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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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the release of thousands of pages of personnel files that would identify Roman Catholic priests accused of child molestation and their leaders in the church. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias contradicts a previous order in 2010 by another judge that allowed the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to redact the names of church higher-ups. Attorneys for the archdiocese previously said they planned to make the confidential files public by the middle of this month with the names of the church hierarchy blacked out.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The families of victims of the Colorado theater shooting sat through emotional testimony Monday from police officers who tried to save the lives of the wounded. One sergeant recalled during the hearing for suspected gunman James Holmes that he checked and did not find a pulse for the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Another who drove the wounded to the hospital said he had to stop one man worried about his 7-year-old daughter from jumping out of the moving patrol car.
ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) - Although lawyers for Prince say the entertainer has given French tax collectors everything they wanted, the IRS says he still needs to obey the summons it issued for him. The two tax returns that Prince's representatives turned over to French officials were undated and unsigned, and a lawyer for the IRS says the agency isn't sure the documents are all the French need.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in 40 years, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the Oscar nominations. Academy officials say Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone Thursday to reveal the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards. This is the first time since 1972 that an Oscar host has participated in the nominations announcement. Charlton Heston was the only other show host to announce Oscar nominees.
SYDNEY (AP) — They're starring in a play about a woman reluctant to age and the perils of passing time, but veteran actors James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury say that life in their 80s continues to be exciting thanks to their determination to keep doing what they love. Jones and Lansbury, in Australia to star in a touring production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-Prize winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," say the thrill of performing has propelled them throughout their decades-long careers and gives them the energy necessary to keep up with their often grueling schedules.
BEMIDJI – The United Way of Bemidji Area’s Victory Dinner is scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Hungry Bear Banquet Center, 2300 24th St. NW. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Jan. 22. The cost is $22 per person, which includes a dinner of chicken breat stuffed with wild rice and ricotta cheese, topped with roasted red pepper sauce, vegetable, potato and salad. The event beings with a 5:30 p.m. social and cash bar. The 6 p.m. dinner will be followed by a program and awards at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.
WASECA, Minn. (AP) — As the drought deepens, homeowners across southern Minnesota are reporting shifting foundations and cracks in basements and walls. The dry conditions effectively have been locked into the frozen soil. And as dry soils shrink, homes sink. Insurance typically doesn't cover the damage. Among those affected are Shannon and Jon Cliff, whose home in Waseca has been damaged by the shifting ground. It sits on soil that's rich in peat moss and clay. As the clay and moss shrank, a 4-inch gap formed between the foundation and the ground.