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2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLES-TON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black ...

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

BUTEMBO, Congo (AP) — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday. Butembo city's deputy mayor, Patrick Kambale Tsiko, told The Associated Press that the attackers armed ...

International

Ukraine quiet ahead of election KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a ...

National

Washington state lawmaker's comments raise ire of nurses OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State ...

Minnesota

Conservation officer thrown off boat, dies PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died after being thrown from a boat while responding to a call about a possible body in a lake near Pine City. Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Columbine honors 13 it lost with service, ceremony

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects and laying flowers and ...

Utilities, local officials tally cost of ice storm damage

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Electricity has been restored for nearly all of the thousands of Minnesota residents who lost power after a late winter storm that pummeled power lines with ice, snow and 50-mph winds. But now state officials are bracing for the recovery costs as utilities and ...

Armed civilian border group member arrested in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested Saturday in a border community on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, authorities ...

Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group's February raid on North Korea's Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with ...

Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued alleging she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in the office. Karimah Guion-Pledgure said in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag ...

Lotteries

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History

Local History 50 years ago: The dairy judging team from the New Ulm FFA Chapter finished second in the region FFA meet. 10 years ago: An 11-year old boy, Ben Heckmann, of Farmington, wrote and illustrated his own book called “Velvet Black — The Incredible Tale of Four Rock Stars.” 5 ...

Local Outlook

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 80. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. A chance of showers and thunderstorms at night, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around ...

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT ...

Abusive parents sentenced to life

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their ...

Dear Annie: Friends no fun to shop with

Dear Annie: Each year for the past 10 years or so I have gotten together with four close friends I’ve known since middle school. We are now in our early 60s. Usually we gather in a place that has wonderful clothing stores. I live in an area where shopping is limited, so I often see items ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy Late Easter This year features a late Easter. Biblically, the holiday relates to Passover, which is the first full moon after the vernal equinox, a date determined by the lunisolar Hebrew calendar. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The ...

To a tea: handcrafted gifts that celebrate a nice cuppa

Lana Effron, a Denver-based graphic designer with an online shop and a collaboration with Terrain , the home and garden retailer, has a motto she brings to all her work. "Nice matters," Effron says. "That little bit extra of something handmade, something original, makes even a small gesture ...

Shared grief and memories make Notre Dame a unifier online

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As foreign leaders expressed solidarity with France as it mourned the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral, people around the world shared their grief on social media along with unforgettable memories from the Paris landmark. They posted selfies and family photos that were ...

Front & Center

Submitted photo Budenski promoted Jared F. Budenski (right), a 1996 graduate of New Ulm High School, was recently promoted to the rank of major in the United States Army. Col. Clinton Cox, Fort Benning Garrison Commander, officiated at the promotion ceremony, held at the National Civil War ...