7-year sentence in St. Paul gas station stabbing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stabbing another teenage girl in the neck during a fight at a St. Paul gas station last June. Nyla Murrell-French was sentenced on one count of first-degree assault Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court. The 17-year-old girl was hospitalized for a collapsed lung and injuries to her jugular. Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Daniel Rait says the victim still suffers from nerve damage. Rait argued for prison time for Murrell-French, telling the judge about nine theft charges that were filed against her since the assault. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Murrell-French cried and apologized for what she said was a mistake. ___ Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com
Officer says partner fired before he could analyze threat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime testified Thursday that he heard a thump on the officers' squad car right before the shooting and feared a possible ambush. Officer Matthew Harrity's testimony echoed a key claim by Mohamed Noor, who fired a single shot at Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached the officers' squad car on July 15, 2017. Damond had placed two 911 calls that night to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Struck in the abdomen, the 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, quickly bled to death in an incident that sparked anger and disbelief in both countries. Harrity, who was driving, described a tense scene, with he and Noor rolling down the dark alley with headlights off, using a spotlight to search for any evidence of a woman in trouble. Harrity said at one point took a safety off his holster, but that when they neared the end of the alley without finding anything, he thought he had replaced it. Harrity - wearing his uniform and appearing composed on the stand - testified that he had a "weird feeling" to his left but couldn't make out what it was. "At this time I hear something hit the car and I also hear some sort of murmur," he said. He immediately drew his gun and held it to his ribs pointing downward, he said. Prosecutor Amy Sweazy asked Harrity if he always pulled his gun when startled. He said it depends. "In this situation, with the thump and being startled, I went straight to, 'This could be an ambush,'" Harrity answered. He added: "My first thought is, I'm going to make sure whatever it was is not a threat to me." Harrity said as he tried to make sense of what was happening, he heard a pop...
The Latest: Officer's partner explains why he didn't shoot
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The partner of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman says he was startled by a thump on the officers' squad car and feared a possible ambush. Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness at the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers' squad car in July 2017. Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Defense attorneys have said Noor was reacting to a noise and feared an ambush when he fired his weapon. Harrity was driving the police SUV. In his testimony Thursday, he described a glimpse of something to his left, then hearing something hitting the car and "some sort of murmur." He said he immediately drew his gun. Harrity said that's when Noor fired. ___ 11:27 a.m. The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home is describing the moments before the shooting. Officer Matthew Harrity is a critical witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers' squad car in July 2017. Harrity testified Thursday that he and Noor were rolling down the alley behind Damond's house searching for anything related to the 911 call of a woman in trouble. Harrity testified he had pulled the hood off his gun's holster in case he needed to draw it. Asked why, Harrity said he considers every call a threat until it's not. His testimony is continuing.
Lynx to retire Lindsay Whalen's No. 13 at June 8 game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Lynx will honor Lindsay Whalen by making her jersey the first to be retired by the 20-year-old franchise. The Lynx announced Thursday they'll hang Whalen's No. 13 from the Target Center rafters on June 8 against the Los Angeles Sparks. Whalen is now the head coach at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota. She retired after the 2018 WNBA season. Whalen played nine of her 15 years in the league with the Lynx and won four championships. She's the all-time WNBA leader with 323 wins in 477 career regular-season games. She's third on the league's all-time list with 2,345 assists. Whalen played her first six years with the Connecticut Sun.
Man fatally shot by law enforcement in Coon Rapids
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Anoka County sheriff's officials say a man has been fatally shot by law enforcement following a traffic stop in Coon Rapids. Authorities say a Coon Rapids officer was conducting the stop about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, when a male suspect fled on foot and fired shots at the officer. Multiple agencies responded, including sheriff's deputies, and found the man nearby. A statement from the sheriff's office says the man posed a threat to law enforcement and was shot. He died at the scene. No other details were released, including how many officers were involved in firing shots. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
Eden Prairie dad pleads guilty to whipping teenage daughter
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - An Eden Prairie man accused of locking his teenage daughter in a bedroom and whipping her with a tree branch and a belt has pleaded guilty. The Star Tribune reports that 38-year-old Craig Underwood II pleaded guilty to malicious punishment of a child for his November attack on the girl after she came home from school. Authorities say Underwood whipped her roughly 30 times, leaving the teen with bloody and bruised wounds over much of her body. He allegedly was upset because she was late for class and brought home someone her family dislikes. The complaint says when Underwood was arrested he told police he had "every right to whoop her." The plea in Hennepin County District Court calls for a sentence of no more than 45 days of incarceration. ___ Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
Man accused duping Vikings for $70,000 in luxury suite scam
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A San Francisco man is accused of bilking the Minnesota Vikings out of about $70,000 in a luxury suite scam. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla signed a contract to rent a suite for the Sept. 9 game against the San Francisco 49ers, which he attended. When his check for $37,000 bounced a few days later, Escamilla told the Vikings he would send checks for that game as well as for a Sept. 23 game against the Buffalo Bills. Those checks, for $35,000 and $190,000, also bounced. The investigation found that Escamilla used a similar scheme to lease a Minneapolis luxury apartment, where he hosted a party before the 49ers game. Escamilla is charged with four counts of theft. Authorities say his whereabouts are unknown and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Woman sues Chinese billionaire Liu for alleged rape
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself upon her in his vehicle after the dinner and later raped her at her apartment. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000. Richard Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape and released within hours. Prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had "profound evidentiary problems" and that it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Liu's defense attorneys said at the time that his arrest was based on a false claim. Liu released a statement on Chinese social media then saying he broke no law, but that his interactions with the woman hurt his family, especially his wife, and he hoped she would accept his apology. Attorneys for Richard Liu and representatives of JD.com did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. The alleged attack happened while Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota's doctor of business administration China program. The four-year program in the university's management school is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying at the university on a student visa, and was a volunteer in the doctorate program while Richard Liu was there. The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of...
Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bail
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little during his first court appearance. Emmanuel Aranda is charged with attempted premediated first-degree murder in Friday's attack. Police say Aranda told them he went to the mall "looking for someone to kill" and chose the boy at random. Aranda appeared behind a glass partition Tuesday in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail. Asked by the judge whether he had any questions, he said, "Not at all." Aranda's bail was kept at $2 million and an omnibus hearing was set for May 14. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney appearing for the victim's family, said the child remains in critical condition.
Minnesota cop's trial raises questions about code of silence
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Testimony in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home has shined a light on officers' actions at the scene and raised questions about whether they were trying to protect one of their own. The incident commander turned her body camera off when talking to Mohamed Noor in the moments after the July 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, while other officers told him not to say a word, according to prosecutors and court testimony. Many responding officers turned their body cameras on and off at will; one had his camera recording while headed to the scene and shut it off upon arrival. "These are extremely troublesome things," said Phil Turner, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor in Chicago who is not connected to the case. "They're law enforcement officers and they are supposed to enforce the law equally, whether someone is a sworn law enforcement officer or not." Noor, 33, is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the death of Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who was shot while approaching the squad car that Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, were in. Defense attorney Peter Wold said in his opening statement that Noor heard a loud bang on the squad car and feared an ambush. But prosecutors say there is no evidence of any threat to justify deadly force. Noor and Harrity did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting. The shooting got instant international attention, led to the forced resignation of the city's police chief, and led to changes in the department's policy on body cameras. It also raised questions about a "blue wall of silence" as prosecutors said they had to convene a grand jury to compel officers'...
