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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track. Undaunted, the 22-year-old political science and history major lobbied the English department and others starting last spring and through the summer and “kind of just made myself a problem,” he said. His persistence paid off.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Rochester pastor who shot and wounded his granddaughter, mistaking her for an intruder, says she's making progress in her recovery. The 16-year-old girl is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her upper torso. Her grandfather, Stanley Wilkinson, tells the Star Tribune her condition is improving.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul father has been sentenced to probation for negligently storing a gun that was used to shoot and injure his 2-year-old son. The toddler was shot in the head after his 9-year-old brother found the loaded gun in a file cabinet in his parents' bedroom last August. A criminal complaint says the older boy didn't know the gun was loaded. The younger child is in physical therapy and is recovering. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Lue Xiong's (zhong's) two years of probation include speaking to the public about gun safety.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An animal rights group is urging federal inspectors to fine Charles River Laboratories nearly $200,000 after the firm reported four more monkeys and other research animals died at its testing labs in Nevada and elsewhere since 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large fire at a warehouse in northeast Minneapolis. Authorities say a fire broke out Friday morning at Marshall Concrete Products. Large plumes of smoke are billowing from the plant, which is adjacent to Siwek Lumberyard. KMSP-TV says streets in the area are closed and power has been shut down. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
CHISAGO LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Volunteers and law enforcement personnel are resuming their search for a missing Oakdale woman. About 300 volunteers gathered Thursday to look for 27-year-old Danielle Jelinek. She was reported missing on Sunday after she disappeared from a home in Chisago Lake Township. Searchers are gathering at the Chisago City Community Center Friday morning to continue the search.
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster.
BEMIDJI – An 18-year-old woman who worked for a local convenience store is accused of illegally obtaining about $2,400 in fraudulent lottery winnings. Payton Lynzee Church has been charged with felony state lottery fraud, claiming a prize by fraud/deceit. She is scheduled to appear Monday in Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter. According to the criminal complaint:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy has been granted a rate hike that will have the average customer paying $9 more per month starting in January. The Public Utilities Commission approved the interim rate hike on Thursday, the Star Tribune reported ( http://bit.ly/TXAs4V ). The overall increase is $250 million, or about 9 percent. The higher rate stays in effect while the PUC considers another increase of nearly 11 percent in 2013. Minneapolis-based Xcel serves 1.2 million customers in Minnesota.