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DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign Wednesday night for a nationally televised debate that will give millions of Americans a chance to size up two fierce competitors in a moment of high-risk theater.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican police said Wednesday they found thousands of documents hidden inside the home of Pope Benedict XVI 's former butler, including original documents signed by the pope bearing indications they should be destroyed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State officials have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reject an attempt by animal welfare groups to block the resumption of wolf hunting in the state. Attorneys representing the Department of Natural Resources say the lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves is without legal merit.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud hospital is disputing a state Department of Health report that links the death of a patient to contaminated IV bags. About two dozen patients contracted a bacterial infection from IV bags that were contaminated when a nurse replaced narcotic painkillers with salt water. The state investigation found six patients ended up in the intensive care unit and one patient died. Three others needed unexpected surgery.
CROMWELL, Minn. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in a Carlton County highway crash that killed a pickup driver and his passenger. The Minnesota State Patrol says a car driven by a 26-year-old Cloquet woman crossed the center line on Highway 210 near Cromwell Monday and struck the pickup. The truck veered into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a vehicle pulling a trailer.
MANKATO - A southern Minnesota man who veered into oncoming traffic last year, killing another driver and a woman with whom he allegedly was having sex with while driving, has pleaded guilty in exchange for a recommended four-year prison term. Mark Anders Chalin, 24, entered his guilty plea to criminal vehicular homicide on Monday in Blue Earth District Court, The Free Press reported.
DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest are authorizing a strike, if union leaders and the telecommunications company can't reach a contract agreement. The Communications Workers of America said Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action. The union and Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees before the current contract expires Saturday night. The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Detroit man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for assaulting a former Minnesota college football player. Twenty-five-year-old Ricardo Thornton also will have to split paying more than $115,000 in restitution with another defendant. The Post-Bulletin reports Thornton entered an Alford plea in April. An Alford plea allows defendants to maintain innocence while acknowledging the evidence is enough for conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane says being invited to host the 2013 Academy Awards “was the greatest call that I could have gotten in show business.” Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Monday that MacFarlane will host the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony in February.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol on Monday, killing 14 people including three Americans in the latest attack on an increasingly fraught program to help Afghan forces take over security so foreign troops can withdraw from the country over the next two years.