UnitedHealth beats expectations all around, stock still lags
UnitedHealth Group beat first-quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast, as the nation's largest insurer increased Medicare coverage and received another boost from its growing business outside health insurance. The performance softened, at least temporarily, an unusual stock price slump so far this year. UnitedHealth said Tuesday that revenue from its Medicare and retirement business jumped nearly 12%, as Medicare Advantage enrollment grew by around 400,000 people. UnitedHealth is the nation's largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, which are privately run versions of the federally funded Medicare coverage program for people over age 65. UnitedHealth Group Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, also saw revenue grow nearly 12% to $26.4 billion from its Optum segment, which runs a pharmacy benefit management business, manages physician clinics and provides technology services. UnitedHealth covers nearly 50 million people internationally as the largest U.S. health insurer, but it also has been stoking growth in its Optum segment for several years now. Health insurance is still the biggest revenue generator for UnitedHealth, but Optum, which generated first-quarter operating earnings of $1.9 billion, generally delivers a higher profit margin. UnitedHealth has been feeding Optum with acquisitions as insurers and other health care entities push deeper into managing or providing patient care in order to cut costs and improve quality. Overall, UnitedHealth earnings jumped 22% to $3.47 billion in the first quarter. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $3.73 per share, topping Wall Street estimates by 13 cents, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. Total revenue climbed about 9% to $60.31 billion, also edging out expectations. . ..
AP source: Officials consider new penalty for visa overstays
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay short-term visas, as part of President Donald Trump's growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign. The administration could introduce new travel restrictions on nationals from those countries, according to two people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations. The idea, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is just one of many under discussion by an administration that is increasingly desperate to satisfy a president who has been angry about the influx of migrants at the border as he tries to make good on his 2016 campaign promises and energize his base going into 2020. The ideas have ranged from the extreme - including Trump's threat to shut down the southern border and consideration of again separating children from parents - to more subtle tweaks to the legal immigration system, including efforts to clamp down on visa overstays, which, according to the nonpartisan Center for Migration Studies, exceed illegal border crossings. Plans are also in the works to have border patrol agents conduct initial interviews to determine whether migrants seeking asylum have a "credible fear" of returning to their homelands. Border patrol agents are the first officials who come into contact with migrants, and the thinking is that they'll be less sympathetic than asylum officers. And officials have been considering raising asylum standards and changing the court system so that the last people in are the first to have their cases adjudicated. Some of the ideas have been proposed, rejected and then proposed again. The administration has also been weighing...
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Kolbe softball stays perfect
BRIDGEPORT - The Kolbe Cathedral softball team improved to 6-0 with a 20-3 five-inning non-league win over Bassick Monday afternoon at Cal Ripken Field at Longfellow Park. Brianna Meekins had three hits, Carolyn Marcano had two hits and three RBIs and Sydnee DiNatale had three hits and two RBIs in the win for the Cougars. Heaven Thomas hit a three-run home run in the third inning in the loss for the Lions (0-6). BASSICK003 00-3 2 5 KOLBE CATHEDRAL574 4X-20 13 1 Records: Bassick 0-6, Kolbe Cathedral 6-0. Batteries: B-Melania Figueroa (L) and Heaven Thomas; KC-Aliyah Santiago (W, 3-0) and Carolyn Marcano. BASEBALL BUNNELL 6, STRATFORD 1 BUNNELL031 011 0-6 8 1 STRATFORD000 010 0-1 7 1 Records: Bunnell 5-2, Stratford 2-4. Batteries: B-Henry Gloria (W, 2-0), Andy Verkovod (7) and Justin Herrera; S-Zach Fedak (L, 1-2), Malcolm Kinder (6), Zach Demanche (6) and Anthony Torreso. Highlights: B-Gloria struck out six. Cullen Roper hit a three-run double and a sacrifice fly. Herrera had two hits and one RBI. S-Fedak doubled and singled. Gabe Avila had two hits and one RBI. R.J. Burlone had two hits. BOYS GOLF BARLOW 194, MASUK 194 (at Whitney Farms GC, par 36): B-Arnold Wright 44, Mitch Worthington 48, James Menapace 49, Harrison Wenig 53; M-Christian Chung 44, Henry Minnick 46, Briggs Parsell 51, Joe DePalma 53. ...
