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NEW YORK (AP) — The tastes of the reading public are turning digital. A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year. Readers of traditional books dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent. Overall, those reading books of any kind dropped from 78 percent to 75 percent, a shift Pew called statistically insignificant.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is warning Minnesotans to be wary of scam artists selling water treatment systems. Officials have seen a rise in complaints about deceptive sales pitches for water treatment systems, following investigations of groundwater contamination in Washington County and elsewhere in Minnesota. The Health Department says in most cases, the systems are unnecessary and are being sold for thousands of dollars more than they were cost if purchased through a reputable water treatment company.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An agriculture organization is starting a mobile service that offers fresh fruits and vegetables to tribal reservations in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota. A Wisconsin Public Radio report says the project is sponsored by the Intertribal Agricultural Council. The aim is to give tribes access to foods that are fresher and more nutritious. Project leader Dan Cornelius says the program will also give farmers access to more customers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal report says the pilot of a plane that crashed in central Minnesota wasn't equipped or trained to fly in low clouds. Stuart Dahlberg, his wife Ivelisse Morillo, and his mother, Mae Dahlberg died when their single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down in a farm field near Glencoe, Minn. in March.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating the apparent stabbing death of a woman. According to police, patrol officers were dispatched to a house around 3:40 a.m. Thursday after paramedics found the woman dead. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is expected to investigate the exact cause of death. Police say there were no suspects in custody Thursday morning. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
CROSBY, Minn. (AP) — A 28-year-old man is accused of entering a Crosby house on Christmas Day and stealing their gifts. Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin says police responded to a residence after a report of a burglary in progress at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. At that point the suspect ran out with Christmas presents in hand. The Brainerd Dispatch reports he was apprehended hiding near another home. Coughlin says some presents were recovered when the suspect dropped them while fleeing. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road. But now, a deadline hard ahead, even derided half-measures are uncertain as President Barack Obama and lawmakers struggle to avert across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that comprise an economy-threatening fiscal cliff. Congressional officials said Wednesday they knew of no significant strides toward a compromise over a long Christmas weekend, and no negotiations have been set.
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Author Dennis Lehane is offering an unusual reward for the person who finds his family's beloved missing beagle. Lehane says he'll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa, who disappeared from the family's home in Brookline, Mass., this week. He says on his Facebook page that Tessa jumped a fence at the home, and even though she has been micro-chipped, she was not wearing her tags. Lehane says Tessa is "smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet."
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in state capitals across the country are talking ambitiously about what they'll do next year with the unchecked power they amassed in the fall elections. In more states than not, one party now has full control of government. But you won't hear much brash talk in Des Moines. Here, party leaders are warning supporters about what they shouldn't look forward to next year and speaking mildly about compromises.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes. City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine if Lynden's soda fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again. The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the offering violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon character lighters.