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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed 103 people on Thursday, including 69 who died in a sectarian attack on a bustling billiard hall in the southwest city of Quetta, officials said. The blasts punctuated one of the deadliest days in recent years in Pakistan, where the government faces a bloody insurgency by Taliban militants in the northwest and Baluch militants in the southwest.
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Chaska police say they've made an arrest for a threat that closed the local high school Tuesday. Police announced the arrest of a boy Wednesday night, but gave no other details. The school was locked down Tuesday morning and students were later sent home. Classes resumed Wednesday. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Newly-released video provides further insight into a fatal police shooting in St. Paul. Officer Daniel King was shot and seriously wounded Oct. 23 when he and his partner, Brian Wanschura, were ambushed by Chue Xiong in a parking lot behind Hope Community Academy. Xiong was fatally shot. The video released to the St. Paul Pioneer Press shows Wanschura tumbling out of the squad car and firing at Xiong. Gunshots and shouts of "Mayday!" can be heard, along with King moaning in pain.
NEW YORK (AP) — Supervalu Inc. says it reached a deal to sell five of its biggest grocery chains — Albertson's, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market — for $100 million in cash and more than $3 billion in debt. The sale to AB Acquisition, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, will include 877 stores. Cerberus will also offer to buy up to 30 percent of the remaining Supervalu for $4 per share after the deal closes. The investor group will acquire the stores for $100 million in cash, and the new company will assume $3.2 billion in existing debt.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A misdemeanor driving charge against retired television movie critic Gene Shalit is set to be dismissed in Massachusetts. The 86-year-old Shalit was cited in October after his vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest against a house in Lenox, in western Massachusetts. Shalit, who lives in nearby Stockbridge, wasn't hurt. He told police he fell asleep.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A big jump in Minnesota's minimum wage could be on the horizon. Among the priority bills in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is a proposal to raise the floor wage to $7.50 for most workers at the bottom rung beginning in August. That's $1.35 more than the current hourly minimum that large employers must pay their employers. Smaller businesses, as defined by their annual sales, pay a lower rate but that would rise as well.
Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday: 1. Best Picture: "Amour," ''Argo," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild," ''Django Unchained," ''Les Miserables," ''Life of Pi," ''Lincoln," ''Silver Linings Playbook," ''Zero Dark Thirty." 2. Actor: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"; Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"; Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"; Denzel Washington, "Flight."
NEW YORK (AP) — Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadcast networks make many of their shows available on the Internet, but you usually have to wait at least a day after an episode airs on television. A subscription service called Aereo breaks those shackles and makes network programs available right away.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal funding for mental health programs in prisons and jails would expand under a bill unveiled Wednesday by Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat's bill would continue federal funding for courts that divert the mentally ill from prison into treatment and increase training for police officers in handling people with mental health issues.