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.

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.

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.


DC police on 'extremely high alert' after man swings ax at officer

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.


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.


Will you remember to set your clocks back this weekend?

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


Top Twins prospect Buxton undergoes surgery on broken finger

Injury-plagued 2014 season ends for top prospect, but he should be ready for 2015 training camp


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.


Man accused in boy's death in Oakdale headed for 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.


Terminally ill 29-year-old woman may postpone taking her life

A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon's assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die.


Complaint filed after school reform group lags on campaign registration

Filing by political fund didn't happen within 14 days


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.


Twin Cities agency's ad takes aim at Redskins name

A Twin Cities advertising agency has created a TV and radio ad that it hopes will make a strong point about why Native Americans and others oppose the Washington Redskins' name and logo.


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After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.


Hayden faces new scrutiny for taxpayer-funded trip to New York

Records show airfares for the state senator and his wife were paid for by state-funded nonprofit, contradicting earlier statements.