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Wisconsin football coach Bielema accepts Arkansas job

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas.

Suspect in Cold Spring, Minn., slaying says he's innocent

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The man arrested in the slaying of a Minnesota police officer says he was sleeping at the time and authorities have the wrong man.


CP gauging interest in railroad track in 4 states

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railway is looking into the possibility of selling 660 miles of track in South Dakota and three surrounding states, the railroad said Tuesday.

Recommendations advance for treating sex offenders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers will consider a recommendation to reform its costly, high-security sex offender program.


Dayton to meet Obama to talk about fiscal cliff

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and six other governors meet Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss the fallout of Washington's search for a long-term debt fix.

Pedestrian struck, killed by cab in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a cab driver in St. Cloud.


Canadian Pacific Railway say it's mothballing DM&E's Powder River Basin extension

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Canadian Pacific Railway says it will "defer indefinitely" plans to extend its South Dakota-based Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad network into the Powder River Basin so it can ship Wyoming coal to power plants in other states.


Palace: Duchess of Cambridge expecting a baby (video)

LONDON (AP) — Get the nursery ready: Britain's royal family announced Monday that Prince William and his wife are expecting their first child.


Midwest economic index rises slightly

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump will continue over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.


2 injured in crash landing of small plane in Rochester

ROCHESTER (AP) — Two of four people on board a small plane were injured when the pilot missed the runway while landing in heavy fog at the Rochester airport.


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Interleague play should be limited to one weekend

By Tim Dahlberg AP columnist The white uniforms circa 1918 were a nice touch, though perhaps the Red Sox should have stopped there. While nothing screams retro more than a guy with a megaphone announcing the next hitter, he might have at least learned how to pronounce Kosuke Fukudome’s name before trying to yell it out to everyone at Fenway Park.

Pacquiao shows once again why he’s headline act

Manny Pacquiao was always going to get his $20 million. That was part of the deal that lured him to this gambling city, where wealthy whales and B-list celebrities gathered ringside to watch him beat up yet another pretender to his crown.

Vikings-Giants game postponed, Favre gets extra day to heal

MINNEAPOLIS - Brett Favre has got to love a snowstorm. His ailing shoulder has been given another day to heal.


‘Los Suns’ show the way, but will other teams follow?

Why stop with “Los Suns?”


Big dogs in soccer must rule their own backyard

The latest tipping point for American soccer appears to be doing just that, tipping, and it’s located in Mexico City, no less.


Diplomat: Somali pirates seize U.S.-flagged ship and 21 American sailors

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 21 crew members aboard, a diplomat and a U.S. Navy spokesman said.