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MILAN, Minn. (AP) — An oversized load spilled from a semi in southwestern Minnesota and killed a passing motorist. The accident happened on Highway 59 near Milan in Chippewa County Monday. The Minnesota State Patrol says the semi clipped a railroad bridge, causing the cargo to fall onto a car driven by a Granite Falls man. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says 61-year-old George Piasecki died at the scene.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy plans to capitalize on what could be a buyer's market for wind energy this year. The Minneapolis-based utility has told regulators in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas that it will look for up to 200 megawatts of wind power by April 1. The federal tax credit for wind production has been extended to next January.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and —oh, yeah— a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl. That's up from 13.7 million last year — and that doesn't even include chatter surrounding the ads.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating whether a policeman was photographed dressed as a female Muslim Target employee. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( http://bit.ly/XjvGLZ ) reports the St. Paul police Twitter account received a Tweet Sunday asking if the person in the photo is one of its officers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kitty Kelley's next book will be short on celebrity gossip and long on gender and politics. Kelley has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for a book about the record 98 women serving in the current Congress and how they might change Washington. Grand Central, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Monday that the book is currently untitled and is scheduled for 2016.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff says the man charged with killing a former Navy SEAL and his friend was shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell after becoming aggressive. Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh is on suicide watch.
NEW YORK (AP) — Don't blame Beyonce for blowing the lights out at the Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the halftime show was not the cause of the power outage that darkened the Superdome for half an hour during Sunday's broadcast. "There's no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show. Absolutely not. I know that's been out there that this halftime show had something to do with it. That is not the case," Goodell said.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain — the waste accumulated from the brewing process — into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations. Company officials now joke they are now serving "beer-powered beer."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.