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Restaurant Owner Puts Up 'Muslims Get Out' Sign

'I feel what we’re doing is right,' Minn. man says

(Newser) - Muslim families won't be offered any treats at the Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, southern Minnesota: Owner Dan Ruedinger has arranged the sign board outside to read "Muslims Get Out." The sign says it is in "suport" of St. Cloud, where a Somali-American man stabbed nine... More »

Mall Attacker Was 'Most Assimilated Kid in Neighborhood'

Dahir Adan worked as a security guard

(Newser) - He was a recent college student with an interest in computers who had worked part time as a private security guard. He was said to be an honor student in high school. And he had nothing more than a minor traffic citation on his record. But on Saturday, for reasons... More »

Family IDs Assailant in Minnesota Mall Attack

Father says it was 22-year-old Dahir Adan

(Newser) - Authorities have not revealed the name of the man who stabbed nine people in a Minnesota mall on Saturday, but his family has identified him as 22-year-old Dahir Adan, reports the Star Tribune . Adan's father said he was a student at a local community college, adding that he had... More »

ISIS Claims Minn. Attacker Was Its 'Soldier'

Only 1 of 8 stabbing victims remains in hospital

(Newser) - An Islamic State-run news agency claims the man who stabbed and wounded eight people at a mall in Minnesota before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a "soldier of the Islamic State." The Rasd news agency reported the claim on Sunday, reports the AP , saying... More »

Columnist Turns Child's Tragic Death Into Story About Jeans

Says it's 'unseemly' for reporter to wear jeans during story on Jacob Wetterling

(Newser) - "I gave that newscast every single shred of hope and love I had for Jacob," KARE's Jana Shortal writes on Facebook . "You made it about my pants." Shortal reported on the final moments of 11-year-old kidnapping and sexual abuse victim Jacob Wetterling's life on... More »

Chevy Chase Checks Into Rehab

Rep says it's time for recovery 'tuneup'

(Newser) - Chevy Chase has checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota for treatment for an alcohol problem. Chase's publicist said Monday that Chase is at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for what she calls a "tuneup" in his recovery, the AP reports. Chase has had struggles with substances during his... More »

Family of Boy Missing Since 1989 Gets Closure

Remains believed to be those of Jacob Wetterling found in Minnesota

(Newser) - The remains of a boy missing since 1989 appear to have been found this week in Minnesota, USA Today reports. While authorities aren't confirming the identify of the remains, Patty Wetterling and another source tell the Minneapolis Star Tribune the remains are those of Wetterling's son Jacob, who... 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 »

Woman Brought to US as Nanny Treated Like Slave

Lili Huang charged with labor trafficking, false imprisonment, and assault

(Newser) - Prosecutors charged a Minnesota woman Friday with beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny, the AP reports. Thirty-five-year-old Lili Huang of Woodbury is charged with five felony counts, including labor trafficking, false imprisonment, and assault. According to the Star Tribune , the 58-year-old victim... More »

Viking Ship on Epic Journey Hits $400K Snag

It's a good thing Leif Eriksson didn't run into the US Coast Guard

(Newser) - It was an epic journey that was to end with the world's largest Viking ship making a tour of the Great Lakes. Now the ship might have to make a U-turn. The Draken Harald Harfagre—which made stops in the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland while... More »

Reality TV Judge to Rep Philando's Family, Sue Police

'Epidemic of African-American men being killed by police officers': former celebrity judge

(Newser) - The family of Philando Castile will be filing a civil lawsuit that will seek justice for his shooting death and also push for "systemic changes" to law enforcement to prevent violence and bias at the hands of police, Castile's mother and the attorney representing his family said at... More »

Cops Quit WNBA Security Over Players' Shirts

They included the names of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling

(Newser) - Four off-duty police officers providing security at a WNBA game in Minnesota walked off the job Saturday after players spoke out about police brutality. Several members of the Minnesota Lynx denounced racial profiling as well as the "senseless ambush" of Dallas police during a press conference ahead of a... More »

Dispatch Tape Offers Clue on Why Philando Was Pulled Over

'The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just 'cause of the wide-set nose'

(Newser) - Philando Castile's girlfriend says he was shot last week by a cop "for no reason at all," but there may be another clue as to why he was pulled over. ABC News has gotten its hands on police dispatch audio from the night of July 6, and... More »

Lawyer: Minn. Cop Was Reacting to Gun, Not Race

Says Philando Castile's death wasn't racially motivated

(Newser) - The Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile as he was reaching for his wallet during a traffic stop did so because of "the presence of that gun and the display of that gun," his lawyer tells the AP . "This had nothing to do with race. This... More »

Black Driver Shot 'for No Reason' During Traffic Stop

Minnesota man's girlfriend says he was reaching for wallet

(Newser) - A black driver pulled over for a broken tail light was fatally shot by police "for no apparent reason, for no reason at all," his distraught girlfriend says in a graphic video showing the aftermath of the shooting. In the video, Diamond Reynolds says Philando Castile, who can... More »

Veteran Saves a Bald Eagle Officials Left for Dead

'Fourth of July, you know, that's our bird'

(Newser) - In one of the most American stories to surface on Fourth of July weekend or any other weekend, a military vet in Minnesota used his sharpshooting skills to free a bald eagle named Freedom. The bird had been entangled in rope in a tree for more than two days when... More »

Cops: Man Beheaded Girlfriend's Alleged Rapist

Joseph Thoresen faces up to 40 years in prison

(Newser) - A Minnesota man and his unnamed girlfriend have been charged with brutally murdering and beheading a 20-year-old man the girlfriend claimed raped her, NBC News reports. According to KARE 11 , the girlfriend was upset when her boyfriend, 35-year-old Joseph Thoresen, informed her David Haiman was coming to their apartment June... More »

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 »

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