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TV hen mauled to death: Court backs big payout

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that the owner of a chicken that was mauled to death by a dog in 2017 deserves a higher payout because the hen was trained and had TV experience. German news agency dpa reported Friday that a regional court in the western town of Kleve concluded ...

Winter storm pounds parts of Upper Midwest with heavy snow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A winter storm was pounding parts of the Upper Midwest with heavy snow and making travel treacherous Friday. Blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions were expected to move in overnight Friday in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. In South Dakota and ...

Trump assembles made-for-TV defense team

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. The additions on Friday ...

Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020?

CHICAGO (AP) — Days after President Donald Trump killed an Iranian general and said he was sending more soldiers to the Middle East, about 100 protesters stood on a pedestrian bridge over Chicago's Lake Shore Drive with an illuminated sign that read "No War in Iran." Some 200 people marched ...

US to screen airline passengers from China for new illness

NEW YORK (AP) — Three U.S. airports will screen passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed two and prompted worries about an international outbreak, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say they will ...

Appeals court won’t rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the ...

People in the News

Maddow reaches record audience with Parnas interview NEW YORK (AP) — There's no apparent impeachment fatigue among viewers of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Her prime-time show, which has been on for more than 11 years, had its largest audience ever when 4.5 million people watched Maddow's ...

Trump campaign tries robust outreach to expand his appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Selfies on a "Women for Trump" bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a "Black Voices for Trump" organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a "Latinos for Trump" event in Florida. President Donald Trump's surrogates fanned out across the ...

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are ...

International

IOC, Paralympics join Russian doping case BONN, Germany (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee want to have a say on Russia's doping ban. With Russia facing a four-year ban on its name and anthem at major events including the Olympics and ...

National

Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lake Tahoe avalanche TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — At least one person has died and another was seriously injured Friday in an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort, authorities said. The avalanche came after a storm passed through the area ...

Minnesota

Body found in Shakopee highway median SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State authorities are leading an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found in a highway median in Shakopee. A passerby called 911 Thursday about 3 p.m. after spotting the body in the median of Highway 169. ...

Virginia justices uphold weapons ban at pro-gun rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state’s capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court’s decision came a day after ...

Minnesota opens early voting in March 3 presidential primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota voters on Friday became some of the first in the country to cast ballots in the presidential primaries as early voting began for the state's Super Tuesday contest. Eligible Minnesota voters can now vote at county courthouses across the state, and early voting ...

Lotteries

Friday’s numbers: Daily 3 5-9-1 Gopher 5 09-16-21-28-32 Estimated jackpot: $185,000 Northstar Cash 02-03-08-12-22 Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $103 million Powerball Estimated jackpot: $321 million (Because of early deadlines related to weather, the Mega Millions ...

Democrats announce new criteria to qualify for Feb. 7 debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democratic National Committee on Friday announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges. As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet ...

History

Local History 50 years ago: Juel Reinhart was elected president of the New Ulm Snowmobile Club. 10 years ago: Connecting Point Technologies, operated by Steve and Sam Bloedow, opened at 103 N. Minnesota Street. 5 years ago: Dr. Christopher Wallyn accepted a donation from the Lafayette ...

Local Outlook

Saturday...A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9am. Widespread blowing snow, mainly between noon and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 1 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -24. Windy, with a west northwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Little or ...

Dear Annie: How to replace a beloved pet

Dear Annie: Our beloved family dog, Dasher, passed away last year. Dasher was a husky. She was the sweetest and best dog I ever could imagine. Good with the kids and our old kitty. When I contacted the breeder I bought her from, he said that he is no longer breeding. My friend suggested I look ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

A square of Mercury and Uranus puts a precarious spin on communication. Happy people can get carried away by a jovial moment and make promises they won't feel like keeping when their mood dips. Sad people go forward with decisions that will make no sense in a better mood. It's safest to do ...