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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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of students, professors and workers were evacuated from Louisiana State University's main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said. The evacuation was prompted by a threat phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. Calongne said the caller didn't direct the threat to any specific area of the campus. The university issued a statement on its website announcing the evacuation an hour later, then distributed the information through text messages, emails and social media.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death." Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday.