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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota charged with killing two teenage cousins who broke into his home on Thanksgiving is out of jail. Morrison County jail officials say 64-year-old Byron David Smith of rural Little Falls posted $50,000 cash as conditional bail on Tuesday morning. Judge Douglas Smith cut Smith's bail sharply Monday despite a plea by prosecutor Todd Kosovich to double or even triple it. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
BEIRUT (AP) — NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said he and his television crew were kidnapped for five days by pro-regime gunmen who subjected them to mock executions and kept them bound and blindfolded. They escaped during a firefight between their captors and rebels and reached Turkey on Tuesday. However, it was not immediately clear whether all those abducted with Engel were accounted for.
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.
CHISAGO LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Search warrants obtained in the case of a missing woman in Chisago County say trace evidence of blood was found in the home of the woman's boyfriend. A lab analysis report says the blood evidence was found on a bedroom floor, on the stairway and a family room couch in the Chisago Lake Township house. That's where Danielle Jelinek was last seen. She was reported missing by her family the next day, Dec. 9. Investigators say her on-again, off-again boyfriend is a "person of interest" in the disappearance, but is not charged.
APPLETON, Minn. (AP) — State officials say they're investigating the apparent abduction of a female in western Minnesota. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a crime alert which says a young female of unknown age was abducted by at least three people in a dark-colored SUV in the Swift County community of Appleton about 8 p.m. Monday. The BCA says a white, heavy-set man wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and dark pants got out of the SUV during the abduction. Investigators say at least two others were in the SUV, which was last seen heading south on Highway 7.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Parents in SUVs and pickup trucks are dropping off children and other students old enough to drive are pulling into the parking lot at the high school in Newtown, Conn., where schools are opening for the first time since last week's massacre. One student who was dropped off Tuesday stopped at a large makeshift memorial at the high school made of paper angels on sticks, green and white balloons, stuffed animals and American flags. One cardboard sign reads, "Our hearts and prayers are with you" and "little angels up in heaven."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks before the economy-threatening "fiscal cliff" is due to kick in, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making significant concessions, backing off what had once been ironclad positions on how to avoid the huge automatic spending cuts and tax increases.
by ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys — one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.
By KEVIN WOSTER Rapid City (S.D.) Journal,writer Black Hills National Forest officials will rely on streamlined regulations and extensive commercial tree thinning in a new attack plan against the mountain pine beetle aimed at protecting vulnerable areas before the bugs hit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, two other women say he harassed and stalked them online. The women, who both knew Chaney, say their lives have been irreparably damaged by his actions. One has anxiety and panic attacks; the other is depressed and paranoid. Both say Chaney was calculated, cruel and creepy: he sent nude photos they had taken of themselves to their family members.