Trump focuses on divisive messages as 2020 reelection bid takes shape
President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on a Muslim member of Congress and "Radical Left Democrats" on Monday ahead of a reelection campaign that is quickly taking shape around divisive messages centered on immigration and patriotism. Speaking Monday at an event billed as a tax and economy roundtable, Trump told a suburban Minneapolis audience "how unfairly you've been treated as a state" when it comes to immigration, and he rattled off a litany of grudges against the current system: The loopholes are "horrible and foolish," the visa lottery is "insane," and the concept of asylum is "ridiculous." "People come in, they read a line from a lawyer that a lawyer hands them out online," Trump said at the event as he mimicked an asylum seeker reading from a piece of paper. "It's a big con job. That's what it is." The afternoon remarks came hours after he took a direct shot at one of the state's members of Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat - whom Trump called "out of control" - as Omar continued to come under criticism for comments that critics view as dismissive of the tragedy of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The dueling Trumps on Tax Day highlighted a parallel dynamic at play ahead of his reelection bid: While the broader GOP apparatus is attempting to focus on the economy, the campaigner in chief is seizing on more confrontational messages that may appeal to the base but potentially turn off swing voters. "If they're focused on expanding his popularity and the party's popularity, they should be talking about the economy, and they should be talking about tax cuts," said Tony Fratto, a former White House and Treasury Department spokesman during the George W. Bush administration. "Every time they choose to double down and talk about immigration, they lose an opportunity." The Trump campaign, the White House and the...
Mall of America suspect accused of throwing boy off balcony was ‘looking for someone to kill’ after women repeatedly rejected him: cops
The 24-year-old man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota told police he was “looking for someone to kill” after being rejected by multiple women.
Trump seeks mileage for tax cuts at truck company appearance
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Donald Trump is spending America's tax filing day in Minnesota. Trump arrived in Minneapolis on Monday and was headed to a trucking company in the suburb of Burnsville to host a roundtable discussion on the economy. The president says the economy is doing well. He also says a package of corporate and individual tax cuts he signed into law in 2017 are "working very, very well." Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday the tax cuts added trillions of dollars to the nation's debt and disproportionately helped the wealthy. Trump's tax day visit also renews attention on his refusal to release his tax returns. Trump narrowly lost Minnesota to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 but hopes to claim victory here in 2020.
Complaint: Man went to Mall of America intending to kill
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A criminal complaint says the man suspected of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he went to the Minnesota mall looking for someone to kill. Emmanuel Aranda was charged Monday with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday's attack . The child is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. The complaint filed in Hennepin County says the child and his mother were standing outside a restaurant when Aranda came close to them, picked up the child and threw him over the balcony. The complaint says Aranda told police he had been coming to the mall for several years seeking to talk to women, but had been rejected and it caused him to lash out.
Klobuchar releases taxes, urges Trump to do same
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is releasing her latest tax return as she calls on President Donald Trump to "quit hiding from the American people" and make his returns public. The Minnesota senator released her 2018 tax return Monday. She's previously released 12 years of returns , dating back to the first year she ran for federal public office. She says it's because she believes in "transparency and accountability." Trump has refused to make his tax returns public. He's traveling Monday to Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and that he's hoping to flip in 2020. Klobuchar's 2018 return shows that she and her husband, attorney and law school professor John Bessler, paid $65,927 in federal taxes on an adjusted gross income of $338,121.
The Latest: Trump escalates Twitter feud with Rep. Omar
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota (all times local): 10 a.m. President Donald Trump is escalating his feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar, accusing her on Twitter of making "anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements." The comments come a day after the Minnesota Democrat said she's faced increased death threats since Trump spread a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She's accused Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism and urged him to stop. Trump is also going after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He's accusing her of having "lost all control of Congress" and "getting nothing done," and says, before she decides to "defend her leader, Rep. Omar," she should look at her past comments. He asserts, without evidence, that Omar is "out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" __ 12:22 a.m. Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop." Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video. Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying he wished no "ill will" upon the first-term lawmaker.
