneapolis-based retailer joining an amicus brief in a court case. "We believe that everyone -- all of our team members and guests -- deserve to be treated equally," Target executive vice president Jodee Kozlak said in a statement posted on the corporate blog. Yet in recent years, Target's official position on same-sex marriage had been a case study of mixed signals, causing the discount chain a great deal of grief. During the heated 2012 marriage amendment fight in Minnesota, Target remained firmly on the sidelines -- and remained...
  • In St. Paul gas station, cop told, 'I'm gonna take your gun,' charges say

    08/04/2014 6:04:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/4/14 | Marino Eccher
    The man was 6-foot-4, weighed more than 300 pounds and wanted James Gray's gun, prosecutors say -- and he didn't ask nicely. It didn't take long for the St. Paul police sergeant to figure out "that things were going to break bad." It took Gray, two fellow officers and one vigorous wrestling match in a gas station to bring the suspect under control, according to court documents filed Monday. Anthony Michael Nickson, 49, of Hudson, Wis., was charged in Ramsey County District Court with five felonies -- three counts of terroristic threats and two of trying to disarm an officer....
  • CNN reporter bit 2 EMTs while in drunken rage: suit

    08/04/2014 5:09:03 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies
    NY Post/PageSix.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Julia Marsh and Leonard Greene
    CNN ​is being sued by two EMTs who say a foreign ​correspondent ​for the cable news network ​bit them​ ​in a drunken rage outside the US Embassy​ in Baghdad​. A​rwa Damon, described by the cable network as a senior international correspondent, was intoxicated and abusive to a medical team stationed on the grounds of the embassy...
  • Joe Soucheray: After trial victory, will Jesse do the right thing?

    08/02/2014 9:00:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/2/14 | Joe Soucheray
    We have been reminded of the one thing we knew with absolute certainty, that Jesse Ventura is a winner. He has been a professional wrestler, a mayor, a radio talk show host, the governor of the state, a television star, a best-selling author and even, for a brief spell, a Harvard professor, although a photo taken at his academic desk showed one Post-it note stuck to a blank computer screen. And now, Jesse Ventura has won again, probably as big a shock as his election win to the state's highest office in November 1998. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case...
  • Survivors Recall 35W Bridge Collapse 7 Years Later

    08/01/2014 6:55:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Joe Mazan
    The heartbreaking images are forever engrained in many of our minds. Friday marks the seventh anniversary of when the 35W Bridge came crashing down during the evening rush hour in 2007. A total of 13 people were killed and 145 were hurt. Ana Vences was one of 52 children on a school bus coming home from a field trip when the bridge collapsed. " I saw dust out of nowhere, then I feel like we flew and we all hit the ceiling of the bus and then we collapsed and landed somewhere." said Ana Vences. Every one of the children...
  • KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air

    08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    RBR.com ^ | 8/1/14 | cmarcucci
    The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. “The Jason Lewis Show” is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis’ show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channel’s KTLK. “He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1,” Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He decided...
  • Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face

    07/31/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Paul Walsh
    A 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy clung to life for days before dying after a suspected drunken driver, without a valid license, fled one crash on a north-metro highway and ran into the teen’s car down the road moments later, authorities said. SNIP On the Saturday before McCarthy died, Vanwagner posted photos of what was left of his vehicle on his Facebook page and wrote, “That’s her front end after I got done with her lol.” He signed that message with a smiley face.
  • Son 'did what had to be done,' kills man attacking mother in their N. Minn. home

    07/28/2014 6:41:38 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 49 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Paul Walsh
    A Twin Cities man, already bloodied from one home invasion in far northern Minnesota, repeated the crime down the highway minutes later and attacked a 72-year-old woman before the victim’s son stepped in — saying he “did what had to be done” — and fatally shot the suspect, authorities said Monday. The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. Saturday outside the house along Hwy. 53, roughly 4 miles east of Ray, Minn., according to the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m the son who did what had to be done,” said Brad Himes, 48, who came to the rescue of his mother,...
  • Police Seeking Suspect In Minneapolis Armed Robbery

