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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.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State inspection records for thousands of in-home day care providers could be posted online if legislators approve new safety recommendations. The Star Tribune reports state regulators will propose a variety of new safety measures in response to a rising number of child deaths in day care homes.
By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — About two dozen Minnesota cities — including Bemidji — and counties whose sales taxes piggyback on the state’s would see a gusher of new money if Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed sales tax expansion prevails.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida say rapper Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into a building after hearing shots fired nearby. Fort Lauderdale police say Ross and his companion, fashion designer Shateria L. Moragne-el, reported hearing multiple shots fired in their direction at around 5:00 a.m. Monday. Police say Ross lost control of the silver Rolls and crashed into an apartment building. Neither Ross nor his passenger was injured and police say it did not appear that any bullets struck the Rolls.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Rollin Bergman, owner of Page 1 Publications, is the new president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The trade organization says Bergman was elected president at the association's annual meeting Friday. Bergman is the 133rd president of the group, which represents nearly 350 newspapers across Minnesota. He also served as the group's 125th president in 2005.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coach Rick Adelman has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending three weeks with his ailing wife. He rejoins a club that lost nine of 11 games in his absence. In some ways, Adelman may need the Wolves as much as they need him.
NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said. It remained unclear Monday morning how much oil had leaked into the river, according to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week.