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He Allegedly Went From Ashley Madison to Dark Web to Murder

Stephen Allwine accused of killing wife after requesting hit

(Newser) - Stephen Allwine allegedly had no moral objection to sleeping with women other than his wife, but he was opposed to divorce—or, at least, his church was. It's for that reason that he tried to arrange his wife's murder through the dark web and finally killed her himself... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

Teen Is Dead After Daring Gunman to Shoot

Motorist who fired fatal shot at Muhammed Rahim in Minnesota claims self-defense

(Newser) - A 17-year-old is dead in Minnesota after he dared a man who was pointing a gun at him to shoot. Police in Rochester say the fatal shooting occurred Sunday after a car accident involving the teen, Muhammed Rahim, and the shooter, 25-year-old Alexander Weiss, reports the Duluth News Tribune . Rahim'... More »

Bachmann: If 'Called,' I'll Run for Franken's Seat

The fiery Christian conservative shared the news with televangelist Jim Bakker

(Newser) - Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann says she's mulling a run for Al Franken's Senate seat, the Star Tribune reports. The former Minnesota congresswoman, whose controversial remarks helped make her a mainstay in 2012 Republican primary coverage, recently shared the news on The Jim Bakker Show , though she told the... More »

Woman Who Shot BF for YouTube Stunt Hears Fate

Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in June killing

(Newser) - She hoped the stunt would be a viral hit. Instead, it's likely to land Monalisa Perez behind bars. The 20-year-old Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, through a hardcover book the pair believed would stop the bullet on June 26.... More »

This Is the Woman Replacing Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith plans to run again for the seat in 2018

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election, per the AP . Smith was widely seen as Dayton's top choice from the moment... More »

With Franken Out, GOP Has Dream Candidate in Mind

A once-safe seat for Democrats is now up for grabs in 2018

(Newser) - Democrats aren't in immediate danger of losing Al Franken's Senate seat. Minnesota's governor is a Democrat himself and will choose within the party for his temporary replacement. After that, however, all bets are off. And that's bad news for Democrats, explains the AP : Franken would not... More »

Keillor Says MPR Made 'Enormous Mistake'

He wants 'full restoration of his reputation,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" made against the former A Prairie Home Companion host by a single person. Jon McTaggart, CEO of MPR's parent company, American Public Media... More »

Philando Castile's Girlfriend to Get $800K

Some of the money will be put in trust for her daughter, who also witnessed Castile's death

(Newser) - The girlfriend of a black Minnesota man shot and killed by a police officer last year is set to receive $800,000 in settlements over his death, the New York Daily News reports. Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car with 32-year-old Philando Castile on July 6,... More »

Minnesota Woman Helps Indict Nazi Death Camp Guards

88-year-old helped identify former SS officer

(Newser) - Judith Meisel says that when she was a teenager in the Stutthof concentration camp in western Poland, other prisoners told her: "Don't let us die without you mentioning what happened to us." The 88-year-old Minnesota resident has not forgotten: Her testimony helped German authorities indict two former... More »

Laundry Workers Made Awful Discovery. Now, a Lawsuit

Stillborn was thrown into hospital's dirty linens in 2013 incident, complaint alleges

(Newser) - A family is suing a Minnesota hospital for making a personal tragedy worse four years ago. Esmerelda Hernandez prematurely gave birth to Jose, a stillborn boy, in April 2013 at St. Paul's Regions Hospital, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports. As she and her family mourned Jose in her... More »

Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

Earl Melchert gave his $7K reward to the girl he saved

(Newser) - Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on Aug. 8, and she was reportedly held for nearly a month in an abandoned house, where... More »

Man Found Living With Bodies of Mom, Brother: 'I Loved Them'

'I am not some nut ball. People think I am, but I'm not'

(Newser) - A Minnesota man who lived in a house with the decomposing bodies of his mother and twin brother for about a year said he could not bring himself to report their deaths to authorities. "I was traumatized," Robert Kuefler tells the AP . "What would you do?"... More »

5 Most, Least Happy US States

Everything is awesome in Minnesota; not so much in West Virginia

(Newser) - If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands—especially if you're from Minnesota. The North Star State ranks highest in WalletHub's "Happiest States in America" list, which looked at all 50 across three main metrics: how emotionally and physically well its citizens are, work... More »

Cops: Girl Was Held 29 Days, Then Captors Went to Lunch

Jasmine Block praised for her strength and bravery

(Newser) - Jasmine Block is "an unbelievable young woman." That's what a police chief has to say after the 15-year-old escaped from captors who allegedly assaulted her over the course of a month. Block reportedly left her home in Alexandria, Minn., on Aug. 8 with a family acquaintance who... More »

Search for Missing Minnesota Couple Ends on Swampy Trail

It's believed Ron and Mary Tarnowski died the day they went missing

(Newser) - "We're not looking for a needle in a haystack, because we haven't found the haystack yet," said the police chief of Duluth, Minnesota, Saturday morning in regards to the case of an elderly couple who had been missing for 8 days. By the afternoon, a helicopter... More »

Explosion Rocks Minn. Mosque During Early Morning Prayer

No one was injured, but an office was heavily damaged

(Newser) - The FBI and ATF are investigating after a "destructive device" blew out windows and damaged an imam's office early Saturday at a mosque outside Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. According to Fox 9 , a device was thrown into the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington shortly after... More »

Janitor Killed in Explosion Wasn't Supposed to Be There

John Carlson, 82, died in Minneapolis school, as did Ruth Berg, 47

(Newser) - A private college prep school in Minneapolis is mourning two employees after an explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday. Officials say receptionist Ruth Berg, 47, and janitor John Carlson, 82, were killed in the natural gas explosion at the upper campus of Minnehaha Academy, the Star Tribune reports. Nine other... More »

Minneapolis School Partially Collapses After Explosion

2 people are unaccounted for

(Newser) - Two people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday at a private college prep school in Minneapolis, fire officials said. The Minneapolis Fire Department said the explosion was reported at Minnehaha Academy, a Christian school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The agency initially said... More »

Before Justine Damond's Fatal Shooting, a Slap

Warrant reveals that someone hit police car before shooting

(Newser) - A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The search warrant obtained by Minnesota Public Radio doesn't specifically... More »

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