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WASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded concert celebrating Latino culture.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis high school has disciplined four students after a dark-skinned doll was dangled by its neck with a piece of string. Minneapolis Public Schools said Thursday students recorded the incident that happened last Friday at Washburn High School. Images were posted on social media sites and also caught on school security cameras. The district says it's “deeply disturbed” by what it calls “an incident of racial intolerance.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach. Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct "Happy Valley," the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski's best-seller "Paterno."
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others reopens Thursday with a private ceremony for victims, first responders and officials — an event boycotted as insensitive by some who lost loved ones in the massacre.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teens can earn a chance to board Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus when the singer's tour stops in St. Paul next month. The St. Paul Public Library is featuring A.S. King's book about bullying, war and family, "Everybody Sees the Ants," under its Read Brave program. Teens who read the book and respond to it have a chance to get on board the Born Brave Bus when Lady Gaga comes to Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94. Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was no hair-pulling between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the season debut of "American Idol," although some viewers may have been reduced to it. The pop divas exchanged insults worthy of middle schoolers, fellow freshman judge Keith Urban looked trapped between them, and there was a whiff of make-believe Wednesday about the show's touted feud. "We can have accessories. I didn't know that was allowed. That's all I'm gonna say," Carey commented archly about Minaj's flashy, drum major-style hat.
NEW YORK (AP) — Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died. Bain died Monday of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. He was 89.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials have decided to let a proposed southeastern Minnesota wind farm pursue a permit that would allow it to kill or injure eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the worst-case scenario is that the 48-turbine project would kill eight to 15 eagles a year, a number that would not harm the local population.
BAXTER, Minn. (AP) — A woman in Crow Wing County is accused of breaking a police officer's ankle as she struggled against her arrest. Forty-four-year-old Jennifer Burnos, of Baxter, is charged with obstruction. Burnos is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $75,000 bond without conditions. Baxter police say five officers responded to a call at a home Jan. 8 and were talking to Burnos when they discovered she had a warrant for her arrest in Hubbard County.