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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anyone in Minnesota with the ambition, the time and the travel resources can get a front seat to the legislative process. The House and Senate both have public galleries, and most session days feature up to a dozen committee hearings all open to the public. The session that starts Tuesday should provide a good show: Democrats fully run the Capitol for the first time in years, and there are likely to be hot debates over tax increases, legal gay marriage, gun laws and plenty of other interesting issues.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is meeting with education officials at an Eagan middle school to discuss ways to ensure school safety in Minnesota. The first-term Democrat is also holding a press conference Monday at the school to discuss the issue. Franken, a member of the Senate's education committee, plans to meet with a group of educators, child advocates and school-safety officials to talk about the issue.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — Sleepy Eye and New Ulm schools have added extra security as students head back to classes following the arrest of a juvenile accused of making threats of a shooting. Sleepy Eye Public Schools Superintendent John Cselovszki notified parents that a suspect was in custody for making threats and that security would be added Monday. Sleepy Eye police investigated the threats after they were notified of a Facebook posting. Investigators say the threats were directed at several area schools.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a suspected robber of a suburban Detroit restaurant who apparently returned months later to get some food is under arrest after being recognized by employees. The Oakland County sheriff's department says workers at a McDonald's in Pontiac spotted the 40-year-old man Saturday in the drive-thru. Sheriff's deputies responded and took the Pontiac man into custody. He was being held at the Oakland County Jail pending charges. The robbery happened Oct. 5. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man in Massachusetts says all he heard was a hiss before a bobcat pounced on him in his own garage, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back. Roger Mundell Jr. went into the garage in Brookfield on Sunday morning to fetch some tie-down straps for a friend when the animal attacked. It then ran out of the garage and bit Mundell's 15-year-old nephew on the arms and back. Mundell and his wife pinned the cat to the ground and shot it dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America has reached a settlement with Fannie Mae on residential mortgage loans sold by the bank and its Countrywide unit to the agency ahead of the nation's 2008 financial crisis. The settlement includes a $3.6 billion payment to Fannie Mae. Bank of America will also buy back some of the loans sold to Fannie Mae for $6.75 billion. Its stock gained more than 2 percent in premarket trading.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American Eagle pilot was suspended after failing a blood-alcohol test as he prepared to fly on Friday from Minneapolis to New York City, authorities said. Police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport said officers and a Transportation Security Administration agent smelled alcohol as they passed the pilot waiting to get on an elevator. The pilot was conducting preflight checks at about 6 a.m. when police boarded the aircraft, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — It would've cost big bucks to get Republican Tim Pawlenty to return to Ames, where his presidential campaign ended in 2011 after a poor finish at the Iowa Straw Poll. Emails released by Iowa State University show its Harkin Institute of Public Policy wanted Pawlenty to come speak last month about Iowa's leadoff role in the presidential nominating process.
NEW YORK (AP) — Is Target's grocery aisle ready for its close up? Target is pushing its food, laundry detergent and other groceries in a national ad campaign that pokes fun at high-fashion advertising by featuring models interacting with everyday products. In one ad, a model in a white dress and high heels struts by blueberry muffin and cake mix boxes that explode in different colors. Then she crushes an egg with her hand. "Dominate that PTA bake sale," a voiceover whispers. "The Everyday Collection. By Target."