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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Blue Earth County trial is under way for an eye doctor accused of sexually assaulting two female patients. Todd Gavin faces two felony and two gross misdemeanor charges for allegedly having the young women remove their clothing during eye appointments in 2010 in Mankato and examining their breasts. Defense attorney Richard Ohlenberg says Gavin has been practicing for 20 years and had never been accused of sexual impropriety. Ohlenberg says what prosecutors say was predatory behavior was just Gavin being a good doctor.
ONAMIA, Minn. (AP) — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe plans to buy two hotels in St. Paul. Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin made that announcement Tuesday in her annual State of the Band address. The names of the two hotels were not released. Benjamin says once the purchases are finalized the Mille Lacs Band will own nearly half of the hotel rooms in St. Paul. The Brainerd Dispatch reports Benjamin says the Mille Lacs Band has spent 20 years running hotels and learning the hospitality business.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota egg producer searched by federal homeland security agents on Tuesday says it complies with federal immigration laws. The statement from Sparboe Farms in Litchfield comes hours after authorities announced that 10 people had been arrested there on administrative charges — a tool often used to detain possible illegal immigrants. Sparboe's statement says authorities executed search warrants, but the company has no additional information about them.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Rosemount man has been sentenced to two months in jail for a 2009 hit-and-run that fatally injured a deaf woman. A judge Tuesday also sentenced 44-year-old Eric James Hunter to three years probation. Hunter pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of an accident that caused a death, a felony. That followed a 2010 trial that ended in a hung jury and a Minnesota Court of Appeals battle over whether he could be retried.
NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl ads have sold for more than $4 million for some 30-second spots for this year's game. All the commercials for the NFL championship Feb. 3 in New Orleans are sold out, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said Tuesday. Companies paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot last year. TV's biggest event averaged more than 111 million viewers in 2012.
ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — A winter storm is magnifying the misery for tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country's civil war, turning a refugee camp into a muddy swamp where howling winds tore down tents and exposed the displaced residents to freezing temperatures. Some frustrated refugees at a camp in Zaatari, where about 50,000 are sheltered, attacked aid workers with sticks and stones after the tents collapsed in 35 mph (60 kph) winds, said Ghazi Sarhan, spokesman for the Jordanian charity that helps run the camp. Police said seven Jordanian workers were injured.
WASHINGTON (AP) — America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998. Breaking temperature records by an entire degree is unprecedented, scientists say. Normally, records are broken by a tenth of a degree or so.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Barry Diller-backed Internet company that challenged cable and satellite TV services by offering inexpensive live television online plans to expand beyond New York City this spring.
JAY REETUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's routing of Notre Dame for its second straight national championship has been overshadowed in part by a new breakout star — Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012. Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Monday night's game, when ESPN cameras visited and revisited Webb in the stands and announcer Brent Musburger piled on the compliments. As of noon Tuesday, she had topped 143,000 followers, trumping McCarron's 101,000. Before the game, Webb had only a few hundred.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Iranian students at the University of Minnesota say their TCF Bank accounts are being closed without explanation. One student, Amir Shiva, (uh-MEER' SHEE'-vuh), tells the Star Tribune ( http://bit.ly/VLIhbJ ) that he and his wife got a notification letter last month on the account they've had for five years. Shiva says he knows of 22 other Iranian students who got the same letter. Shiva says a bank representative told him the closure was due to new regulations, but couldn't elaborate.