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Man Charged With Murder for Partner's Suicide

Long Vang allegedly abused Jessica Haban for a decade

(Newser) - In a potentially unprecedented move for the state, a Minnesota man is being charged with murder for allegedly driving his partner to suicide. According to the Olmsted County Attorney , Long Vang and Jessica Haban were together for 10 years. During that time, Haban was subject to increasing levels of domestic... 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 »

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 »

$1.8M 'American Sniper' Award Yanked From Ventura

Federal appeals court overturns judgment for ex-Minn. governor in Chris Kyle case

(Newser) - Ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was set to collect $1.8 million from the estate of Chris Kyle, claiming the late Navy SEAL defamed him in his 2012 book American Sniper, but a federal appeals court nixed that 2014 judgment on Monday, the AP reports. In a 2-1 decision, the 8th... 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 »

UCLA Shooter's Slain Wife Was a Med Student

Cops believe Mainak Sarkar killed her before driving to LA

(Newser) - The woman on the "kill list" of UCLA gunman Mainak Sarkar was his estranged wife, who was apparently shot to death in her Minnesota home before Sarkar traveled to California, authorities say. Jean Johnson, grandmother of 31-year-old University of Minnesota medical student Ashley Hasti, tells the Star Tribune that... More »

Cops: Minn. Woman Set Another Woman on Fire

Suspect in custody after horrific St. Paul attack

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman who ran off after allegedly setting another woman on fire is now in custody, police say. St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster says the victim was hospitalized with severe burn injuries to her torso that "do not appear to be life-threatening" after the horrific Monday... More »

Woman Survives 100-Foot Fall During Hike

Fire chief calls Amber Kohnhorst's survival miraculous

(Newser) - Amber Kohnhorst was on what was supposed to be a short hike on northwestern Arizona's Rose Cliffs Trail Friday when she fell 100 feet. Amazingly, after being stranded for almost 25 hours, she survived—though she broke her nose, crushed her pelvis, and suffered three back fractures, Fox 10... More »

Cops: Auto Shop Gives Meth as Employee Bonuses

'Least now we know why the work was so fast'

(Newser) - Police are investigating after a Minnesota auto body shop gave its employees methamphetamine "bonuses," the Smoking Gun reports. Police say 40-year-old Jesse Seifert, owner of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, held a meeting this week and had his girlfriend, 39-year-old Nancy Loehlein, hand out a half... More »

Another Child Crushed by Ikea Dresser: Lawyers

Theodore "Ted" McGee was just 22 months old

(Newser) - Another Ikea dresser has apparently toppled over and killed a young child. Theodore "Ted" McGee was 22 months old when the unstable dresser fell and crushed him while he was napping on Feb. 14 in Apple Valley, Minn., his family's lawyers tell the Philadelphia Inquirer . His parents "... 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 »

Burger King Workers Wreck the Place After Prank Call …Again

There probably isn't gas building up in a Burger King right now

(Newser) - Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids... 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 »

ISIS Hackers Have 'Kill List' of Dozens of Minn. Cops

The list includes names, addresses, and phone numbers

(Newser) - An ISIS-affiliated group of hackers released a "kill list" that includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three dozen Minnesota police officers, KMSP reports. The list was found on the encrypted messaging app Telegram by web analysts at Vocativ on Monday. It was created by a... More »

World's First Water Bar Isn't Quite What You Think

Minneapolis' Water Bar will serve tap water for free

(Newser) - You could sit at home and drink your own tap water, or you could visit Minneapolis' Water Bar and drink tap water in the company of others. Shanai Matteson hopes you'll choose the latter option. Yes, Minneapolis will soon be home to what UPI calls the world's first... More »

Reporter Who Called County 'Worst Place to Live' Moving There

Christopher Ingraham insulted Minnesota—then fell in love with it

(Newser) - When Washington Post data journalist Christopher Ingraham wrote a column about the best and worst places to live in America last summer, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. In addition to deeming Ventura County, Calif., the most desirable county based on a "natural... More »

Dog Behind the Wheel When Semi Crashes

The truck hit a parked car and a tree in Minnesota

(Newser) - One Minnesota dog has apparently learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck, the AP reports. Customers at a gas station in Mankato saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road on Friday. Police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then... More »

Minnesota Sorry for Issuing 'FMUSLMS' License Plate

It will be revoked immediately

(Newser) - Someone at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety was maybe not paying close attention when they issued a personalized license plate reading "FMUSLMS" back in June. The plates got attention after a Somali community activist posted a picture of one on Facebook over the weekend, and now the DPS... More »

Her Sister's DWI Leads to DWI of Her Own

Minnesota woman just couldn't wait to spring her sis

(Newser) - There's sisterly devotion, and then there's "your sister would've understood if you'd waited till morning." Erica Stang apparently couldn't wait to go pick up her sibling from jail, though, so the 32-year-old Minnesota woman set out to make the trip to Stearns County... More »

Little House on the Prairie Movie in the Works

No word on cast yet; Sean Durkin will direct

(Newser) - One of NBC's most popular television series of the '70s and early '80s is leaving the Midwest and heading for Hollywood. Paramount Pictures will be adapting Little House on the Prairie, which ran on TV from 1974 to 1983 , for the big screen, per the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

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