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This Is the Best Public Restroom in America

Congrats, Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

(Newser) - It's not often you meet with a toilet so nice it's compared to a first-class seat. But that's exactly what travelers will encounter in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, home to the best public bathroom in the country, according to a survey by restroom supply company Cintas. The... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

6 Wounded in Downtown Minneapolis Shootings

Cops are trying to figure out if 2 separate shootings are linked

(Newser) - Six people in downtown Minneapolis were injured after being shot in two separate incidents in the early morning hours Monday, and police are trying to determine if the events are linked, the AP reports. KTSP notes that five of the victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds, while the sixth is now in... More »

$38.50 Will Get You Inside Prince's Home

Paisley Park is opening for public tours in October

(Newser) - Paisley Park, Prince's private estate and studio complex, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the AP reports. The company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it. Bremer Trust said in a statement that millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the... More »

Man Sues TSA for Making Him Miss His Flight

Hooman Nikizad wants $500 and change for long lines at Minneapolis airport

(Newser) - An hour-and-a-half wait on a TSA line in March not only gave a Minneapolis man agita—he says it caused him to miss his flight, and now he's suing the agency and the operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Star Tribune reports. "I had to buy... More »

Miss North Dakota 2003 Found Dead in Minneapolis

Police report on Samantha Edwards' death cited no signs of trauma

(Newser) - Police responding to a call early Tuesday found 2003's Miss North Dakota USA dead in a Minneapolis home. Samantha "Sami" Edwards' cause of death has not been revealed, but KARE11 reports a police report did not cite any visible signs of trauma. A friend reportedly found Edwards, 37,... More »

Teacher Watches Arrest, Nearly Gets Fired

Officials accused her of 'conduct unbecoming a teacher'

(Newser) - High school drama teacher Crystal Spring stopped on her way home last month to observe police arresting a young black man—and nearly ended up losing her job. Spring, who is white, was arrested in Minneapolis on May 19 and spent the night in jail when police accused her of... More »

Prince's Paisley Park: Future Tourist Attraction?

Trustees hiring 'monetization' experts

(Newser) - Prince is dead, but his estate is "a dynamic, wide-ranging business enterprise," a lawyer for the trust overseeing his assets declared at a court hearing in Minnesota Wednesday. The judge granted the Bremer Trust permission to hire entertainment and "monetization" experts to look at ways to keep... More »

Prince Lay Dead in Elevator for 6 Hours

He had also sought help for apparent opioid addiction

(Newser) - Prince was apparently battling opioid addiction when he died—and when he did die, he lay in an elevator for at least six hours before being found, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sources close to the investigation say Prince had suffered an opioid overdose on April 15 and received treatment... More »

Cop Pulls Over Guy Going 171mph

'This better be somebody famous so I could get an autograph'

(Newser) - A driver managed to hit speeds so high that the police officer chasing him felt uncomfortable as he followed behind at 140mph. The unnamed 36-year-old suspect was clocked driving his 2016 Camaro Coupe as fast as 171mph on a Minnesota expressway Friday night, police say. Deputy Chief Shawn Padden was... More »

Woman Shot 4 Times in 'Extreme Case of Road Rage'

'Stop the violence ... put down the guns'

(Newser) - A woman was shot four times in what police are calling an "extreme case of road rage" Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The 39-year-old victim is expected to recover. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press , the victim honked at a tan Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows... More »

11 Least Religious Cities in the US

Yup, Sin City makes the list

(Newser) - Haven't yet found God and don't plan to? You might feel right at home in Portland, San Francisco, or Seattle. Those are the least religious cities in the country, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute picked up by MarketWatch . Here are the 11... More »

Vikings' Suit: Wells Fargo Is Photo-Bombing Our New Stadium

Team says bank is trying to sneak extra exposure with mounted, lit signage

(Newser) - In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed it wouldn't use mounted, illuminated rooftop signs on its two 17-story office towers that flank the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Instead, it would use two 56-foot signs painted flat on the roof, with no illumination, the Pioneer ... More »

'Black Lives Matter' Protest Shuts Mall, Airport, Terminal

Flights were delayed at Minneapolis airport

(Newser) - Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters shut down America's biggest mall on Wednesday in what an organizer says was just a decoy for a protest that shut down an airport terminal. The protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., where they were met by hundreds of... More »

Suspects Nabbed in 'Black Lives Matter' Shooting

Suspects in Minneapolis attack that injured 5 may be charged with hate crimes

(Newser) - Two of three men accused of shooting into a crowd near a "Black Lives Matter" protest Monday night in Minneapolis, injuring five, have been arrested, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. A 23-year-old white suspect, who the police tell the Washington Post will be identified after being formally charged, was... More »

5 Shot Near 'Black Lives Matter' Protest

Witnesses say white supremacists opened fire after lurking for days

(Newser) - Minneapolis cops are seeking three white male suspects after a Monday night shooting that injured five near a "Black Lives Matter" protest outside the Fourth Precinct police station, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Per Black Lives Matter rep Miski Noor, "a group of white supremacists showed up at... More »

Unarmed Man Shot by Minneapolis Police Has Died

Jamar Clark's shooting has sparked protests

(Newser) - Jamar Clark died Monday night, a day after police shot him in a highly controversial incident on a Minneapolis street. The 24-year-old's shooting and subsequent death sparked protests Monday night, the AP reports; hundreds of people blocked traffic for hours on an interstate, ending with 42 arrests. The incident... More »

Ceiling Collapses in Freak Accident at 'Purple Rain' Nightclub

"We have no idea why or how it happened," GM says of ceiling collapse

(Newser) - Three people were hospitalized last night after a ceiling collapsed amid smoke and water streaming from up high at the legendary Minneapolis nightclub where Prince filmed part of his 1984 rock drama Purple Rain , the Star Tribune reports. In what First Avenue GM Nate Kranz calls a "terrible surprise,... More »

Drivers Had Really Unsafe Reaction to Ducks in Road

Somehow, no humans or ducks were injured

(Newser) - Now, the Minnesota State Patrol doesn't explicitly say, "Run over the ducks." But you can read between the lines to get that message after a harrowing video captured by DOT cameras on I-35 emerged. In it, a group of ducks crosses the highway as a dozen vehicles... More »

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