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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton's administration is partnering with six Minnesota health providers in testing a new Medicaid payment model aimed at reducing cost of treatment for 100,000 Medicaid patients, with a greater emphasis on preventive care.
CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — A Cloquet father is accused of abandoning his 14-year-old daughter while her mother was in jail accused in a shooting. A warrant has been issued for John Bemis on charges of child neglect. Investigators say Bemis disappeared Jan. 7 with some personal items, including a large amount of cash. They say he also left his job without explanation.
The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o into falling for a fake woman he had created online says the hoax had "everything to do" with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the second part of which aired Friday.
HONOLULU (AP) — More than two-thirds of Hawaii's state senators have signed onto a bill to protect celebrities from paparazzi, giving them power to sue over unwanted beach photos and other snapshots on the islands. And the bill's author says he's pushing the law at the request of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, the former "American Idol" judge who recently bought a new home in Maui. A representative for Aerosmith declined comment late Thursday night, saying Tyler was not immediately available.
MOSCOW (AP) — A jailed member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band has been hospitalized for a full medical check-up after complaining of headaches and suffering from overwork at a prison colony known for its tough conditions, her lawyer and a fellow band member said Friday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Beyonce answered critics of her Inauguration Day performance the best way she could — with another sterling performance of the national anthem. The difference? On Thursday, it was live: She admitted during her Super Bowl news conference that when she performed for President Barack Obama and the nation, she decided to sing to a prerecorded track because she didn't have time to practice. Calling herself a self-proclaimed "perfectionist," she said wanted the day to go off without a hitch.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New Minnesota campaign finance reports show that spending on the fight over an unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage topped $18 million last year The spending made it Minnesota's most costly election contest of 2012. But it was just a slice of the tens of millions in political dollars spent on races up and down the ballot.
WASECA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a law enforcement chase through three southern counties ended with a fatal crash. Authorities say the chase started about 3 a.m. Friday in the Mower County city of Austin, went through Freeborn County and ended when the suspect's car rolled over on Highway 13 in Waseca County.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say the worst of the flu season is likely over in Minnesota. Kris Ehresmann, the state Health Department's infectious disease director, said Thursday the illness has peaked in Minnesota. The number of flu-related hospitalizations and outbreaks dropped for the third week in a row. Minnesota reported 135 hospitalizations last week, compared with 628 just three weeks before. Schools reported 36 outbreaks, compared with 112 the previous week.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students are back in class after a boiler explosion forced the evacuation of an elementary school in Minneapolis. School officials say the boiler exploded around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Harriet Upper Elementary School. KSTP-TV ( http://bit.ly/YH4mOh ) reports students were evacuated to a nearby fire station, and have now returned to class. No one was hurt. Work is being done to either repair the boiler or see if a secondary boiler can be used.