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Bird Flu Update

(St. Paul, MN) -- Officials continue to monitor two recent outbreaks of avian influenza(H5N2) in turkey flocks in Lac Qui Parle and Stearns Counties.

Poems wanted for contest sponsored by Keillor's bookstore

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It's time to get your rhymes in to the annual poetry contest sponsored by Garrison Keillor's St. Paul bookstore.

Durst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire real-estate heir Robert Durst returns to court Thursday, where his attorneys planned to argue that the FBI searched his room illegally and police covered this up…

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power

BANGKOK (AP) — The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it's gone, but in reality it's still there.

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Habitat Looks for Help to Kick Off a Summer of Building Homes and Hope

Volunteers have been building homes and building hope in Douglas County with Habitat for Humanity since 1997, and now you can get involved.  Habitat for Humanity (HFHDC) invites interested com…

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Durst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:45 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire real-estate heir Robert Durst returns to court Thursday, where his attorneys planned to argue that the FBI searched his room illegally and police covered this up in statements used to get an arrest warrant on Louisiana weapons charges.

Afghan official: Suicide bombing in eastern city kills 16, wounds 40
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:45 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official: Suicide bombing in eastern city kills 16, wounds 40.

Iran sees progress; talks to resume after all-night session
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:45 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) —

AP PHOTOS: Time slowly washing away Iran's public bathhouses
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:45 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's historic bathhouses, where patrons are rinsed and massaged beneath graceful archways and tiled walls, may soon disappear as interest in them wanes.

Police haven't said why SUV left road, killing 2 in shed
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:30 am

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — As authorities on Florida's Gulf coast investigate the horrific fatal crash of careening SUV into a shed where two people were sleeping, they have yet to say what caused the driver to veer off the road.

Kenya says 29 people wounded in attack on university, most with gunshot wounds
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:30 am

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya says 29 people wounded in attack on university, most with gunshot wounds .

Poems wanted for contest sponsored by Keillor's bookstore
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:30 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It's time to get your rhymes in to the annual poetry contest sponsored by Garrison Keillor's St. Paul bookstore.

Police haven't said why SUV left road, killing 2 in shed
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:30 am

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — As authorities on Florida's Gulf coast investigate the horrific fatal crash of careening SUV into a shed where two people were sleeping, they have yet to say what caused the driver to veer off the road.

Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies
Posted: April 02, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.

Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:00 am

DENVER (AP) — Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:00 am

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.

Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:45 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay.

Syrian rebels capture main border crossing with Jordan
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:45 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels and members of al-Qaida's local affiliate have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts.

Things to know about California's drought and water cuts
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:45 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.

Drought: California taking sweeping steps to conserve water
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:45 am

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.

Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 54 dead
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank early Thursday morning in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 54 crew members were killed, rescue workers said.

Boston Marathon opens new 'front door' on Boylston Street
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:30 am

BOSTON (AP) — A few blocks from the finish line and even closer to the spot where the second bomb exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum and retail store that, for the first time, gives them a year-round, public presence.

Quotations in the News
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:30 am

"I am not going anywhere. I'm angry and ready to fight because today contradicts my public service and my entire life." — Sen. Bob Menendez after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a friend in exchange for political favors.

Wife of imprisoned Greek ex-defense minister flees hospital
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:00 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities say the wife of an imprisoned former Greek defense minister has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, where she was serving her sentence on the same corruption charges as her husband.

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:15 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators went into double overtime Wednesday night and Thursday morning in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June.

AP Poll: Russia anti-gay views on rise; teachers face brunt
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:15 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court — an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years.

Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 2:01 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a slow pace for U.S. interest rate hikes.

Woman's body recovered from Mississippi River in Minneapolis
Posted: April 02, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say the body of a young woman was recovered from the Mississippi River near the spot where a missing University of Minnesota student entered the water.

Future of pumpkin festival in New Hampshire council's hands
Posted: April 02, 2015

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by violent disturbances nearby last year.

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