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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three national gay rights groups are recruiting volunteers to send to Minnesota and three other states where gay marriage is on the ballot this fall.
GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Minnesota man has died after being pulled from Lake Michigan off a state park in western Michigan. WGHN-AM and Mlive.com reports that the Oceana County sheriff's department says 26-year-old Vikrant Kole of Woodbury, Minn., died Tuesday. Authorities say Kole was swimming near Silver Lake State Park on Sunday evening when he disappeared under the water.
CHICAGO (AP) — If P.J. Walters is auditioning for a spot in Minnesota’s 2013 starting rotation, he’d probably prefer a mulligan for Wednesday’s performance. Alex Rios homered twice off Walters and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Twins. Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to help extend Chicago’s lead in the AL Central to 1 1/2 games over Detroit, which plays Wednesday night.
BYRON, Minn. (AP) — Byron Public Schools are offering grief counselors to students and staff after a 17-year-old student died when her minivan rear-ended a school bus. Olmsted County Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Claymon says Deianerah Logan of Pine Island struck the back of the bus Tuesday afternoon as it stopped to let a student off on a county road. Firefighters pulled the van from under the bus and extricated Logan from the vehicle. A Mayo Clinic helicopter flew her to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she died.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer shown in an online video kicking a suspect who was lying on a sidewalk last month had been disciplined for excessive use of force in 2006 when he worked for the St. Paul Park police department, according to police records.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota nurse is charged with siphoning pain medication from patients' intravenous bags at a hospital and replacing the drugs with saline solution. The defense attorney for Blake Daniel Zenner confirms his client is the nurse accused of introducing infections into patients at St. Cloud Hospital by siphoning the medication. Defense attorney Paul Engh says Zenner did not cause the infections.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have become the first American sports franchise worth more than $2 billion, according to Forbes magazine. The NFL's most valuable team for the sixth consecutive year, the Cowboys saw their overall worth increase 14 percent to $2.1 billion. That's about $1 billion higher than the average NFL team value, $1.11 billion, up 7 percent. New TV contracts, the collective bargaining agreement signed last year and lasting for a decade, and higher premium seating revenue contributed to the increases.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democratic officials are moving President Barack Obama's convention speech Thursday indoors, citing the possibility of severe weather. Obama had planned to accept his party's nomination in an outdoor football stadium before a crowd of up to 74,000 people. But Obama officials said forecasters have predicted severe thunderstorms Thursday in the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. hour, raising concerns about the safety of supporters, volunteers, staff members and law enforcement.
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have created the first comprehensive view of how human DNA works. And they say it will rewrite the textbooks and give valuable new insights into the biology of what goes wrong in disease. The new work reveals complicated systems for controlling where and when our genes are active. The research also shows that at least 80 percent of our DNA is actively participating in biological processes. That's far more than just the 2 percent occupied by our genes. Researchers said the extent of that activity was a surprise.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's pheasant population is up thanks to a mild winter followed by a warm spring, but it's still way below average.