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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with killing a father and son at their La Crosse photography store stole $16,000 in camera equipment, police said Thursday. Prosecutors have charged 39-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch, of Dakota, Minn., with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of armed robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was expected to appear at an extradition hearing in Winona County District Court later Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite the drought that parched the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects Minnesota farmers will harvest 1.39 million bushels of corn, up 15 percent from last year. If that estimate holds true, it would beat the state record of 1.29 billion bushels set in 2010. Minnesota's average corn yield is forecast at 168 bushels per acre, a 12 bushel improvement from last year, but below the record of 177 bushels two years ago.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new survey says schools in Minnesota don't always meet state mandates for art education. The Perpich Center for Arts Education report released Thursday says fewer than half of all middle and high schools offer all of the required arts, drama, music and dance classes. Twenty-eight percent of elementary schools in Minnesota offer the art education courses.
AP — Page after page of damning details. They came from computer records, books, media reports and, maybe most significantly, the people Lance Armstrong used to train alongside and celebrate with. The people he used to call his friends.
Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death in 2004. Earlier this summer, a separate pharmaceutical firm with common owners was accused of failing to separate sterile and non-sterile supplies. That pharmaceutical company was shut down Wednesday for inspections, the latest example of fallout from the growing outbreak.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two American researchers won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals like danger or the flavor of food. Such studies are key for developing better drugs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man with many aliases who was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fire investigators say a wildfire that destroyed several homes in the northwest town of Karlstad this month was probably arson. The Department of Natural Resources says the fire is still being investigated, and a $6,000 reward is being offered for information that helps identify the person who set it.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A 21-year-old Texas man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Willmar has confessed to two murders in Texas, a prosecutor said Monday. Esequiel Gomez Jr. is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the July 29 sexual assault. He has admitted to the sexual assault along with confessing to a double murder and sexual assault case in Texas, according to statements made Monday by Assistant County Attorney Dain Olson in Kandiyohi County District Court.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — “Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!” Afghanistan's first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone. With her first rap song, the outspoken 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage. She is already shunned by some of her relatives. But for Firooz, the best way to express herself is through rap, a musical genre that is just starting to generate a following in Afghanistan.