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WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama referenced the Stonewall gay-rights riots in his inauguraladdress, classing them as a civil rights watershed along with key moments in the struggles for blacks and women. The president said that the truth that all are created equal guides us today "just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Poet Richard Blanco has delivered an inaugural poem paying homage to the American experience. Blanco, at age 44 the youngest ever inaugural poet, recited a poem that painted vivid scenes about America and included reflections on his experience growing up as Cuban exile in New York City and Miami.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horrific scene awaited officers responding to an emergency call at a New Mexico home — five family members dead, all with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as parents and their three young children and the suspected attacker as their 15-year-old son.
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Laura Christensen's yard looks like a tree mortuary. Her Woodbury home is surrounded by 19 evergreens that are dead or dying — thanks to a lawn herbicide that kills trees as readily as it kills dandelions. The herbicide Imprelis was pulled from the market in October 2011, but its impact only recently is becoming clear. Imprelis is now blamed for the deaths of thousands of trees in Minnesota and many more nationwide.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Construction bids are due for companies angling to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The deadline to submit bids is Monday. At least six firms have expressed interest in building the $975 million stadium, including three Minnesota companies: Mortenson Construction and Kraus-Anderson of Minneapolis, and Loeffler Construction of Lakeville. The three other firms are Gilbane Building Companies of Rhode Island, Skanska of New Jersey and Hunt Construction of Arizona.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old Duluth, Minn., man has been killed in a hydraulic fracturing accident in North Dakota. The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office says Mike Krajewski died about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a Halliburton location about 24 miles north of Watford City.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A man who died when flames swept through his Eagan townhouse has been identified as 30-year-old Roger Yarusso. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report ( http://bit.ly/VfRgGR ) says Yarusso's two roommates tried to save him but the flames forced them back. The fire happened early Sunday morning. The roommates escaped by jumping out windows. One broke his foot and the other fell face-first onto wooden steps, breaking his nose and ribs.
VOYAGEUR'S NATIONAL PARK, Minn. (AP) — Two snowmobilers who went missing in a St. Louis County park have been found safe after they spent a frigid night in an unheated boathouse. A Hibbing Daily Tribune report ( http://bit.ly/VfOVLR ) says the two Hibbing men were snowmobiling in Voyageur's National Park. They were expected to return home late Saturday. When they didn't show up, a rescue squad began searching for them Sunday about 3:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Legend believes hip-hop played its part in helping Barack Obama become president, and he's proud at how the genre has matured over the years. "I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people's homes ... through our music and through our culture," the R&B crooner said Sunday night at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball.