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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of supporters of same-sex unions gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to consider two landmark cases involving gay marriage. Organizer Jacob Reitan says the vigil Monday night was "to light the way" for the court.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say the diabetes rate has doubled in Minnesota in the past 20 years and that there are tens of thousands of people who have the disease, but don't know it. The Minnesota Department of Health estimates about 290,000 Minnesotans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and that 80,000 others have it, but aren't aware of it because symptoms of type 2 diabetes aren't that obvious. The health department estimates more than a million Minnesotans have pre-diabetes but don't know it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it's investigating a large-scale tax refund scheme run from a Minnesota prison. A search warrant application says the case likely involves hundreds of fraudulent tax returns from 2006 to 2012. IRS investigator Kenneth Fry says the tax returns contain fraudulent and fictitious information, including wage and withholding details.
NEW YORK (AP) — The national commander of the American Legion says he accepts CBS' apology for a passage on "The Amazing Race" where contestants visited the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber in Vietnam. The segment aired March 17 and angered many veterans, particularly those who served in the Vietnam War. As part of its scavenger hunt game, contestants on the show had to visit the site in Hanoi, which Vietnamese authorities turned into a memorial.
GOMA, Congo (AP) — Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant. Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry is returning to the United States — but this time he's skipping Las Vegas. The 28-year-old prince will travel to the U.S. East Coast as well as Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, to support veterans' charities and get in a bit of polo. Harry, a longtime supporter of charities that rehabilitate war veterans, will attend several events at the 2013 Warrior Games, a competition in which veteran athletes from both Britain and the United States take part.
WINDOM, Minn. (AP) — An armed motorcyclist who was fleeing from authorities in southwestern Minnesota was killed when he crashed his Harley head-on into a State Patrol squad. The patrol said Monday 33-year-old Chad Danneman, of Slayton, was armed with a knife and had fled from Cottonwood and Murray County sheriff's deputies in separate pursuits Saturday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he's confident House lawmakers and President Obama will support repealing the medical device tax, a provision of the Senate budget passed last week. Franken said at a news conference Monday the tax burdens medical device startups and smaller businesses in Minnesota, where the industry is burgeoning. The tax was part of Obama's 2009 federal health care law.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man is sentenced to 28 years in prison for prostituting, beating and sexually assaulting teenage girls. Forty-year-old Arthur Chappell was retried on appeal and convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to produce child pornography and a host of other charges.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An administrative law judge has cleared the way for new standards on teaching social studies in Minnesota public schools.