    07/26/2014 5:21:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies
    WCCO ^ | 7/26/14 | WCCO Staff
    Police are looking for a suspect after a convenience store was held up at gunpoint Saturday morning, but the store owner also took his own action. Minneapolis Police responded to a report of an armed robbery just before 9 a.m. at the Handy Stop on the 2600 block of West Broadway Avenue. When officers arrived, they learned an armed suspect entered the store and attempted to rob it at gunpoint. Police said at some point, the suspect and the store owner exchanged gun fire. Nobody was hit as a result of the gun fire, and there were no injuries in...
  • Susan Sarandon reveals 1980s romance with David Bowie

    07/25/2014 9:40:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 54 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/25/14 | nick allen
    Susan Sarandon, the Hollywood actress, has disclosed she had a passionate love affair with David Bowie in the 1980s. Sarandon, 67, the star of Thelma & Louise, described the singer as "extraordinary" and "worth idolising."
  • Underpants bomber failed in mission to blow up airliner because...

    07/25/2014 6:32:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7/25/14 | James Rush
    The notorious underwear bomber's plot in 2009 to blow up a plane on Christmas Day failed because the explosives became 'degraded' after he wore the same pair of underpants for two weeks, according to a U.S. official. Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was on a suicide mission when he attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants as the plane, en route from Amsterdam, approached Detroit.
  • Feds: Minnesota Receives 173 (ILLEGAL) Immigrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:47:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/25/14 | KSTP/AP
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement on Thursday. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. "These children are leaving their countries as a matter of survival," said Jane Graupman, with the International Institute of Minnesota. "Their sibling has been murdered, their parents have been murdered, and so these children are desperate.
  • Fox News Anchor Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct At MSP

    07/25/2014 10:53:08 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/25/14 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Fox News weekend anchor pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct following after a May arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in which a police video showed he struggled with officers. Gregg Jarrett, 59, entered his plea by petition and didn’t appear in Hennepin County District Court.
  • Soldier Surprise: Mom Overjoyed on 5th Anniversary of Son's Death

    07/25/2014 10:35:12 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/24/14 | KSTP Staff
    They say life is full of surprises. Thursday afternoon, amidst the hustle and bustle of a downtown Minneapolis lunch hour, Jill Stephenson's surprise waited behind an SUV. When Erick Innis popped out, Stephenson was speechless. Innis isn't Jill's son, but he might as well be. In Afghanistan, Innis fought alongside Stephenson's actual son, Rosemount native and Army Ranger Ben Kopp. Innis and Kopp were best friends. When Kopp was shot by a sniper in July 2009, Innis carried him to the medivac. Weeks later, when Kopp was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Innis was there too.
  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in eastern Ukraine

    07/23/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/23/14 | FoxNews
    KIEV, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.
  • George Harrison memorial tree killed by... beetles

    07/22/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    USA Today ^ | 7/22/14 | USA Today/LA Times
    USA Today. No excerpts. Just title and link. http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/07/22/george-harrison-memorial-tree-killed-by-beetles/12985001/
  • If you like your AK-47, you can keep your AK-47

    07/22/2014 6:50:37 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    MarketWatch.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Dan Goldstein
    If you like your AK-47, you can keep your AK-47. That’s the message from the U.S. Treasury Department to U.S. gun owners. Despite slapping sanctions on the famed assault-rifle maker Kalashnikov last week, along with other Russian defense companies, in response to suspected Russian involvement in the shoot-down of the Malaysian jetliner over the Ukraine, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says U.S. owners of the weapons can still own them and resell them at gun shows so long as they don’t owe the parent company any money.
  • Witness: Ventura Said SEALs Deserved To Lose Men In Iraq

    07/16/2014 5:42:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Pat Kessler
    Defense lawyers in the Jesse Ventura defamation case rolled out a parade of witnesses Wednesday claiming Ventura got punched out in a California bar. That’s the claim in the best-selling war memoir “American Sniper” by the deceased author Chris Kyle. It’s about to be made into a movie. But the bar fight is a claim Ventura says never happened. For the last two days, Navy SEALs have claimed in court that they saw one part or another of the bar fight. Ventura, described in the book as “scruff face,” is accused of shooting off his mouth about the war and...
  • SEALs say Jesse Ventura hit the ground in bar incident