Trump using Tax Day visit to Minnesota to tout 2017 tax cuts
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Donald Trump will use Tax Day on Monday to visit Minnesota, an erstwhile Democratic stronghold he hopes to flip in 2020 after nearly winning it in 2016. Questions remain, however, about just how much he's politically benefiting from his signature legislative accomplishment. Minnesota, which gave the country Democratic Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, hasn't given its 10 electoral votes to a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. Trump came within 1.5 percentage points of carrying the state in 2016 thanks to his strength among rural voters. The state's Democrats saw a huge overall resurgence during the anti-Trump backlash of 2018, notably in traditionally Republican suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Giving the president hope is the memory that his popularity outside the Twin Cities area helped the GOP flip two Democratic U.S. House seats last year. "I'm glad he's coming to Minnesota," said state Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, the top Republican in state government. "I think he realizes Minnesota's in play." Ahead of Trump's visit, Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, talked up the 2017 tax law during a teleconference with reporters Friday. He said it's working exactly as its proponents predicted and that it quickly made the U.S. an attractive place to do business again, leading to increased hiring and higher wage growth. He also said the tax cuts continue to provide "sustained, long-term nourishment for our economy." Trump planned to visit a truck and equipment company in the suburb of Burnsville on Monday for a roundtable discussion on the tax cuts and the economy. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized Trump's tax cuts, saying they added trillions of dollars to the...
Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy who was seriously injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized. Friends of the family have started a crowdfunding effort to help with medical bills. The GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $400,000 as of Sunday morning. Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said Sunday that the boy is "still alive and receiving care," and that the family wants privacy. Children's Hospital Minneapolis had no information to release. Authorities haven't released the boy's name. They say he fell nearly 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday. Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. Jail records don't list an attorney for him. He could be formally charged as early as Monday.
US to play old foe Trinidad in CONCACAF Gold Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title against Guyana on June 18 at St. Paul, Minnesota, the first competitive match for the Americans in 20 months since their loss at Trinidad and Tobago caused them to miss the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. will play T&T on June 22 at Cleveland and complete Group D against Panama on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas. The Americans are expected to play a pair of exhibitions in June to prepare for the tournament, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The U.S. will wind up playing 18 consecutive friendlies since the 2-1 defeat at Couva, Trinidad, on Oct. 10, 2017. The gap between competitive matches will be the longest for the Americans since a loss to Costa Rica on May 31, 1985, their final qualifier for the 1986 World Cup, and a draw at Jamaica on July 24, 1988, their first qualifier for the 1990 World Cup. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
2 found dead at prominent Minnesota businessman's home
ORONO, Minn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found at the Lake Minnetonka mansion of Irwin Jacobs, a prominent Minnesota businessman who once owned a minority share in the Minnesota Vikings NFL team. Orono, Minnesota, police say the bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a bed along with a gun after authorities received a call at 8:31 a.m. Wednesday. Police have not released their names, but said no suspects are being sought. Dennis Mathisen, a longtime friend of the family, told the Star Tribune that Alexandra Jacobs, who had been Irwin's wife for 57 years and mother to their five children, "had been in a wheelchair for the last year or so and had signs of dementia. Irwin was just distraught over her condition." He said he spoke with Irwin Jacobs about three days ago, and "he was upbeat. I talked with his son Mark yesterday, and he talked to both of them. He said Irwin seemed up." The Hennepin County Crime Lab was called to the scene, as was a hearse, while the ambulance service from North Memorial Health was told it was not needed. Police also informed dispatch that an attorney for Jacobs arrived at the home. Irwin Jacobs, 77, had a stake in the Vikings in the 1980s before selling his share. He gained notoriety nationally in the 1980s as a corporate raider who bought out underperforming companies at a profit. He was known to some as "Irv the Liquidator." One of his most notable local transactions was his purchase of the Grain Belt beer company and brewery in the mid-1970s. He later sold the beer brand to G. Heileman Brewing Company and the brewery and real estate assets to the city of Minneapolis. He has owned J.R. Watkins Co., which makes soaps and other household products, for more than 40 years. He also owns Jacobs Trading...
