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LOS ANGELES (AP) — He styled himself as a Rambo-like guerrilla, someone trained to outwit and outshoot the police at every turn, and while Christopher Dorner left no doubt he could be unforgivingly violent, when it came to keeping ahead of the law during his deadly rampage, he made one mistake after another. The last one — letting one of two people he tied up get to her cellphone and call police as he made off in their purple car — tipped authorities he was coming.
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is dipping into the ketchup business as part of $23.3 billion deal to buy the Heinz ketchup company. H.J. Heinz Co. says it's the largest deal ever in the food industry. The company, based in Pittsburgh, also makes Classico spaghetti sauces, Ore-Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen meals.
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways agreed Thursday to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline. The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth. It expects to have $40 billion in annual revenue and offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of a $1.8 billion flood control channel around Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., say they need to do a better job at public relations. The Forum newspaper reports ( http://bit.ly/Ygc25v ) that a subcommittee of the Red River Diversion Authority will ask the group's board for money to promote the channel and its controversial staging area that would flood an area south of the city during times of serious flooding. The public outreach subcommittee has not outlined specifics of the campaign.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Minneapolis couple has donated about $8 million to Marquette University in Milwaukee to establish a journalism fellowship. Peter and Patricia Frechette made the donation in honor of Patricia's parents, Perry and Alicia O'Brien, who graduated from Marquette in the 1930s. Perry O'Brien was a longtime reporter with the Janesville Gazette and WCLO radio.
RAMSEY, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County sheriff's officials say a couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide had received an eviction notice. The bodies of 67-year-old Caron Fine and 65-year-old Mitchell Fine were found in their Ramsey home Tuesday. Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer says the couple's daughter asked police to check on her parents after she received an email from her father indicating the couple was being evicted and they planned to kill themselves.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — After days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico in conditions some have described as dismal, most passengers aboard the disabled Carnival Triumph can look forward to an hours-long bus ride Thursday after they reach dry land. The company announced its plan for passengers late Wednesday as the Triumph was being towed to a port in Mobile, Ala., with more than 4,000 people on board, some of whom have complained to relatives that they have limited access to food and bathrooms.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the house, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state Senate ethics committee said Wednesday it won't take immediate action on a complaint filed against a Republican senator accused of taking improper payments from Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Could a poem that serves as a tribute to the state of Minnesota be in line for a tribute itself? Judging by the early reaction, it could prove difficult.