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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world is safe — at least from one asteroid. A 150-foot cosmic rock hurtled safely past Earth on Friday. It was the closest known flyby for a rock of its size, passing within 17,000 miles. That's closer than some satellites. The flyby occurred just hours after a much smaller meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Ramsey and Hennepin counties are suing a company that runs a nationwide electronic mortgage registry, saying the company and mortgage lenders deliberately circumvented public tax rolls and failed to pay county fees. Prosecutors say counties throughout Minnesota have lost significant public dollars. The lawsuit against Virginia-based Mortgage Electronic Registration Service Inc. was filed on behalf of all Minnesota counties, and seeks class-action status.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian's divorce case is returning to court Friday with her attorney urging a speedy end to her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries. Lawyers for the pregnant reality star and the Brooklyn Nets power forward disagree over a timetable for a trial to end the marriage, which Humphries wants annulled. Kardashian is asking a judge to order a trial as soon as possible. Humphries wants the case to remain on hold until the basketball season ends.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's a 15-year-old Florida girl who didn't really know much about Charlie Sheen before this week — but does now. The actor wired $10,000 to Teagan Marti and her family on Thursday for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from injuries sustained when she plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010. "I think he's a very kind person for helping me and my family and very generous," Teagan Marti said by phone Thursday from her home in Parkland, Fla.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lights, camera, laughs. Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can't count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before the ceremony, patrons are opting for lighter fare.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth mother who received a returned letter mailed to her soldier son mistakenly stamped "deceased" finally has the apology she sought for more than six years. Joan Najbar received the returned letter sent to her son in Iraq in 2006. Najbar said the letter made her angry because she knew her son wasn't dead. She had just talked to him.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A jury in Dunn County will decide whether a man committed to a mental health facility for killing four people in the Chippewa Valley should be released. An attorney for Alvin Taylor says his client is no longer on medication and hasn't had a violent outburst at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison in 25 years. Taylor once portrayed himself as a "soldier of God" who received messages over the radio and TV directing him to kill four people in the 1980s.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of exporting guns to West Africa. Thirty-eight-year-old McHarding Galimah, of Coon Rapids, was convicted in federal court in Minneapolis Thursday of one count of smuggling guns to Liberia.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearing 1 billion views on YouTube, "Sesame Street" is headed for Justin Bieber territory. The children's program is closing in on the kind of rarified digital milestone usually reserved for the likes of pop stars and cat videos. "Sesame Street" will soon pass 1 billion views on YouTube and it's celebrating the mark with a campaign to put itself over the hump.