Tech has foundation for future after reaching national final
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brandone Francis plopped down in front of the Texas Tech locker room stalls where Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens were seated, their eyes red and wet as they clasped hands in consolation and solidarity while Virginia was celebrating on the court. Three of the team's four seniors were still trying to process the fresh agony of losing in overtime of the national championship game with the life-changing and program-lifting season the Red Raiders (31-7) had just finished. In this rawest of moments they experienced, the sadness was too strong to push aside . "It's so hard to come up short, man," Mooney said in the softest of his voices, staring straight down at the floor after Texas Tech lost 85-77 in Minneapolis. Mooney, the sharp-shooting guard with the close-shorn haircut who was the star of the win over Michigan State in the semifinals on Saturday, landed in Lubbock with coach Chris Beard for his final year of college. The two-time transfer, who started at Air Force and then switched to South Dakota, found a place to belong, however briefly, with Beard and his like-minded collection of underdogs and afterthoughts. Naturally, Mooney was taking the loss as hard as anyone as Monday night crept toward Tuesday morning deep inside U.S. Bank Stadium. "At the end of the day, we're brothers," he said. "We're family. We're always going to be family." Beard, the Associated Press Coach of the Year award winner , worked his way through junior colleges, a semipro league, Division III, Division II and a mid-major before finally arriving at a power conference program with the Red Raiders three years ago. Last season, he took them further than ever, where predecessors Gerald Myers, James Dickey, Bobby Knight, Pat Knight and Tubby Smith never went, to the school's...
Huge crowd welcomes home national hoops champion Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's national champion men's basketball team returned to campus Tuesday and was greeted with a hero's welcome. A throng of several thousand fans serenaded coach Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers, many in the crowd sporting newly acquired T-shirts celebrating the first national basketball title in school history. The Cavaliers won the title Monday night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime in Minneapolis. The crowd chanted "U-V-A, U-V-A" as police motorcycles escorted the busses carrying the team into the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena. The players and coaches walked down a path set off by barricades, high-fiving fans on their way to a podium. Virginia post player Mamadi Diakite drew huge cheers when he got off the bus holding the national championship trophy high above his head, and the crowd chanted "Tony, Tony" when Bennett emerged. "I guess this really happened," Bennett told the crowd from a stage, drawing roars. "We won the national championship." Fans erupted again. Kyle Guy, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, told the crowd he and his teammate never wavered in their belief that they could win the championship, ever after last season when, as the top overall seed, they became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. Virginia's players were reminded of the loss all season, but felt like they answered their critics in the best way imaginable. "I don't think Hollywood could have done a better job with the ending," Guy said. Seeing fans lining the streets on the route from the airport to the school's arena, Bennett said, helped him realize how much the victory meant to the community, even if he hadn't quite had the chance to let the magnitude of the last 24 hours fully sink in. "That's one of the pure, good...
Giants acquire outfielder, first baseman Austin from Twins
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler. The 27-year-old Austin played in two games for the Twins after making the team out of spring training. He will be added to the 25-man roster. San Francisco announced Monday it has designated infielder/outfielder Connor Joe for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster. Austin, acquired by the Twins from the New York Yankees last year for pitcher Lance Lynn, played in a career-high 69 games last season and had several other career bests: 10 home runs and 17 RBIs with 10 doubles. But the Twins claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays during the offseason, lessening Austin's value. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Judge OKs some work on Fargo flood control project
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has cleared the way for some work to resume on a massive flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area. District Judge John Tunheim on Monday ruled work could resume on certain portions of a $2.2 billion diversion aimed at steering the Red River safely past the cities in times of flooding. Fargo and Moorhead have faced several flood threats in recent years that required extensive sandbagging to keep the cities dry. The project has been challenged by upstream residents who argue the project will lead to more flooding on their land. Tunheim's order allows work to resume on certain non-waterway aspects of the project. He wrote the work would do no harm as the court continues to consider whether to allow the entire project to move forward.
