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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured. Giffords and Mark Kelly wrote in an op-ed published in USA Today that their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative would help raise money to support greater gun control efforts.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Recent water main breaks that released millions of gallons of water in downtown Duluth and Minneapolis have focused attention on aging underground pipes that are common in other cities as well.
NEW YORK (AP) — One of hockey's greatest and most private stars, Bobby Orr, is finally telling his life story. "Orr: My Story" will be released in October by G.P. Putnam's Sons. The former Boston Bruins defenseman and three-time Hart Trophy winner as the National Hockey League's most valuable player is promising to share some experiences he believes "worth putting down on paper."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested. More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas. The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer every 25 minutes. It's the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but health officials say the risk is largely preventable.
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a White Bear Lake garage. The man was arrested in St. Paul Monday night. Police spokesman Howie Padilla says detectives had information that led them to a residence in St. Paul where they made the arrest. The Star Tribune says authorities have not yet said how the woman died. Her body was found Monday afternoon. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two jaguar cubs are providing more than just cooing fans for Milwaukee's zoo. The spotted brothers are introducing new genes to the endangered species' captive population because unlike most zoo babies, their father was born in the wild. The blue-eyed cubs, born Nov. 13, don't officially have names just yet, but keepers at the Milwaukee County Zoo are calling them "Gaps" and "Dots," due to the markings on their heads.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers' unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold. MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, said chief executive officer Don Stull said. The process could eliminate bakers' need for preservatives and ingredients used to mask preservatives' flavor, as well as reduce food waste and increase bread's shelf life, he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick of Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP colleague, and several skeptical Democrats reserved judgment until the nominee explains his views on Israel and Iran. The concerns about Hagel complicate his path to Senate confirmation but are not necessarily calamitous as the White House pushes for the first Vietnam War veteran to oversee a military emerging from two wars and staring at deep budget cuts.
CHICAGO (AP) — Urooj Khan had returned to Chicago from the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia inspired to lead a better life and had sworn off buying lottery tickets — except just this once. To his astonishment, the scratch-off ticket was a $1 million winner. But the day after the state issued the check last July, Khan suddenly died, leaving authorities with a baffling mystery and a homicide investigation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crews have finished repairing a ruptured water main that spilled about 14 million gallons of water in downtown Minneapolis last week. Officials say the water system is being disinfected. Water samples from the repaired line will be tested Tuesday, and regular water service is expected to resume Wednesday once the water is confirmed safe to drink. A backup service using temporary lines has been serving six building that have been without water since Thursday's break at a construction site.