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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.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A vacant building at the old Hamm's Brewery in St. Paul is being transformed to house an indoor urban garden and 15,000 fish. Urban Organics has been working on the building for more than a year. Urban Organics' Fred Haberman says eventually you'll see massive racks of leafy greens fertilized naturally by tilapia that will be held in 3,500-gallon tanks. The business plans to supply local markets and schools beginning this fall.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based school software provider has filed a protest with the state over its losing of a $15 million contract to a Minnesota company. Skyward Inc. said Friday it had filed the protest with Gov. Scott Walker's administration, saying its bid was lower than the bid winner Infinite Campus of Blaine, Minn. The contract winner will be the sole provider of student information systems to Wisconsin's more than 440 school districts and non-district charter schools.