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GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to a year in prison for forcing his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter to stand outside in the cold in northeastern North Dakota. Authorities say 44-year-old Scott Boothman, of Warroad, Minn., was driving with his girlfriend and her girl from Warroad to Grand Forks on Dec. 9 when he forced them to stand outside at an Interstate 29 exit near Grafton after an argument. The woman and girl were not hurt despite the wind chill being as cold as 30 degrees below zero.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Theft victims, police and prosecutors are working to tighten Minnesota's law on scrap metal sales. An estimated 23 vehicles are stolen each day in Minnesota. And authorities say older cars are most often stolen for salvage money. Within hours of a theft, a vehicle can be crushed at a salvage yard. No title is needed if the vehicle is more than six years old.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Family members of a St. Paul woman killed along with her brother say she had asked for a police escort, but didn't wait for officers when retrieving her belongings from an apartment she had once shared with her husband and their children. Police suspect the estranged husband, Chue Lor, killed his wife, Panhia Yang, and her brother, Kong Meng Lee, with a sharp object Sunday before he also died. The cause of Lor's death has not yet been determined.
NEW YORK (AP) — British electro-pop group Depeche Mode kind of sounds like The Beatles — at least on one track from their new album. "It's a bad thing to say this because everyone is going to say, 'What are you talking about?' But it reminds me of The Beatles or something," chief songwriter and founding member Martin Gore said with a laugh, referring to the bluesy song "Goodbye." He added: "That's a dangerous thing to say."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Usher, Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte and others have been added to the list of performers and presenters for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Rush will also perform when Donna Summer, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler are inducted at an April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles. Usher is performing for Jones. Fogerty and Jackson Browne will perform with Newman. King will perform for Adler and Cheech & Chong will induct him.
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is staying in the family in giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at its annual ESPY awards this summer. The "Good Morning America" anchor is being saluted for how she kept viewers involved in her treatments for two serious illnesses. She had breast cancer in 2007 and last year had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. Roberts returned to "Good Morning America" last month.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group of Minnesota restaurants is pushing the Legislature to factor tips into their proposal to boost the state's minimum wage. The Minnesota Restaurant Association says most employees who collect tips make much more than the state's current minimum wage of $6.15 an hour. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would hike the state's minimum wage to $9.95 an hour by 2015, after which it would increase annually based on inflation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether gays have a right to marry, an issue one justice described as newer than cellphones and the Internet.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A head shop that sells synthetic drugs in downtown Duluth continues to give city officials and neighboring businesses a headache.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The last of three family members from California accused of supplying methamphetamine to buyers in North Dakota and Minnesota has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Henry Paredez Jr., of Bakersfield, Calif., also was ordered to forfeit $25,000 in cash during the Monday sentencing in U.S. District Court in Fargo.