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BOSTON (AP) — Snow was falling around the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars ahead of the storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the final three months of last year despite a blizzard of campaign advertising for the fall political elections and a big holiday mail and shipping season. The loss announced Friday was far less than the $3.3 billion in the comparable quarter the previous fiscal year, but still showed the effects of a continued decline in first-class mailing as customers continue to flock to the Internet for emailing, bill paying and the like.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul music college has granted a struggling father's holiday wish for his son.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The ringleader in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr. told Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland that he had been blamed for running a cult and was ready to take the punishment. Polster also sentenced 15 other Amish to prison terms ranging from one to seven years.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting teen girls he met on social media sites, including one girl described as mentally or physically impaired. Thirty-two-year-old Bradley James Schnickel was charged Friday with three counts of attempted or actual third-degree sexual conduct and three counts of engaging in sexually explicit online chats with a minor. The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 46½ years.
HOUSTON (AP) — A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, and a spokesman for George H.W. Bush said a criminal investigation is under way. The Smoking Gun website said the hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to emails, photos, private telephone numbers and addresses of Bush family members and friends.
NEW YORK (AP) — The newest reality television show is in some ways like any other: mother and daughters, sibling rivalry, family gossip and talk of Big Grandpa, who is very strict but loves it when his great-grandchildren are around making a racket. But that's where the twist comes in: Big Grandpa is Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid legend.
DETROIT (AP) — An idea to redevelop the former Michigan State Fairgrounds site in Detroit by a group that includes Hall-of-Fame basketball player turned businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson is moving forward. The Detroit News and MLive.com report that the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority agreed Thursday to begin negotiations with Magic Plus LLC. The plan submitted last year would redevelop the site for a movie theater, park, housing and restaurants.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The recovery of the bald eagle shows how endangered species laws can work, and now a pair of the iconic birds will be help get more young people and families excited about the outdoors.
BENSON, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to provide more support for sexually-exploited children, specifically housing that is an alternative to juvenile detention. One such place is the Heartland Girls' Ranch in Benson. It provides safe refuge for girls who have been abused or neglected. In recent years, more young victims of sex trafficking are being sent to the ranch.