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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court and says a Minnesota woman who shared songs online owes record companies $222,000 for copyright violations. A three-judge appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis erred when he cut the judgment against Jammie Thomas-Rasset to $54,000. Juries ruled against the Brainerd woman in three separate trials since 2006. Davis said the last judgment, of $1.5 million dollars, was appalling.
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks Tuesday in familiar but subdued ceremonies that put grieving families ahead of politicians and suggested it's time to move on after a decade of remembrance. As in past years, thousands gathered at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A German agricultural equipment manufacturer has picked St. Cloud to launch its first U.S. operations. Geringhoff, of Ahlen, Germany, expects its $20 million plant will employ about 100 people. The 132-year company evaluated 40 U.S. factories before deciding on a former door and lumber plant in St. Cloud's Airport Industrial Park. The state will provide Geringhoff with a $500,000 loan. Geringhoff CEO Daniel Hansmeier says St. Cloud will be a foundation to create an even larger presence across North America.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's campaign watchdog says corporations and other groups are still required to reveal campaign fundraising and spending later this month after a federal appeals court found part of the state's disclosure law probably unconstitutional. Campaign Finance Board director Gary Goldsmith said Monday he is notifying several hundred political funds that they still have to file campaign finance reports later this month. Goldsmith says the board won't make inactive groups file one-page reports after the court found those reports "onerous."
BENA, Minn. (AP) — The bodies of two men have been recovered from a Cass County lake after their boat capsized in strong wind. The sheriff's department received a report of a capsized boat on Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena on Saturday about 6:30 p.m. Responding deputies found the boat and several items floating nearby. The area was searched by boat and by air until dark. Authorities say the wind was gusting between 30 mph and 40 mph at the time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several mayors of cities along the Mississippi River will gather in St. Louis this week to discuss ways to make the mighty waterway more sustainable. Thursday's gathering comes amid one of the worst droughts in recent memory. Low water on the Mississippi continues to affect river traffic and recreation. The meeting is the first for the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative. Member mayors hope to engage state and federal officials in efforts to assure the long-term well-being of the river and the communities that line it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's first carry of the afternoon was unremarkable in style, a simple 4-yard gain after a stutter step at the line of scrimmage. But the Minnesota crowd realized the significance and cheered Peterson almost as loudly as when he sprinted out of the tunnel during the pregame introduction. The Vikings star returned without any trouble, rewarding his team's trust in his repaired left knee with a typical two-touchdown performance.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man working on a water project in Bismarck died when he was struck by a backhoe bucket while in a trench installing pipe. The 36-year-old man from Minnesota was not immediately identified. Authorities say he was working on Bismarck's new $16 million water intake project when the incident happened Sunday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Authorities are turning over the investigation to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who appeared to win the Sioux Falls Marathon was disqualified for running the wrong course, but he said he was not trying to cheat. Olok Nykew, 37, of St. Paul, Minn., registered for the full marathon and crossed the finish line first Sunday. But his fast time raised eyebrows, and race officials determined that he had run only the half-marathon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety officials say the number of pedestrian deaths has risen sharply this year. Twenty-three pedestrians have died in Minnesota this year — the deadliest in the last five years. Last year at this time, 14 people had died after being struck while walking on Minnesota streets or roads.