NHL watching, but Vanek's agent says client in no criminal trouble

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Vanek was a witness in a federal case that led to one guilty plea for illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday.

Wanted: Minnesotans to get in touch with their inner Norwegian

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When Norway's top reality TV series goes looking for Norwegian-American contestants, they know exactly where to head. "Alt for Norge" will be holding a casting call at the Mall …

Minn. couple behind Hannah's Law charged with benefit fraud

The Minnesota couple whose daughter's death prompted a 2011 child care safety law has been accused of concealing assets while they were getting public assistance.

Mpls. serial killer's murder conviction should stand, prosecutors say

Prosecutors oppose a new trial for man convicted in killings of 3 American Indian women, despite challenge from the Innocence Project.

Ex-Navy SEAL who wrote Bin Laden raid book is under criminal investigation

U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.


Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.


Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack

A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.


Ex-Florida A&M band member convicted in hazing death

A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.


As Nov. 1 nears, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate lives, at least for now

Saturday was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard killed herself. She still might do it, but her latest message seems to suggest she intends to live, at …


Minnesota seeks federal grant dollars to expand preschool offerings

Minnesota seeks federal grant dollars to expand the preschool options in four "Transformation Zones" plus two new areas


2 accused of planning to kill River Falls, Wis., officer, harm judge

A convicted felon and his wife are accused of conspiring to kill a River Falls police officer and threatening to harm a St. Croix County judge.


Don't forget to set your clocks back

Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.


Man accused in boy's death in Oakdale will get another mental evaluation

Trial has been delayed again for Nanh Tran, whose frame of mind at the time of the 2013 shooting remains in question.


Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway

Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.


Top Twins prospect Buxton undergoes surgery on broken finger

Doctors insert pin to aid healing, but Twins' top prospect should be ready for 2015 training camp


Complaint filed after school reform group lags on campaign registration

Filing by political fund didn't happen within 14 days


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What are you wearing for Halloween? Probably Disney

Hollywood movies have traditionally been a major source of inspiration for Halloween costumes, and 2014 is no different. But the studio holding the most sway over the spooky holiday is clearly Disney. Here are Hollywood's 9 most popular costumes.


NZ's famous All Blacks make rare visit for game vs. USA Rugby

America's history on rugby's world stage isn't grand. So the timing couldn't be much better for a rare stateside visit from New Zealand's storied All Blacks, who face the USA's Golden Eagles on Saturday at sold-out Soldier Field (capacity: 61,500) in Chicago.