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Italian quake death toll rises to 241, anguish mounts over threat

A man is pulled out of the rubble following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

Rescue crews aided by sniffer dogs dug through crumbled homes Thursday looking for earthquake survivors as Italy again anguished over how to secure its ancient towns and modern cities from the country's highly seismic terrain.

St. Anthony police officer who shot Philando Castile placed back on leave

St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez fired the shots that killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

St. Anthony officials drew widespread protests over his recent reinstatement.

Hiker found in the New Zealand bush 1 month after partner dies

A tourist from the Czech Republic, whose partner fell to his death, survived a harrowing month in the frozen New Zealand wilderness before being rescued, police said Thursday.

Short sale brings felony charges for ex-Gopher star, his wife

Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson, shown in this July 5, 2001 file photo, is facing felony charges over the sale of his house in Apple Valley.

The charges accuse Sam Jacobson of orchestrating a short sale of his Apple Valley house to his future wife, who quickly flipped it for a $176,000 profit.

Open wide: Rick Nelson tries all the new fair foods — and tells all

The Minnesota Corn Dog at the Gass Station relies on a custom-made sausage with regional staples such as wild rice, blueberries and maple syrup.

Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is in for a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, attempting to sample every new food offered for 2016. Let out your belt and follow along.


Miranda Sylvander helped Jacob Leverenz get a new set of vehicle license plates and tabs at the Carver County Service Center in Chanhassen. Drive-through service centers are popping up in the suburbs as a way to shorten wait times and ease congestion for tab renewals.

Drive-throughs aim to shorten DMV lines in Twin Cities

Prison for St. Paul woman who stole nearly $500K from nonprofits she started to help poor
26-year-old cleared for release from state sex offender treatment program
Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

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Minnesota's wide receiver Eric Carter was lifted by quarterback Mitch Leidner after scoring a first quarter touchdown against Nebraska last season. With an easier schedule, moments like these could be more common in 2016.

Where will 'easier' schedule take 2016 Gophers?

This week's Barclays a lesson in Ryder Cup pressure
State legislator proposes tax cut for Minnesota Olympic medalists
Hope Solo suspended from US soccer team for 6 months

Scores, schedules and stats
Medtronic saw marginal drop in profit, though its per-share results beat expectations.

Medtronic beats forecasts on earnings, despite lower net income

InvestMNt conference draws pitches, cautionary tales
Stratasys partners with Boeing, Siemens and Ford on new 3-D printing technologies
Patterson Cos. posts strong growth and meets first quarter expectations.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking for a new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Reservation in Bena, Minn, means that students will no longer attend classes in this converted pole shed.

New Indian school in Leech Lake is a lesson in leadership

Sack cartoon: The EpiPen episode
Readers Write (Aug. 25): Water use, Southwest light rail, downtown Minneapolis safety, child welfare and American Indians, video games and violence, athletes and ads, the Clinton Foundation's finances
Your brain on drugs, revisited and revised

The EpiPen episode

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Nitro Ice Cream: T.J. Paskach and Will Schroeder at the Minnesota State Fair Food building.

Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods

Public tours of Paisley Park to begin in October
Leslie Jones’ website hacked; nude photos, personal info exposed
Shopping at the fair? Where to find deals on Minnesota-made goods


Reusse: Town ball hangs on in Murray County with the Buttermakers
Patrick Reusse

There is only one amateur team remaining in Murray County: the Hadley Buttermakers, representatives of the town of 60 people. They have reached back-to-back Class C state championships.

Hartman: Zimmer pleased with Bridgewater's progress
Sid Hartman

''He feels good,'' Vikings coach says about Teddy Bridgewater's health entering Sunday's game.

Rosenblum: Family ties are the key to long life
Gail Rosenblum

Turns out the people most likely to keep us alive well into our 80s and beyond are our complicated, annoying and ultimately endearing families.

Ryan Lochte attends a charity event on Oct. 8, 2013, in New York City.

Ryan Lochte set to join 'Dancing With the Stars' next season

Brock Lesnar suspended by UFC after failing 2 drug tests
Amy Schumer hospitalized in Hawaii while shooting movie
Burt Bacharach cancels 2 concerts to recover from broken arm

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera trotted home after his first inning homer off Twins starting pitcher Tyler Duffey.

Twins lose sixth in a row; Dozier hits his 30th homer

Why has Hector Santiago struggled so badly with the Twins?
Postgame: Molitor dismayed by base-running gaffes in loss to Tigers
Duffey: Upton was 'sitting on a fastball' for big home run

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Klobuchar, others call for FTC to investigate increases in EpiPen prices
Complaint filed before officer killed man in Milwaukee
Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

FILE - In this July 8, 2016 file photo, a package of EpiPens, an epinephrine autoinjector for the treatment of allergic reactions is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for live-saving EpiPens has skyrocketed. EpiPens are used largely by children to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and its price has surged in recent years.

Facing price-gouging charges, EpiPen maker to reduce customer costs

Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images agency
Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
Social Security pays homeless woman $100,000 it owed her

Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 13 dead

Turkey makes biggest plunge yet into Syrian war against ISIL
Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels
Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

The midway at the Minnesota State Fair.

Take The Great Minnesota Quiz-Together

Miles of footlongs, tons of manure and other State Fair yardsticks
FairCam: Live from the Minnesota State Fair
State Fair schedule for Aug. 25: Thrifty Thursday

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Looking for an apartment in the Twin Cities? It feels a lot like online dating

Minnesota summer camp: A love story starring my two children

A rendering of the Vikings longhouse next to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings setting up bar, music, kid games outside U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings pay tribute to legendary columnist Sid Hartman at new stadium
Upscale Mpls. hotel offering $12,000 Vikings tailgating package
Metallica turns it up to 11 in sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium show