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LONDON (AP) — The British hospital treating a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban raised hopes for her recovery Friday when doctors said she was able to stand with some help and to write. Malala Yousufzai appeared with her eyes open and alert as she lay in a hospital bed, in the first photographs released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham since she arrived from Pakistan on Monday.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A northeastern Minnesota park closed for four months due to flooding damage is reopening. The Duluth News Tribune reports the Jay Cooke State Park will reopen Monday, after flooding washed away roads, trails and bridges. The park reopens its office, interpretive center, campground and camper cabins to the public. Campsites and cabins will be available first-come, first-served through the end of the month. On Nov. 1, the state will begin accepting lodging reservations.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files identify 23 Minnesota men from 13 communities. The files stretch from 1960 to 1984. They detail allegations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Eagan, Mounds View, St. Louis Park, Apple Valley, Maplewood, International Falls, Chisholm, Faribault, Rochester, and Moorhead. The files also identify an incident in "Bernidji," but no supporting documentation or names was provided.
DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit's starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series. Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sabathia, who was unable to prevent the Yankees from getting swept in a postseason series for the first time in 32 years.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials have told school lunch programs in 16 states to check to see if they have Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches that might contain peanut butter from a New Mexico company subject to a nationwide recall over salmonella contamination — and not to serve them. The J.M. Smucker Co. says it used peanut butter from Sunland Inc. in “limited production runs” of 72-count bulk packs of the sandwiches that went to schools under the National School Lunch Program.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drought conditions are straining water supplies in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, leading Minnesota officials on Thursday to urge residents to cut back on their water use. Some companies have even been ordered to switch from streams to alternative supplies. State officials are asking residents to forgo such things as watering their lawns and trees or washing their cars. Farmers and businesses also are being asked to curtail their water use.
NEW YORK (AP) — After vowing not to get involved in this year's presidential election, Bruce Springsteen is supporting Barack Obama again, saying he believes Obama is the best person to lead America. The Boss posted a message on his website Wednesday night endorsing Obama's re-election, saying he had been “getting asked a lot about where I stand.” Springsteen is making his debut on the 2012 campaign trail Thursday at events in Cleveland and Ames, Iowa, with former President Bill Clinton.
RAMSEY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. Her bulging campaign treasury and conservative district make her a clear favorite to win a fourth House term on Election Day, despite her Democratic rival's attempts to turn her won't-budge philosophy into a liability.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up. The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update released Thursday shows that 62.4 percent the lower 48 states remained mired in some form of drought during a seven-day period ending Tuesday. That's down more than a percentage point from the previous week and a welcome sign for farmers enduring the nation's worst drought in decades.