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Serious decor with a fun, playful edge

Dorothy Draper once said of her decorating projects, "I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk." The influential Manhattan interior decorator was known for her exuberant use of color and pattern, such as bold, black-and-white checkerboard, hot pink and crimson, lime green ...

When managing birdfeeders, think bird health and safety

Feeding birds in winter is one of the nation's most popular wildlife-watching activities, yet many ornithologists say it's often more rewarding for people than for birds. And it might even put wild birds at risk. "Feeding birds is not necessary for their survival except in extreme weather ...

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest ...

History

Local History 50 years ago: Vern Kask won the all-events trophy in the men’s city bowling tournament with a 1928 score. 10 years ago: Mary Donnelly, New Ulm Medical Center radiologic technologist, was presented with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ...

Local Outlook

Mostly cloudy today, with a high near 15. Light east northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Snow likely at night, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 11. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches ...

Lotteries

Friday’s numbers: Daily 3 9-7-7 Gopher 5 02-20-31-34-43 Estimated jackpot: $120,000 Northstar Cash 04-05-07-22-29 Mega Millions 10-38-40-43-65, Mega Ball: 12, Megaplier: 2 Estimated jackpot: $190 million Powerball Estimated jackpot: $260 million

Met returning stolen coffin to Egypt

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art says it's returning a prized artifact to Egypt after learning it was stolen from the country in 2011. The Met said Friday that the Manhattan District Attorney's office found evidence that the museum was given a false ownership history ...

Trump declares emergency at border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain ...

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced ...

People in the News

Chicago police arrest 2 black suspects in attack on Smollett CHICAGO (AP) — The investigation into black actor Jussie Smollett's account of being beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack took a sharp turn Friday when police announced the arrest of two black men they believe assaulted the "Empire" ...

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois business

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary ...

International

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas ...

National

Alabama Confederate statue law to stay in effect amid appeal MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law that prohibits cities from removing Confederate monuments will remain in effect while the state appeals a judge's ruling that declared the statute constitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court ...

Minnesota

Prosecutors ask for 911 call played in ex-cop's murder trial MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman want jurors to hear a 911 call the officer responded to shortly before the ...

Omar’s edgy Israel tweet no surprise back home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state ...

Payless ShoeSource to close all of its remaining US stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales ...

New Deals (even green ones) are bonanzas for big business

Amazon is taking its ball and going home, and New York Democrats are actually celebrating. I wasn’t a huge fan of the deal New York and Amazon worked out. I don’t like corporate welfare, and the race among municipalities to bribe businesses to set up shop in their backyards has a lot of ...

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical causes of the hour. Brown ...

Dear Annie: Not the right gift, tell them why

Dear Annie: With Valentine's Day and Mother's Day coming soon, I would like to make a suggestion to children who send gift cards to their mothers or fathers. For Christmas, I received almost $400 in gift cards to clothing stores. I am very thankful and appreciative of these gifts, but I do ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Those who proclaim their good deeds aren't doing charity; they're doing PR. And while public relations campaigns that make the world a better place are better than no one doing anything, at this point in the Aquarius solar journey it will do your heart well to give benevolently and ...