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BLUE EARTH, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota school bus driver accused of slapping a 6-year-old passenger has agreed to a deal with the prosecutor. Under the agreement, the prosecutor will dismiss the complaint against 72-year-old Jane Brooks if Brooks has no assault or disorderly conduction violations for a year. If Brooks fails, the prosecutor could reinstate criminal proceedings. Prosecutor Troy Timmerman tells the Sentinel of Fairmont that Brooks does not have to enter a plea or admit to any wrongdoing.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a stolen rifle from someone he knew, authorities said Wednesday. Jacob Tyler Roberts had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland mall on Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That's part of a historic shift that already is reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race. The official projection, released Wednesday by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, which were made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was fully known.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP. A Homeland Security spokesman, Peter Boogaard, said Wednesday that it was "categorically false" that the department delayed the arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, 18, until after the election.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Medical marijuana supporters face a tough challenge this legislative session in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't sign anything without the backing of law enforcement — and authorities say they're strongly opposed. Proponents say medical decisions should be left to doctors, not law officers. Tom Lehman, a lobbyist for marijuana use for the chronically ill, says Minnesota's proposal would have tight restrictions. He says advocates will try to sit down and with law enforcement.
HERMAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state archaeologist is investigating the disappearance of a pioneer cemetery near Herman. Scott Anfinson says he used Department of Natural Resources aerial photos and satellite mapping to confirm that the Boerner (BOHR'-nur) family cemetery was gone. Anfinson tells KFGO-AM he drove by the site recently and clearly could see the changes. Anfinson was notified not long after the cemetery's disappearance was reported to the Grant County sheriff.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a serious love recession, and chapels in a city accustomed to playing the numbers aren't about to let the latest money-making opportunity pass — Dec. 12, 2012. They are hoping the lure of a wedding license stamped with a once-in-a-century 12-12-12 will help boost revenue. Sin City's share of the weddings business has fallen by a third since 2004 as cities from New Orleans to New York have gotten into the elopement industry.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former money manager convicted in a Ponzi scheme is offering to pay victims $19 million in return for a lenient sentence. Jason "Bo" Beckman is facing a possible life sentence on 15 fraud and money-laundering charges related to a $194 Ponzi scheme run by a business associate. The fraudulent investment scheme bilked more than 700 people, mostly retirees.
MINNEAPOLIS – A 22-year-old Ponemah man was sentenced Wednesday for stabbing another man while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Randall Dean Jones was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle to 41 months in federal prison for one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, according to a Department of Justice news release. Jones, who was indicted March 20, pleaded guilty on May 17.
NEW DELHI (AP) — With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.