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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941. The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank. Hawaii Air National Guard aircraft will fly overhead.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday downplayed the sluggish start of a statewide gambling initiative being counted on to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, saying doesn't plan to redo the financing package during the upcoming legislative session.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Revere fills Philadelphia’s need for a center fielder. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season. Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth straight NL East title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A delegation representing locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. is taking its case to the people who own the company. The union says it will hold a press conference before Thursday's annual shareholders meeting at a Fargo hotel, and then deliver petition signatures calling for the end of the lockout. A Crystal spokesman says the company will hold its own news conference shortly after noon Thursday. Moorhead, Minn.-based American Crystal is a cooperative owned by about 2,800 sugar beet growers.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications dropped 25,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 370,000.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — State officials estimate several thousand people are attending a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the estimated 3,200 people at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville include about 2,300 law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and Canada. The 31-year-old officer was fatally shot Thursday when he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas. Bielema has agreed to become the new coach of the Razorbacks, according to a person familiar with the situation that was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The person, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the hire, said a news conference was planned for Wednesday. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long tweeted that an announcement was planned Tuesday evening.
NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Wrongful death lawsuits have been settled over a New Ulm bed and breakfast fire that killed six people last year. A Brown County judge approved a request Monday to keep the settlement amounts and allocations confidential. The fire at the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast killed the inn's owner, Roberta McCrea, her two daughters and three guests on July 2, 2011. Four others escaped the fire. Four wrongful death claims and one injury claim were filed against McCrea's estate.
NEW YORK (AP) — The late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz was once so infatuated with a young woman 23 years his junior he sent her dozens of romantic letters and drawings of his beloved cartoon characters. Many of the themes of that correspondence made it into his daily comic strips at the time. Now those love notes from 1970-1971 are being offered for sale at Sotheby's in New York by the family of Tracey Claudius, who the auction house says is ill at her home near Philadelphia. It's estimated the notes will fetch $250,000 to $350,000 at the Dec. 14 auction.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 34-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of a police officer in a small central Minnesota city was released from custody Tuesday after authorities determined they did not have enough evidence to file charges. The investigation into the killing of 31-year-old Officer Tom Decker in Cold Spring continues, and authorities were still looking for the 20-gauge shotgun that is believed to be the murder weapon, officials said.