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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Asner's publicist says the 83-year-old actor is out of a Chicago-area hospital after being diagnosed with exhaustion. Publicist Charles Sherman says Asner was released Thursday and plans to fly home to Los Angeles. He likely will postpone some performances of his touring one-man stage show. On Tuesday night, Asner was taken off the stage in Gary, Ind., and went by ambulance to the unidentified hospital.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire Philip Anschutz said Thursday he is pulling AEG off the market and the company that owns the Los Angeles Kings and the Staples Center is no longer for sale. Anschutz said in a statement that he had made clear that he wouldn't sell the company unless the right buyer came forward. He said he will resume a more active role in the company and Tim Leiweke, who has served as president and CEO, is leaving.
NBC Sports Group kicks off more than 200 programming hours of motorsports coverage with this weekend's Formula One season opener. And that's got the IndyCar community more than a little concerned. IndyCar drivers and former CEO Randy Bernard were openly critical of NBC Sports Network last season over ratings, promotion and marketing. Most felt the cable network did not do enough to promote the series or attract viewers to the telecasts.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tens of thousands of viewers have logged onto a live camera trained on an eagle's nest in the Twin Cities, waiting for three eggs to hatch.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is adding to its plate in the world of cooking. The Minneapolis-based discounter announced an agreement Thursday to buy Chef's Catalog and assets of Cooking.com in two separate transactions. Financial terms were not disclosed. Chef's Catalog, founded in 1979, is an online site that sells cookware, bake ware, kitchen tools and other accessories under such brands as Cuisinart, Le Creuset and KitchenAid.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest priorities this offseason were to bolster a thin receiver corps and get a quality veteran to backup quarterback Christian Ponder. One down, one to go. The Vikings agreed to terms with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced. It's been a busy day for the Vikings, who also were hosting Green Bay Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings for a visit.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $900 million. The Democratic governor released the updated budget proposal Thursday. As expected, Dayton dropped a proposed sales tax overhaul that generated strong opposition from business leaders.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some investors have pulled out of a major frack sand project proposed for Winona County of southeastern Minnesota after losing a critical vote. Rick Frick is one of two remaining principals in Minnesota Proppant. He tells the Star Tribune the other investors got fed up and decided to focus on Wisconsin, which he says is much friendlier to the industry than Minnesota. Frick says he'll find another site if the city of St. Charles doesn't want the plant.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering a proposal to do away with high-stakes graduation exams for high school students and replace them with tests designed to gauge whether they are ready for college or the workforce. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday the tests wouldn't require a certain score to get a diploma — a proposal that has encountered resistance from Republican lawmakers and business owners.