Minnesota Senate backs crackdown on texting while driving
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate has approved tougher penalties for people who text while driving, especially if they kill or injure someone. Sen. David Osmek says his bill "puts some teeth" into existing state law by raising fines for texting while driving, and by treating texting drivers who cause serious accidents more like drunken drivers, with felony penalties for fatal accidents. It also mandates that drivers education classes address distracted driving. The Senate approved the bill 56-9 Monday and sent it to the House. Osmek says his legislation is complementary to a separate bill that would require motorists to use hands-free devices for phoning while driving. Once the House and Senate give final approval to compromise language that was negotiated Monday, the hands-free bill gos to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature.
Klobuchar says she raised $5.2M in 7 weeks for 2020 bid
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she raised $5.2 million in seven weeks after announcing her 2020 bid. The Minnesota senator said Monday she ended the first quarter with $7 million cash on hand. That includes more than $3 million from her 2018 Senate campaign. Klobuchar had a small fundraising edge over New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who said he raised over $5 million in the two months after entering the 2020 primary. Their first-quarter numbers were dwarfed by some other candidates. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he raised more than $18 million, while California Sen. Kamala Harris brought in $12 million. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he raised over $7 million. Klobuchar says her average online contribution was $40 and 85% of donors gave less than $100.
Walz administration renews challenge to Line 3 oil pipeline
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz says his administration has renewed its challenge to a regulatory panel's approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Walz told reporters Monday that the Commerce Department refiled its appeal last week with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which had dismissed earlier appeals in the case on procedural grounds. The governor says the state's appeal shouldn't delay the permitting process for the pipeline. And he's critical of lawmakers who've tried unsuccessfully to prohibit the state from spending taxpayer money on the appeal, calling it a gross violation of the separation of powers. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says Republicans are dismayed by the decision. He says replacing Line 3 is the environmentally safest solution for transporting the oil.
Casino-operating tribes influence sports betting debate
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization but only if they retain a monopoly. In many states, tribes are fighting sports betting or taking a go-slow approach because they worry it could force them to reopen decades-old agreements that give them exclusive rights to operate casinos and offer certain forms of gambling. "The tribes have a major-league seat at the table," said Bill Pascrell III, a lobbyist for gambling interests seeking legalized sports betting across the country. Six states have joined Nevada in allowing sports gambling since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year opened the door to its expansion, and legalization is being considered in more than 20 other states. In Minnesota, a bill seeking to legalize sports betting cleared its first hurdle earlier this year, passing a committee in the state Senate. But that's likely to be as far as the measure goes, in large part because the state's politically potent tribes oppose it. Gambling "is the only successful economic development tool the tribes have ever had," John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, told the committee. The tribes, which operate 21 casinos and have given millions in campaign donations, are especially concerned about allowing sports betting on mobile devices, which they fear could invite wider internet gambling that could threaten their casinos. In Texas, the only sports betting bill is almost certain to die. It was introduced by a Democrat, the minority party, in a state where casino operators from neighboring Oklahoma and Louisiana have...
Injured stars making mark at Final Four for MSU, Auburn
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Under different circumstances Joshua Langford might have had a throng of reporters around him as he sat in front of his locker at U.S. Bank Stadium, two days before Michigan State plays in the Final Four. Langford is the Spartans' co-captain and second-leading scorer, but has not played since late December because of an ankle injury. So instead of drawing lots of attention from media Thursday, the way All-America teammate Cassius Winston and emerging Spartans freshman Aaron Henry did, Langford only did a few interviews. Langford has watched more than participated this season, but he has been way more than just a spectator. "It's been a great experience for me just because, well first of all, I always said I wanted to come to a Final Four, so I'm here at the Final Four," said Langford, who was wearing a plastic walking boot to support his surgically repaired left foot. "So I've learned a lot. You know just because I'm not able to play I still have figured out a way to try to still be a part of the team and that's through my voice." Langford is one of two talented players who will make an impact on Saturday's Final Four even though they are not healthy enough to play. Langford has found a niche as leader, mentor and part-time assistant coach for the Spartans, who face Texas Tech. Auburn will face Virginia without star forward Chuma Okeke, who injured his knee in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina but has helped inspire the Tigers to the first Final Four in school history. "Let's get this done, baayyy-beeee! For Chuma," teammates Austin Wiley, Myles Parker and Malik Dunbar sang into a video camera Thursday in the Auburn locker room. Langford's injury came in Michigan State's final nonconference game on Dec. 29 against Northern Illinois. Not until a month later was it determined the 6-foot-6...
