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Congo court declares Tshisekedi president KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court has declared that Felix Tshisekedi is elected president after it rejected challenges to the vote by the runner-up, Martin Fayulu. The declaration came minutes after it turned away Fayulu's request ...

National

Slick road leads to 15-vehicle pileup ST. GENEVIEVE, MO (AP) — A 15-vehicle crash has blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri as snow from a massive winter storm swept through the area and slicked roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation issued the news of the ...

Minnesota

Minnesota high school gets $45K grant for food truck project BYRON, Minn. (AP) — A high school in southeastern Minnesota has received a $45,000 grant to give students the experience of running a food truck business. The Bush Foundation recently awarded Byron High School with the grant ...

More lenient state laws could chill low-alcohol beer market

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Until October, Oklahoma grocery ...

Gov. Burgum to work with Minn., S.D. governors

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is working to develop relationships with the new governors who recently took office in neighboring South Dakota and Minnesota. Burgum wants to collaborate with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who took office this month, on the $2.75 billion ...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing ...

History

Local History 50 years ago: The New Ulm FFA team finsihed third in the hog judging contest at the state Poland China show and sale here. 10 years ago: New Ulm Police Chief Erv Weinkauf received a state award at the Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annual Mid-Winter ...

Local Outlook

A 50 percent chance of snow today, mainly before 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 6. Wind chill values as low as -16. East wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -16. Southeast wind 5 to ...

Lotteries

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Multiple women eyeing 2020 race hands Democrats a ‘wonderful challenge’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the ...

Alaskan aftershocks rattle residents

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety. They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the ...

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The ...

Fireball at illegal Mexico gasoline pipeline tap kills 71; 85 missing

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he'd seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognize missing friends. He couldn't. Only a handful of the remains had skin. Dozens were burned to the bone or to ...

Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American veteran after rally

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys' high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Supermoon and Solar Shift Here comes the Age of Aquarius — the 2019 version, at least — ushered in with a side of supermoon to amplify the importance of philanthropy and humanitarianism. Aquarius is known as the Water Bearer, the Greek water boy to the gods. The gift of water is the gift ...

Dear Annie: A food weakness

Dear Annie: I have struggled with weight my entire life. I have been on every diet imaginable. I finally had bariatric surgery in 2014. I had complications and was very sick. Once I was better, the weight came off, and I kept it off for 3-1/2 years. I retired, and we sold our house and ...

Small touches create a great master bathroom

It's easy to design a gorgeous master bathroom if you have a huge budget. But with the right choices, says interior designer Gabriel Anderson, you can have an exceptional master bath without overspending. "Having huge expanses of marble is amazing and wonderful, but you don't have to have ...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, bills herself as a fighter for families

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats on Friday as a common-sense fighter for family, and especially children's, issues, in her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect. Unlike some of her potential ...

Mueller disputes accuracy of report on Trump, Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, citing two ...

Trump plans ‘major announcement’ on shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week. The White House declined to provide details late Friday about ...