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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mayors from more than three dozen communities along the Mississippi River are coming together in hopes of drawing attention — specifically that of federal lawmakers — to the challenges they face on the banks of the nation's largest waterway.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve unleashed a series of bold and open-ended steps Thursday designed to stimulate the economy by boosting the stock market and making it cheaper for people to borrow and spend. The Fed said it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it deems necessary to make home buying more affordable. It plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid-2015 — six months longer than previously planned. And it's ready to try other stimulative measures if hiring doesn't pick up.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With anti-U.S. protests spreading in the Arab world, President Barack Obama says the U.S. would not consider Egypt an ally, "but we don't consider them an enemy." Obama said in an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo that Egypt is a "new government that is trying to find its way." And he warned that if the Egyptian government takes actions showing "they're not taking responsibility," then it would "be a real big problem."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The drought and dry conditions are expanding across Minnesota. Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 83.5 percent of Minnesota is now rated abnormally dry. It also shows an area of moderate drought now extending into east-central Minnesota including the northern Twin Cities metro area. The only part of the state the Drought Monitor doesn't rate as abnormally dry or worse is northeastern Minnesota, which has not been going unscathed.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he will announce Thursday which local construction projects will get a slice of a $47.5 million state grant fund. The governor is making the final picks after local governments submitted nearly 100 projects that didn't make it into a public works bill earlier this year. Lawmakers put the money into the bonding bill and gave Dayton the final word on the selections.
ELKO, Minn. (AP) — The parents of a baby who died at a day care provider's home in Scott County have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Three-month-old Grant Maloney died while sleeping at the day care home in Elko last February. The infant rolled over onto a small pillow and died from asphyxiation.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The former teacher and coach of a 24-year-old woman shot and killed outside a Sioux Falls hair salon describes her as a fun-loving and hard-working young lady who was a joy to have in the classroom. Police say the salon manager was killed Tuesday trying to protect an employee. Amanda Connors attended school in Ellsworth, Minn., beginning in second grade. She graduated in 2007. Teacher Ken Kvaale (KWAH'-lee) tells KELO-TV ( http://bit.ly/QlXBcB ) that Connors was a sparkplug in both athletics and the classroom.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Russ Paine had never met anyone like Adrian Peterson. Paine has done decades of work with professional athletes, and Peterson's return to the Minnesota backfield about 8½ months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee still left him amazed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins knew there were going to be some bumps in the road when they started using catcher Ryan Doumit in left field as a way to keep his big bat in the lineup. They hit a pretty big one in the eighth inning on Wednesday night. Doumit committed three errors in Kansas City's four-run inning, helping the Royals turn a tight game into a 10-5 victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, with a bigger display. The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the U.S. and eight other countries next Friday, Sept. 21. Even though it's taller than the iPhone 4S, it's lighter, thanks to a new screen technology that makes the whole phone thinner.