    07/15/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7//15/14 | RANDY FURST
    Tuesday’s witnesses at Jesse Ventura’s defamation trial stitched together a scene a California bar that ended with the former governor lying on his back. The latest witness in the case being heard in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, former SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Paul, said he saw a commotion, then saw Ventura get up from the patio floor and yell that he was going to kill Chris Kyle. Afterward, Paul said, “Chris told me, ‘Jesse was running his mouth and I punched him.’ ”
  • Witness Says She Saw Ventura Get Punched in Bar

    07/14/2014 5:56:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/14/14 | AP
    Laura deShazo of Salt Lake City testified Monday she was at the pub in Coronado California, the night when slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle said he punched a man he called "Scruff Face." Kyle later identified the man as Ventura. DeShazo said she was in the bar to attend the wake for a friend of Kyle's. While there, she, her sister and her brother's girlfriend poses for a picture with Ventura.
  • McCain wants ankle bracelets for those awaiting deportation hearings

    07/12/2014 7:03:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 52 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/12/14 | FoxNews/AP
    Arizona’s two Republican senators are set to introduce legislation next week to deal with unaccompanied children and others illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that includes ankle-bracelet monitors for those awaiting deportation hearings, an alternative to President Obama’s request for an additional $3.7 billion to help with the continuing surge of illegal immigrants. “Today we face a humanitarian crisis along our southern border,” said senior Sen. John McCain. “Congress must act to amend our immigration law and provide law enforcement the ability to return these children home as safely and expeditiously as possible.”
  • Riding and revolvers return: Mounted shooting event is back at Beltrami County Fairgrounds

    07/11/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    BemidjiPioneer.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Malachi Petersen
    BEMIDJI -- Guns will be drawn and shots will be fired this weekend, but it will all be in good fun. The Wild Rice Peacemakers, a cowboy mounted shooting club, will host the third annual Blackduck Dental Clinic Raid on the Gold Mine shooting competition this weekend at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. The two-day event will feature mounted shooting and cash prizes. The competition involves competitors on horseback riding through a course to shoot a total of 10 balloon targets. Participants must shoot five of the balloons with a revolver before drawing a second revolver to shoot remaining targets. Competitors...
  • Widow of 'American Sniper' Author: My Husband Doesn't Lie

    07/09/2014 11:27:38 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Jennie Olson / AP
    The defamation trial for former Gov. Jesse Ventura continues Wednesday with a videotaped deposition of the late author of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. Ventura claims Kyle defamed him in his autobiography by saying he knocked him down during a barroom incident in 2006 after Ventura allegedly made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. Kyle referred to the man he punched as "Scruff Face" in the book but acknowledged in later interviews he meant Ventura.
  • Albertville man shoots, kills black bear in yard (MN)

    07/03/2014 6:05:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/14 | Emma Nelson
    An Albertville man shot and killed a black bear that wandered into his yard Tuesday evening, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office got a call about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday from a resident of the 10000 block of 64th Street NE. in the northwest metro community, saying that a bear had come up to the sliding-glass door in the resident’s back yard. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the bear near another residence a few blocks away, on the other side of a park and wooded area. Then a gunshot sounded, and the deputy saw the bear run into...
  • Sources: Obama to nominate ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    06/29/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | 6,29/14 | Chad Pergram/AP
    President Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, sources confirm to Fox News.
  • Conan O'Brien Pays Back Taxes, Avoids Home Auction

    06/23/2014 7:39:53 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/23/14 | AP
    SNIP... O'Brien publicist Drew Shane issued a statement saying O'Brien had been unaware he owed back taxes. He blamed the problem on a clerical error that prevented the bill from reaching O'Brien's accountant in Los Angeles. SNIP...
  • Federal jury convicts Minnesota man of smuggling guns to Nigeria

    06/18/2014 3:40:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/14 | AP
    A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of smuggling arms to Nigeria and lying on firearms purchase records. Fifty-one-year-old Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed was convicted of one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. and 17 counts of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm.
  • Captured Benghazi Attack Suspect Won’t Be Sent to Guantanamo, White House Insists

    06/17/2014 3:54:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    ABCNEWS.com ^ | 6/17/14 | Arlette Saenz
    Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the captured suspect considered to be a “key figure” in the Benghazi, Libya, attack, will not be sent to Guantanamo, White House officials insisted today. “Abu Khatallah is currently in U.S. custody in a secure location outside the United States, and en route to the United States to face the charges against him,” National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement today. “Some have suggested that he should go to [Guantanamo Bay]. Let me rule that out from the start. The Administration’s policy is clear on this issue: we have not added a single person...
  • Lakeville (MN) Boy Scout scrubs gravestones for soldiers

    06/14/2014 7:29:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/14/14 | ERIN ADLER
    Garrett McKay dipped his brush in a bucket of water and began scrubbing the dirt from another bright white headstone, this one from a second lieutenant who served in World War I, dying in 1963. “I know in the winter the headstones do get very weathered,” he said, as the bristles removed grime caked into the engraved letters. “The ones under the trees are really pretty dirty.” Despite the Saturday morning drizzle, McKay and 20 friends and family members spent the morning at Fort Snelling National Cemetery cleaning the limestone graves of hundreds of soldiers, their wives and the occasional...
  • US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders

    06/11/2014 3:30:29 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 75 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/11/14 | Bret Baier, James Rosen
    The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News. The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for...
  • Hennepin County sheriff announces new policy on immigration detainee jail hold

    06/11/2014 11:58:34 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/11/14 | David Chanen
    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that the sheriff’s office will no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. In the past, “ICE holds” — requests to hold detainees an additional 48 hours beyond their scheduled release from jail — were considered mandatory. However, recent directives by ICE and federal court rulings have said the detainers are now discretionary. About 1.5 percent of the 36,000 inmates at the jail have a detainer placed on them, Stanek said. Since 2012, the cost to taxpayers of detaining them an extra two days has been...
  • Friends claim Bergdahl was discharged from Coast Guard in '06 for psych reasons

    06/11/2014 10:31:35 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 119 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/11/14 | FOXNEWS
    Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant captured in Afghanistan and held for nearly five years before being traded for five top Taliban operatives, was discharged from the Coast Guard before he joined the Army, Fox News confirmed. An Army spokesman did not confirm reports that Bergdahl's discharge was due to psychological reasons or elaborate on the circumstances leading to his ouster in 2006. "We did confirm that Bergdahl was administratively discharged from the USCG prior to his enlistment to the U.S. Army,” the spokesman said.
  • 12-year-old Wisconsin Girl Stabbed by Friends Out of Hospital

    06/06/2014 7:30:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/6/14 | Cassie Hart/AP
    A 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who police say was repeatedly stabbed by two classmates trying to curry favor with a fictional horror character has been released from the hospital, the victim's parents said Friday night. The girl narrowly survived being stabbed 19 times. A spokeswoman for the girl's family issued a statement Friday saying the girl was released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital. "She is excited to be out of the hospital, see her pets and continue along the road to recovery. Our family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and love from not only the local community, but from...
  • Moms Want Target To Adopt Open Carry Policy

    06/04/2014 3:34:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 44 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Edgar Linares
    A national gun safety organization has set its sights on Minneapolis-based Target to stop gun-rights demonstrations in their stores. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense launched a petition on Wednesday. They’re asking Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan to establish a policy to prohibit people from openly carrying guns in its stores. “Already we’ve had several different restaurants say that they will no longer allow some open carry…some guns all together in their establishments,” said Shannon Watts with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Last March, several people from the group Open Carry Texas were photographed walking down the...
  • Franken opposes Obama choice for Norway ambassador

    06/03/2014 5:29:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | AP
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he opposes President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway. Franken says he agrees with the Norwegian-American community's doubts over whether George Tsunis would be an effective ambassador. Franken made his comments in a letter Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The Minnesota Democrat, who is running for re-election, says he will vote against confirming Tsunis if it comes up for a vote in the Senate.
  • FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria

    06/03/2014 3:07:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | KMSP
    The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria. Investigators believe Somalis who left to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism. The FBI asking the Somali community in the Twin Cities for more information on anyone who may have left to fight overseas. If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely...
  • Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say

