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ADAMS, Minn. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has died of injuries suffered when her car collided with a school bus in southern Minnesota. A passenger in the car was severely injured in the crash Wednesday afternoon near Adams in Mower County. Sheriff's officials identify the girl as Tess Landherr. Authorities say the car she was driving spun out of control on an icy road and hit the school bus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The military's new medal for cyber warriors should get a demotion, according to veterans groups and lawmakers who say it shouldn't outrank such revered honors as the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The deadline for a deal to avert billions in spending cuts is just days away, but many Minnesota agencies still don't know how much of their federal funding will be slashed. State officials say details from the federal government are sparse. Some have been able to guess how the cuts will affect their programs and services, but others are at a loss.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock-star status, died Wednesday after a fight with bone cancer. He was 78. Cliburn died at his home in Fort Worth surrounded by loved ones, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drummer-producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots is adding "author" to his resume. Thompson announced Wednesday that "Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove" will be released June 18 by Grand Central Publishing. The book includes the rap musician's run-ins with "celebrities, idols and fellow artists," including Stevie Wonder, KISS and Jay-Z. It also tackles "some of the lates, the greats, the fakes and the true originals of the music world."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal. Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown's estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children.
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center says she's upset the Oscar-winning movie "Zero Dark Thirty" used a recording of his last words without her permission. Mary Fetchet of New Canaan told CBS News and the Daily News this week that she was shocked the filmmakers didn't ask if they could use the voicemail her son, Bradley Fetchet, left on her phone while he was on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower.
GARRISON (AP) — State fisheries officials meet with Mille Lacs Lake area residents and business owners near Garrison on Wednesday to discuss how to cut the walleye harvest this year. State and tribal officials agreed last month to slash the maximum catch in half because of data suggesting that walleye numbers in the popular lake have dropped to a 40-year low.
WORTHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources records show hundreds of water permit holders are violating the law by using much more water than allowed. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that over the last six years, the individuals, businesses and even state government agencies have pumped billions of gallons more than their permit allows.
FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A former teacher at a Faribault prep school has appeared in a Minnesota court, more than four months after he was charged with sexual misconduct involving students. Former Shattuck-St. Mary's drama teacher Lynn Seibel appeared Tuesday in Rice County. Seibel faces 17 felony counts, including second-degree criminal sexual conduct and using a minor in a sexual performance. Bail was set at $200,000 with no conditions or $100,000 with conditions.