Final Four Guide: Best Breweries To Visit While You’re In Minneapolis
Beer-lovers visiting Minneapolis for the Final Four won’t have to go far to find Minnesota’s most beloved beers. Walk in any direction out of U.S. Bank Stadium and you’ll probably find a bar or restaurant serving craft beers from the Twin Cities, the North Shore and other parts of “The Land of 10,000 Beers." But for hop heads seeking a more direct experience of the state’s brewing culture, there are a few places that need to be on your radar, because they’re well worth the Lyft ride.
Final Four Guide: 5 Restaurants To Try Near U.S. Bank Stadium
In Minneapolis for the Final Four and want to try the restaurants where Minneapolitans love to eat? Look no further. Below are some of the most beloved spots in the City of Lakes within walking distance, or a short Lyft ride, from U.S. Bank Stadium.
Final Four Guide: 10 Fun Things To Check Out In The Twin Cities
Welcome, NCAA fans! Here are some great activities, scenic spots and just awesome places to check out in the Twin Cities. Of course, there are a ton more things to see and do, but this is a diverse sampling and great start to checking out what the cities have to offer.
Final Four Guide: Best Places To View The City
The NCAA Final Four tournament is upon us, and what better way to prove you made the trip north to Minneapolis than to snap a shot of the city's one-of-a-kind skyline? Take a look at the list below for the best places to get a view of the city.
House move roils gun control debate at Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota Senate GOP Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says gun control is dead for the session if House Democrats stick to their plan to wrap two of their priority bills for addressing gun violence into an umbrella public safety budget bill.
Walz to appeal against gridlock in State of the State speech
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz plans to use his first State of the State address to appeal for overcoming political gridlock and to stress the need for lawmakers from both parties in a divided Legislature to work together to solve Minnesota's problems. The Democratic governor is scheduled to speak to the joint Legislature in the House chamber at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He attended plenty of State of the Union speeches during his 12 years in Congress, but told reporters this week that he doesn't intend to use his speech "to hammer the other side" as he's seen presidents do. Instead, he said, it's a "unique opportunity" to seek unity. "My intention is to try and figure out where that true One Minnesota lies and kind of stay in that lane," Walz said, referring to a campaign theme of unity that he has carried into office. Walz is getting strong support for his agenda from the Democratic-controlled House. He's had some bipartisan success with the Republican-led Senate, and the general tone around the Capitol has improved compared with the rancor between his Democratic predecessor, Mark Dayton, and GOP-controlled legislatures. But the tough budget decisions of the 2019 session lie ahead, with deep divisions on taxes and other policy proposals. Walz plans to speak off the cuff, without a script. He said he's been preparing by reading State of the State speeches given by his predecessors. "They're formulaic," he said. "They lay out what they're supposed to do, what's happening in the world, whether it be the Vietnam War, whether it be the economic downturn in the '80s ... and then they used it as a platform to talk about their agenda. I won't disappoint you on that part of it." But he said an important theme will be how "a gridlock politics is really holding us back from doing the things that I think most of us know we...
Jury pool winnowed in trial of ex-cop who shot 911 caller
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jury selection is resuming in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible assault. Mohamed Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, had approached Noor's squad car in the alley behind her home when she was shot. A pool of 75 potential jurors filled out questionnaires Monday. Attorneys for both sides and the judge agreed to dismiss six people on Tuesday based on their written answers to questions such as their experiences with a person of Somali heritage. Direct questioning starts Wednesday. Noor is Somali-American. Damond was white.