    05/31/2014 7:12:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    WashingtonPost.com ^ | 5/31/14 | Karen Tumulty
    Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out. “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for...
  • New York Times Survey Lists Minneapolis As LGBT Travel Hot Spot

    05/31/2014 5:54:17 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 5/31/14 | WCCO staff
    After Minnesota became one of the first states in the Midwest to legalize same-sex marriage, it became a new travel ‘hot-spot.’ According to the New York Times, Minneapolis is now on the list of “up and coming LGBT” places to visit, especially with the Pride celebration coming up. New York Times completed the survey after talking with gay and lesbian travel experts. It estimates the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers to be about $70 billion a year in the United States. Other cities on the hot spot list include Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Big Island on Hawaii, and Pittsburgh.
  • High school trap shooting teams reawakening Minnesota's aging gun clubs

    05/26/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/26/14 | Jenna Ross
    The shooting range was quiet Saturday morning as Jason Kelvie unlocked the gate, raised the faded red flag and began unloading his truck. Then the teenagers pulled up. The Lakeville South High School teammates bounded onto the Suburban Sportsman Club’s field, its grass still soaked with dew, scarfing doughnuts, joking with coaches and filling their vests with ammunition. “Are you ready?” Kelvie, the head coach, asked Stone Swanson, a junior. “I was born ready,” Swanson replied with a raised eyebrow. Trap shooting teams like this one, part of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, are reawakening aging gun...
  • Nigerian defense chief claims abducted schoolgirls located

    05/26/2014 4:13:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/26/14 | Fox/AP
    Nigeria's defense chief is claiming that the country’s military has located nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot go in with force to free them. Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the country's much criticized military on Monday that Nigerian troops can save the girls, according to The Associated Press. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."
  • The Stork Visits DNR EagleCam’s Nest (MN)

    03/25/2014 2:51:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 33 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | WCCO
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s a new bundle of joy on display on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website. Early Tuesday morning, an eagle chick hatched in the nest watched by the DNR EagleCam, according to DNR Public Affairs Officer Harland Hiemstra. Last year, all three eggs laid by the eagles froze in the January cold. There are two more eggs to go this year, and both are expected to hatch with help from the warmer temperatures expected this weekend.
  • Big guns: Army soldiers to get powerful new Swedish-made tank-stopper

    03/11/2014 2:57:21 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/11/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The U.S. Army is bringing in the really, really big guns. Regular units will soon be issued a Swedish-built "recoilless" rifle that can fire an 84-mm. projectile nearly a mile and has the power to take out a tank. The 15-pound guns, which soldiers hold just above the shoulder to fire, were previously only issued to Special Forces. But after soldiers in Afghanistan repeatedly complained that insurgents were wise to the limitations of their M-16 rifles, the Pentagon has decided to make the Swedish-made Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS)-- or the M3 Carl Gustaf for short-- standard issue.
  • Rep. Bachmann: Gay Activists Are The Real Bullies

    03/11/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 3/11/14 | WCCO Staff
    Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke out against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent decision to veto a measure that some say would’ve allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people. “The thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is that the gay communities have so bullied the American people and they’ve so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, and so they think that they get to dictate the agenda everywhere,” Bachmann said. “Well not with the Constitution you don’t.”
  • 11-year-old Washington state girl kills cougar following her 14-year-old brother to their home

    02/27/2014 1:26:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/27/14 | AP
    TWISP, Wash. — An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. The female cougar killed last week was about 4 years old and weighed about 50 pounds — half of what it should weigh, said Officer Cal Treser. "This cougar was very, very skinny," he said.
  • Minnesota’s Becoming An Outdoors Woman Program Turns 20

    02/11/2014 10:51:45 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 2/11/14 | AP
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is marking the 20th anniversary of its Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year. The DNR has just released its 2014 catalog of events for the program, which offers a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities for women and their families who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills.
  • Joan Mondale, wife of former VP Walter Mondale, dies at 83

    02/03/2014 3:29:48 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/3/14 | KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
    <p>Joan Adams Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out a significant national and international role for herself as a tireless promoter of the arts, died Monday afternoon surrounded by her husband, sons and family members.</p>