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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate remains a full two percentage points better than the national average. Figures for September show the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Minnesota fell to 5.8 percent, a tick lower than September. The national rate for the month was 7.8 percent.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man who used to own McDonald's restaurants in North Dakota is about $10,000 richer after selling a 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce to a buyer in Chicago. The sauce was used on McJordan Burgers, named for basketball icon Michael Jordan. The promotional item was sold in limited markets for a short time in the 1990s, when Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.
DENVER (AP) — Police were investigating the deaths of five people whose bodies were found in a neighborhood bar after a fire broke out around closing time early Wednesday. Police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings. Firefighters found four women and one man dead inside Fero's Bar & Grill. The fire was reported around 2 a.m. "There is just trauma, enough information to believe that we have a homicide that occurred here. They didn't perish in the fire," police Commander Ronald Saunier said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves worked hard in the offseason to add talented veterans and make the roster deeper and better able to withstand injuries. Kevin Love's broken right hand is about to put that depth to a serious test. The two-time All-Star will miss the next six to eight weeks after breaking his right hand in a workout. During a Wednesday morning workout before practice, Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand, the team said.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former police officer who accused other officers of illegally accessing her driver's license information has reached tentative settlements with St. Paul and other cities worth $665,000. Anne Marie Rasmusson, who worked for Eden Prairie and St. Paul, claimed that more than 140 officers looked at her private data between 2005 and 2012 without a legitimate reason.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Fresh off an intently combative debate, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are taking their tuned-up fight to the precious few battleground states where the election is still up for grabs with just 20 days to go.
America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they don't help prevent chronic diseases and some have even caused problems.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Transcripts from 911 calls made as a man killed six people at a Minneapolis sign company show terrified employees called for help while racing to leave. Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Engeldinger fatally shot six people and then killed himself in the building's basement after learning he was fired Sept. 27 at Accent Signage Systems. The City of Minneapolis released 20 pages of 911 transcripts, as well as the audio of police calls to emergency dispatchers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is now tracking concussions at 42 high schools. The information will give Minnesota medical professionals a better sense of concussion recovery for high school athletes. As the fall sports season progresses and more data is gathered, the Minnesota Department of Health will assess the information. So far, through the first seven weeks of the season, 373 student athletes have been diagnosed with a concussion.
By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Writer