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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb has been charged with drunken driving and other counts after a January crash that left him injured. Lilydale City Attorney Thomas Lehmann says Wednesday he has filed a complaint charging Brodkorb with four counts, including fourth-degree driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. He also faces a misdemeanor count of careless driving, and a petty misdemeanor count of wearing no seat belt.
KELSEY, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis County sheriff's deputies say a train-truck crash at a foggy railroad crossing has killed one person. Authorities say a 28-year-old man crashed into the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train that was stopped at a crossing in Kelsey for mechanical trouble Wednesday. Sheriff's officials say the crash happened about 6 a.m. in foggy conditions. The crossing is marked only with a stop sign.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is heading to Broadway. Not to see a show — to be in one. The Roundabout Theatre Company said Banana Joe, the 5-year-old affenpinscher who emerged triumphant Tuesday at America's premier dog competition, will appear for one night only in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — She must have seen this coming. Theresa Caputo, star of the TLC reality show "Long Island Medium," has a book deal. The memoir to be published by Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, will be called "There's More To Life Than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side." Atria says the book will give readers insight into Caputo's life and better understanding of her "remarkable gift" while teaching them about messages she receives from the beyond.
RAMSEY, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County sheriff's deputies and local police are investigating the deaths of a couple in Ramsey. Authorities believe the deaths of the 67-year-old woman and 65-year-old man may be a murder-suicide. A relative called Ramsey police asking officers to check on the couple after receiving an email with suicidal overtones.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that tool recalled by St. Jude Medical Inc. used to insert heart implants could potentially cause serious injury or death if used in patients. The company's Amplatzer TorqVue delivery system is used to mend a type of heart defect that causes holes in the upper chambers of the heart. St. Jude recalled all batches and models of the device Jan. 13 after a small number of incidents where the delivery system's wire fractured during surgery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comcast's $16.7 billion deal to buy the remaining half of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as the growth of Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape. The decision was driven largely by Comcast Corp.'s belief that it would end up paying substantially more for General Electric Co.'s remaining 49 percent stake if it had waited until 2018, as had been envisioned in 2011 when the cable TV provider acquired majority control of NBCUniversal.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A printing plant that publishes many of the Iron Range's newspapers will close at the end of March and production will be moved to Duluth. American Consolidated Media's Hibbing plant publishes a shopper and four newspapers, including the Mesabi Daily News ( http://bit.ly/11Ggpx7 ). The closure will mean the loss of 54 jobs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota nurses are forging ahead with a call for state lawmakers to enact standards that dictate how hospitals staff their units. The Minnesota Nurses Association planned Wednesday to outline its legislative proposal. The nurses union, which staged a brief strike at some Minnesota hospitals in 2010, has been making a case for mandatory staffing ratios based on the number of patients and type of unit.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives.