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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two groups have filed a lawsuit to try to block the opening of Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall. The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves say the Department of Natural Resources failed to provide a proper opportunity for public comment on recently approved rules establishing the wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Wolves came off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan last January, and the Minnesota Legislature authorized the resumption of wolf hunting and trapping last session.
EAST BETHEL, Minn. (AP) — A woman is charged in Anoka County with driving drunk in a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle. A criminal complaint says 42-year-old Paula Larson was intoxicated when her SUV collided with the bike in East Bethel Sunday. Larson is facing two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the deaths of 48-year-old John Jordan of St. Francis and 46-year-old Patricia Kalla of Big Lake. The Star Tribune reports a preliminary breath test measured Larson's blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed Minnesota voter ID amendment say it will protect the integrity of the state's election system, while opponents point to several studies finding the kind of fraud the proposed requirement is designed to prevent is extremely rare. Weeks before voters get the chance to decide whether to approve an amendment to the state constitution to require a photo ID at the polls, deep divisions persist about whether it's needed, Minnesota Public Radio reported Tuesday ( http://bit.ly/Sxh7lt ).
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse? Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi’s current 35 percent obesity rate.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota team has won a $600,000 federal grant to develop biotechnology for purifying wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. The practice, commonly known as fracking, uses hydraulic pressure to release natural gas and oil, but it carries possible environmental and public health risks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The campaign to defeat the constitutional gay marriage ban on November's ballot is airing its first TV commercial featuring a suburban, Catholic married couple talking about their friendship with a lesbian couple who live next door. John and Kim Canny of Savage star in the ad that starts airing Tuesday. It identifies them as Catholic Republicans married 13 years, and the couple says they never thought much about same-sex marriage until a gay couple moved in next door with an adopted son.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on the corn and soybean harvests. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that the soybean harvest advanced to 16 percent complete as of Sunday, compared with 1 percent for the five-year average. The corn harvest advanced to 12 percent, compared with a 1 percent average.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Family and friends of a Winona State University graduate who died in Vietnam under unexplained circumstances have launched a letter-writing campaign to get the U.S. government to seek answers. Kari Bowerman, 27, of Lake Geneva, Wis., and her friend, Cathy Huynh, 26, of Hamilton, Ontario, became sick and died shortly after they arrived in Vietnam in late July for a vacation. Their families say they've been unable to obtain an explanation of why they died from Vietnamese authorities or U.S. consular officials in Vietnam.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period. Since Apple started taking iPhone 5 orders on its website at 3 a.m. EDT on Friday, buyers who have a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless have been able to order the phone for $199 (16 gigabyte model), $299 (32 GB) or $399 (64 GB model).
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerry Wiseman notices it's harder to turn and check his car's blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his wife took a refresher driving course, hunting tips to stay safe behind the wheel for many more years — a good idea considering their state has arguably the nation's toughest older-driver laws.