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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The head football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, was charged Wednesday with two counts related to child pornography after authorities said they found nude images of children on his cellphone. Todd Hoffner, 46, of Eagle Lake, was charged with one count of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work, and one count of possessing child pornography. Both are felonies.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were excited about the progress Letroy Guion was making in his transition from one defensive tackle spot to the other. He showed up in ideal shape, expressed a positive attitude about the new position and hustled all over the field at the beginning of training camp. There’s one problem, though. He’s hurt now and might not play the rest of the preseason, valuable opportunities before the games start to count for Guion to gain comfort and confidence.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Augsburg College is publicly opposing the amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota's constitution. The announcement Tuesday makes the Minneapolis liberal arts school the first traditional university in the state to come out against the amendment. The Minneapolis-based online institution Capella University has also gone on record against it.
ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists prepared to send Curiosity on its first test drive Wednesday over the billion-year-old rocks of Mars and said a busted wind sensor wouldn't jeopardize its mission of determining whether life could exist there. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., turned four of the rover's six wheels in place this week in a successful "wheel wiggle" to test the steering for the short trek, mission manager Mike Watkins said.
LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — An A-list cast of celebrities is joining a telethon to raise money and awareness to fight cancer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts are projecting a $1.1 trillion federal deficit for 2012, the fourth straight year the government's shortfall will exceed $1 trillion.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of stabbing a Minneapolis park police officer admitted that he placed a fake 911 call so he could lure officers before attacking them. Park police shot the 38-year-old man after the attack. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Minneapolis police say that park police officers got a call about a robbery at knifepoint near Minnehaha Creek on Tuesday night.
JOSH LEDERMAN and TOM RAUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the attention it got, Republican Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate has not altered the race against President Barack Obama. The campaign remains neck and neck with less than three months to go, a new AP-GfK poll shows.
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The man accused of killing his three young daughters in River Falls is facing an additional charge.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Witnesses told investigators a car was speeding and swerving before it crashed in Burnsville, killing two teens and injuring three others.