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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A follower in New Orleans built a public shrine in her honor. An actor in Albuquerque credits her with helping him land a role on the TV show "Breaking Bad." She turns up routinely along the U.S.-Mexico border at safe houses, and is sighted on dashboards of cars used to smuggle methamphetamine through the southwest desert.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Jordan has asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who says the NBA hall of famer is the father of her 16-year-old son. Jordan's lawyer John Mayoue said in the document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith's son. Jordan accused her of making false claims against him.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Minnesota man has won a 250-mile sled dog race through the wilds of northern Maine. Ryan Anderson, of Ray, Minn., crossed the finish line in Fort Kent at about 4 a.m. Monday to win the 250-mile Irving Can-Am Crown race in a running time of 31 hours, 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Denis Tremblay, of St. Michel des Saints, Quebec, finished second, about 41 minutes behind. Laura Daugereau, of Port Gamble, Wash., was third.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato man is accused of beating his girlfriend's 4-year-old son and kicking a love seat on top of him. Felony charges have been filed against 39-year-old Miguel Angel Beltran. The child's mother, Kinzie Keim, says Beltran told her last week that he lost control and threw the boy under a mattress in the living room, then kicked a small couch on top of him and jumped up and down on it. A complaint says Beltran pulled the child out from under the mattress and threw him on another couch.
ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — The body of a Robbinsdale man who disappeared while surfing in Mexico has been recovered.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new poll says a narrow majority of Minnesotans favors Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to raise taxes on the state's top earners. The poll also finds support for imposing sales tax on clothing items above $100. But there's strong resistance to Dayton's proposal to extend the sales tax to business services.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a turnabout, Minnesota gun rights advocates are lining up modest revisions to the state's gun laws as a way to fend off more serious restrictions and give lawmakers the chance to make some progress on a politically charged issue.
DENVER (AP) — NORAD is considering taking two of its 18 Air Force sites off 24-hour alert, saying it will save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might take fighter squadrons in Duluth, Minn., and at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., off 24-hour alert. A NORAD spokesman says no decision has been made and both sites remain on alert.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of ambushing and stabbing two Minneapolis park police officers has been convicted of attempted murder. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Marsenior Johnson lured the officers to Minnehaha Parkway last August with a fake 911 call that he had been robbed, then attacked the two officers with a knife.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law. Bakk, a Cook Democrat, said Friday that opposition from Republicans and fellow rural Democrats will make it "tough to get the votes to pass that." Bakk says he supports requiring background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows, but doesn't think the same should be required of personal transfers.