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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Have you spent your life hunting for the perfect wife? Maybe you have met the one but are feeling gun shy? An Iowa jeweler is offering free rifles for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1,999 on an engagement ring at his store near Iowa City. Jeweler Harold van Beek told KCRG near Cedar Rapids that he wanted to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer."
BOSTON (AP) — Police say a group of subway commuters jumped onto the tracks in Cambridge to rescue a Minnesota woman who had fallen and appeared to be unconscious. A MBTA spokesman said the 54-year-old woman, Tamara Woodard of Moorhead, was taken to the hospital for minor neck and back pain after the fall at the Kendall Square station Sunday. An MBTA police officer said Woodard apparently stepped backward too far while talking with some friends and her husband, David Wayne, who was one of the roughly five people who jumped in to help her.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in the state linked to tainted steroids has risen to five. Department spokesman Buddy Ferguson said he did not immediately have details on the fifth case. The higher number was reported Monday on a department web page on the outbreak. Health officials say more than 800 Minnesotans may have been exposed to the tainted steroids when they received spinal injections at Twin Cities pain clinics.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two groups have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to block the state's wolf hunting and trapping season. The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves filed an emergency motion with the state's highest court Monday after the Minnesota Court of Appeals turned them down Wednesday. The Court of Appeals ruled they failed to show irreparable harm would result from letting the state's inaugural wolf hunting season open Nov. 3.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman who told family members she feared for her life was killed in an alley behind a St. Paul church, according to police and relatives. Relatives said Naressa Turner, an aspiring rapper, moved to Atlanta with her 3-year-old daughter this summer because she had been getting death threats over social media sites. People mistakenly believed she had witnessed a murder this year in St. Paul, her family told the Star Tribune.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has confirmed its first two influenza cases for the 2012-13 season. The Minnesota Department of Health says its lab confirmed flu infections in a 25-year-old Olmsted County woman and a 12-year old Hennepin County child. Neither patient was hospitalized. The department's official monitoring for the season began Oct. 1. The flu season in Minnesota typically runs from October through April, and peaks in February, but the department says cases can occur sporadically throughout the year, including summer.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A dream alignment for numerologists has come true in the delivery room of a Des Moines hospital. The Des Moines Register reports that Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians. So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14.
LONDON (AP) — While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday accused the vice president of "doubling down on denial" over the deadly invasion at the U.S. Consulate in Libya, leaving the White House to defend its handling of the attack that killed its ambassador and three other Americans. Biden said in a debate Thursday night that "we weren't told" there had been requests for more security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi ahead of the terrorist attack one month ago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota regents are considering a freeze on undergraduate tuition. The Board of Regents meets Friday to take up President Eric Kaler's proposed $1 billion biennial budget. Kaler is asking for $91 million more during the biennium, an increase of about 8 percent. Part of that, $14 million for each of the two years, would be linked to a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates.