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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Six-time Emmy Award-winning actress Carol Burnett is making a return trip to Minneapolis this spring. Burnett will appear in an audience interactive program on May 17 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Burnett's conversation with the audience grew out of the question-and-answer sessions she would hold with her studio audience on each episode of "The Carol Burnett Show."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was appearing as an unscheduled witness Wednesday at the year's first congressional hearing on curbing gun violence, adding drama to a session that was already slated to hear from a top official of the National Rifle Association.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A Detroit Lakes man is charged after a weekend shooting that killed one man and wounded another. Thirty-eight-year-old Ronald Quiceno is charged in Becker County with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — Verso Paper Corp. has announced plans to sell its fire-damaged paper mill in Sartell. Verso said Tuesday it is selling the mill to AIM Development (USA) LLC. Terms were not disclosed. The St. Cloud Times reports the deal was announced in a two-paragraph email. According to the email, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter. Verso said in the statement it is not commenting on the deal.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders. He hailed a bipartisan Senate group on a similar track but left unresolved key details that could derail the complex and emotional effort.
At least 15 advertisers are expected to launch teasers for their ads running during Super Bowl XLVII. The goal is to create interest for ads without spilling the beans on the Game Day spot. Here are 5 teaser ads to seek out online before the game on Sunday: 1. Mercedes-Benz: In a spot that has gotten 5.4 million views on Youtube.com, supermodel Kate Upton wears a low-cut tank top as she oversees football players washing her car.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America's proposed move away from its no-gays membership policy has outraged some longtime admirers, gratified many critics and raised intriguing questions about the iconic organization's future.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote Tuesday was 94-3. One senator — Kerry — voted present and accepted congratulations from colleagues on the Senate floor. The roll call came just hours after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the man who has led the panel for the past four years.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance said the plea deal was "just punishment" considering the alternatives to the settlement, including the risk that a trial could result in a lower fine for BP.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Dallas County prosecutors say they aren't appealing a state judge's decision to halt the scheduled Tuesday evening execution of a Texas woman. She would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010. State District Judge Larry Mitchell issued a reprieve for 51-year-old Kimberly McCarthy less than five hours before she could have been taken to the death chamber for the 1997 slaying of a neighbor.