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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture. But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A 38-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after two men were shot, one fatally, earlier that day. Ronald Matthew Quiceno was arrested without incident Saturday at his Detroit Lakes residence and booked on probable cause of second-degree murder and other related charges.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials will be discussing proposed changes to the state's endangered-species list in the next two weeks, starting with a hearing this week in Rochester. A Rochester Post-Bulletin report says the first public hearing is Tuesday evening. Four other hearings are also scheduled in New Ulm, Bemidji, Duluth and Plymouth. The state Department of Natural Resources is proposing to remove 15 plants and 14 animals from the list, while adding 114 plants and 67 animals.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Financial Corp. has been fined $10 million for failing to adequately monitor suspicious bank transactions, including some with possible links to terrorism. Federal officials accused the Wayzata bank of failing to comply fully with the Bank Secrecy Act, which requires financial institutions to make sure they aren't used to launder money, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A deadly fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 245 people attending a university party and leaving at least 200 injured, police and firefighters said. It appeared to be the deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the fire.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio's left knee has been slow to come around this season. So have the crunch-time minutes and the victories for his Minnesota Timberwolves. That all adds up to one frustrated point guard. Rubio didn't hide his disappointment with sitting the entire fourth quarter in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. He wants to be out there and helping his injury-plagued team close out tight games.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — An Albert Lea man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend with a hammer wants his first-degree murder conviction thrown out. The attorney for Chad Gulbertson asked a judge Wednesday to vacate the conviction. Gulbertson was sentenced to life in prison in April 2010, after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse of ex-girlfriend Jody Lee Morrow. He was also found guilty of second-degree murder.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Flu activity may be slowing down in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 15 more flu-related deaths. That raises Minnesota's death toll this season to 75. But the number of confirmed flu-related deaths was down last week compared with the previous week, when 33 deaths were confirmed. The number of hospitalizations due to flu also was down last week — 208, compared with 476 the week before.