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LOS ANGELES (AP) — That was no wardrobe malfunction — that was couture. When Jennifer Lawrence ascended the stairs to accept her SAG Award Sunday night, a bit of skin showed through the skirt of her gown, leading to some speculation that it had ripped. Dior Couture told The Associated Press that wasn't so. The design house said Lawrence's gown was designed by Raf Simons "with different levels of tulle and satin." That was what viewers saw on television when she lifted her gown to walk upstairs.
NEW YORK (AP) — With Jeff Zucker taking over at CNN, the network's managing editor says he is quitting. Mark Whitaker is a former Newsweek editor who also worked at NBC. He said in a memo to the staff Tuesday that with a new leader who has his own "forceful ideas," he thought it best to step aside. CNN says Zucker will take over Whitaker's role overseeing the editorial content of CNN. There will not be a new managing editor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is planning its first major expansion since it opened in 1971 as a "living memorial" to President John F. Kennedy, with new features including pavilions to house rehearsal halls and classrooms, a memorial garden and a floating stage on the Potomac River.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new report shows that 19 percent of Minnesota adults still smoke. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows the state's ranking for adult smoking fell from 7th to 11th place among all states. The last time the CDC compared states was 2009. State Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger says 11th isn't good enough for Minnesota. He says the cost of tobacco in terms of lives and about $2.8 billion in annual medical costs is too high.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers plan to consider new safety requirements for the state's thousands of home day care providers, including posting providers' inspection records online for parents to peruse. State regulators proposed the new safety measures in response to an increase in child deaths at home day care centers, the Star Tribune reported ( http://bit.ly/119Y0rw ).
SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities and investigators searched two other nightspots owned by a partner in the club that caught ablaze.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources is kicking off a series of five hearings across the state to give the public the chance to comment on proposed updates to the state's list of plants and animals that are at risk of disappearing from the Minnesota landscape.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has received a national award for its planning for the Mississippi River Trail bikeway. Minnesota was the first state to develop a plan for bicycling along the Mississippi River. The 800-mile route closely follows the Mississippi River through Minnesota — from the headwaters at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. MnDOT says the trail passes through about 70 cities, 20 counties and two tribal lands. The entire trail extends 3,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.
WATERVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The lack of snow cover on southern Minnesota lakes is helping with the recovery of northern pike. Extreme heat in 2012 decimated the species. Waterville Area Fisheries officials say the lack of snow has allowed sunlight to penetrate the ice and help with the growth of aquatic plants. That improves oxygen levels for the fish.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in November compared with the same month a year ago. That's the largest year-over-year gain in six years.