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Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

By TAMMY WEBBER and JOSH FUNK Associated Press CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year's ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri ...

Saudi stock offering creates world’s most valuable company

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable public company Wednesday when its shares made their debut on the Saudi stock exchange, part of an ambitious shift away from the very fossil fuels the ...

John “Jack” Leland Appel

WABASSO — John “Jack” Leland Appel, 75, of Wabasso, died on Monday, December 9, 2019. Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. on Friday at the Nelson-Hillestad Funeral ...

US stocks notch modest gains as Fed leaves rates unchanged

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Wall Street capped a wobbly day Wednesday with modest gains for stocks, snapping a two-day losing streak for the S&P 500. The market shook off a mixed start after the Federal Reserve announced it is would be leaving interest rates unchanged this month ...

Leaders scramble for final votes as UK’s ugly election ends

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts. On the last day of the campaign, political leaders dashed around the U.K. on Wednesday trying to win over millions of undecided voters who will likely determine ...

Impeachment trial: Trump wants drama, but GOP wants it over

By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO Associated Press Washington (AP) — Donald Trump wants more than acquittal. He wants vindication. With impeachment by the House appearing certain, the president has made clear that he views the next step, a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, as his ...

Watchdog caught in political crossfire

On Russia report By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving ...

North Dakota ethanol company advances carbon storage project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota ethanol company is preparing to store its carbon dioxide emissions underground and the state's coal-fired companies are considering following suit. Red Trail Energy, which converts corn into ethanol fuel at its Richardton plant in Stark County, plans to ...

Longest-serving Minnesota legislator ever says he’ll retire

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The all-time longest serving member of the Minnesota Legislature announced Wednesday that he'll retire instead of seeking a 25th two-year term. Democratic Rep. Lyndon Carlson, who took office in 1973, said in a statement that he looks forward to being an active ...

Dear Annie: Searching for balance, peace

Dear Annie: I am writing in hopes that you can provide a different and fresh perspective. I have two sons: "George," 28, and "Fred," 35. George has lived with us on and off for the past 10 years. I call him my "boomerang kid." He has finally landed a decent job, and we are giving him six more ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

When you experience something that delights you to the core, you're driven to share it. But not everyone you're close to likes the same things as you. There's big, double-sized fun on tap under the full Gemini moon, especially for those who make the effort to be with special ones who can join ...

International

Landslide in Brazil capital spills 4 cars into building site RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A landslide at a construction site in Brazil's capital Tuesday tumbled four cars parked on an adjoining road into the excavation for a planned building. The accident occurred just a few miles from ...

National

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators in Kansas City, the zoo announced Tuesday. It is the first time in ...

Minnesota

5 Minnesotans sickened by E. coli linked to salad kits ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five Minnesotans have gotten sick from eating salad kits linked to an outbreak of E. coli, state health officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Health says the Minnesotans became ill between Nov. 8 and ...

People in the News

Stormy Daniels' lawyers argue for timely payments COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge should grant attorney fees to lawyers who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Ohio's capital city before competing claims on Daniels' $450,000 settlement are dealt with, including a claim ...

Democrats, White House forge new North American trade deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and the White House announced a deal Tuesday on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that impeachment charges were announced against him. Both sides ...

San Francisco aims to rein in tests of tech ideas on streets

By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public. ...

6 killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, authorities said. The dead included the two gunmen, Jersey City Police Chief ...

US stocks dip ahead of looming weekend deadline on trade

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday ahead of a looming weekend deadline for trade talks between Washington and Beijing. A new round of U.S. tariffs is scheduled to take effect on Chinese goods Sunday, the latest escalation in a trade dispute that has dragged on economies ...

Democrats’ impeachment charges say Trump ‘betrayed’ US

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, declaring he "betrayed the nation" with his actions toward Ukraine as they pushed toward historic proceedings that ...