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WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota's members of Congress who were elected in November are being sworn in at the U.S. Capitol. The 113th Congress convenes at noon eastern time on Thursday. New and returning members will be sworn in immediately, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the state's eight U.S. representatives. Democrat Rick Nolan will be the state's only new member of Congress. And he's a veteran after previously served in Congress in the late 1970. Nolan staged a comeback by defeating Republican Chip Cravaack in northeastern Minnesota's 8th Congressional District.
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, for about $700 million.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials predict it could be one of the worst flu seasons in years in Minnesota. Flu patients have been filling urgent care centers and emergency rooms across the state. More than 120 Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu in the week ending Dec. 22, nearly twice the number of cases in the previous week, health officials said. And it’s still early in the flu season. “That suggests this has the potential to be severe,” said Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' hectic resolution of the "fiscal cliff" crisis is the latest in a long series of decisions by lawmakers and the White House to do less than promised — and to ask Americans for little sacrifice — in confronting the nation's burgeoning debt. The deal will generate $600 billion in new revenue over 10 years, less than half the amount President Barack Obama first called for. It will raise income tax rates only on the very rich, despite Obama's campaign for broader increases.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been speaking with staff and reviewing paperwork from the New York hospital where she is recovering from a blood clot in her head, the State Department said Wednesday. Doctors continue to monitor Clinton's progress and her response to blood thinners intended to dissolve the clot. Aides said there was no update Wednesday on her condition, but emphasized that the secretary remained engaged with staff in Washington who are handling U.S. foreign policy in her absence.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In a bold challenge to the NCAA's powers, Pennsylvania's governor claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports' governing body overstepped its authority and "piled on" when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Gov. Tom Corbett asked that a federal judge throw out the sanctions, which include an unprecedented $60 million fine and a four-year ban on bowl games, arguing that the measures have harmed students, business owners and others who had nothing to do with Sandusky's crimes.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A 28-year-old man is in jail after a New Year's fight in an Eagan apartment that left his roommate dead. Police and firefighters along with paramedics were called to the apartment building just before midnight Tuesday. The caller told the dispatcher he had been fighting with the 36-year-old victim earlier and the man was now unresponsive. Officers saw injuries on the victim's face. Attempts to revive the man failed. Authorities have not released his name.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Unforgettable songs like "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window" made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world. When unspecified health problems finally stopped her decades of touring, though, Page wrote a sad-but-resolute letter to her fans late last year about the change.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Delays in Exxon Mobil Corp.'s response to a major pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River made an oil spill far worse than it otherwise would have been, federal regulators said in a new report. The July 2011 rupture fouled 70 miles of riverbank along the scenic Yellowstone, killing fish and wildlife and prompting a massive, months-long cleanup. The damage could have been significantly reduced if pipeline controllers had acted more quickly, according to Department of Transportation investigators.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ty Pennington is doing some traveling again, this time for the HLN television network. HLN said Wednesday that Pennington, who stars in "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," will host a monthly series called "American Journey." It will focus on people with unusual lifestyles, and debuts Saturday, Jan. 12. Each episode will air multiple times over the weekend on the network formerly known as CNN Headline News, with a new edition starting each month.