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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Blaine Anderson and Kevin Keller? Betty Cooper and Noah Puckerman? Things are not as they usually are in the halls of William McKinley and Riverdale high schools.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says Heidi Klum has been added to "America's Got Talent" as its fourth judge. The network announced Monday that the supermodel will join fellow incoming judge Mel B this summer for the talent competition's eighth season. Howie Mandel and Howard Stern will be back at the judges' panel. Klum says she's excited to join the show and size up the talent, "from the ridiculous to the fantastic!" She continues to host the Peabody Award-winning "Project Runway" on Lifetime and Germany's "Next Top Model."
NEW YORK (AP) — A musical based on Jonathan Lethem's celebrated 2003 novel "The Fortress of Solitude" is heading toward New York. The Public Theater said Monday that it will co-produce the show and bring it to its downtown home for the 2014-15 season after it debuts at the Dallas Theater Center in March. The musical has a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, who also wrote songs for "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." The new musical is conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin.
ANDOVER, Minn. (AP) — A 53-year-old Coon Rapids man is accused of videotaping and taking photographs of boys at a Twin Cities YMCA. Anoka County sheriff's officials say a 12-year-old boy told his parents last month that a man held a watch over a partition as the boy was getting dressed in the Andover YMCA. Authorities say the boy identified the suspect from video surveillance inside the health club.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — During a key scene in the play "Venus in Fur" the lead actress lights up a Marlboro from her purse and takes a drag, tilting her head backward while exhaling a long stream of smoke. Vanda smokes for only about a minute before dropping the cigarette into her coffee mug, but it's a pivotal moment that begins the character's transformation into an assertive woman. And some theater employees say it wouldn't feel nearly as raw if the actress couldn't smoke an actual cigarette on stage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays in customs waiting lines as a result of automatic federal spending cuts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. Both of those big-city airports routinely suffer security line delays. The Federal Aviation Administration reported Monday there were no significant flight delays in either Los Angeles or Chicago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A state task force head says a federal court considering lawsuit challenging the Minnesota Sex Offender Program expects the state to address continuing concerns about its constitutionality.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's budget chief says he will likely wait until summer before deciding whether to activate so-called blink-on revenue options for the new Vikings football stadium.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is headed toward a significant milestone in which more of its residents are senior citizens than school-aged. State Demographer Susan Brower told a panel of top legislators on Monday that Minnesota is on course to reach that point in 2020. It represents the point when those older than 65 years are a bigger share of the state population than those between 5 and 17 years old.
FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says the woman who rolled her SUV, killing a boy and injuring two other children, may have been drinking. Six-year-old Amonte King died Sunday in the crash on Highway 4 near Fairmont in Martin County. The State Patrol says 4-year-old Tejan Tapia was seriously injured and 9-year-old Yesania Tapia suffered minor injuries. The Star Tribune says the driver of the Jeep is hospitalized in Rochester with serious injuries.