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Thinking of Retiring? Keep These Cities on Your Radar

The Sunshine State looks especially tempting for your golden years

(Newser) - Already thinking ahead on where you want to kick back once you stop punching a time clock for good? WalletHub scrutinized more than 180 US cities to suss out which ones seem most appealing for retirees, looking at nearly four dozen key metrics across four categories: affordability (including cost of... More »

6 Injured After Van Slams Into Crowded Bus Stop

3 of them are critically injured

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating why and how a van driver slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis on Tuesday, injuring at least six people, including three critically, the AP reports. The crash happened at a busy intersection at about 9:30am. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said the... More »

Don Damond: I Told Justine to Make the Call

What happened next was 'tragic, wrong, unjust'

(Newser) - "My first thought was, 'I want her to be safe.'" It was for that reason that Don Damond told his fiancee to call police on the night of July 15, 2017, after she heard what she thought was a sexual assault taking place near the couple'... More »

City Reaches Big Settlement in Fatal Police Shooting

Minneapolis will pay $20M over the death of Justine Damond

(Newser) - The city of Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman fatally shot by a police officer when she approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members detailed the settlement just three days after a... More »

Cop Who Shot Justine Damond Explains His Thinking

'Action is better than reaction,' says Mohamed Noor about fatal shooting of Justine Damond

(Newser) - For nearly two years, the former cop who fatally shot Australian life coach Justine Damond in Minneapolis has stayed mum. That changed Thursday, when Mohamed Noor made his first public remarks on the July 2017 shooting and what led up to it, speaking at his trial in a Hennepin County,... More »

After Discarding Napkin, Man Arrested for 1993 Murder

Police believe DNA has solved another cold case

(Newser) - Police in Minnesota say a napkin discarded at a hockey game helped link a man to a brutal murder committed more than 25 years earlier. Investigators say 52-year-old Jerry Westrom was identified as a suspect after a close match to DNA found at the 1993 crime scene was discovered on... More »

Looking for Love? Try These Places

WalletHub's 10 best (and worst) picks for singles

(Newser) - They don't call it "Hotlanta" for nothing. The Georgia capital has attained the No. 1 spot on WalletHub's best cities for singles , based on the site's look at more than 180 metropolitan areas. The metrics considered everything from how much dating activities cost—from cocktail prices... More »

$50M Suit Filed by Family of Woman Killed by Minn. Cop

Justine Ruszczyk Damond's father says problems within Minneapolis PD are 'systemic'

(Newser) - The family of an Australian-US citizen who was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the officer conspired with his partner to hide what really happened. The complaint filed in US District Court alleges Justine Ruszczyk... More »

EMS Staff Used 'Date-Rape Drug' on People at Cops' Request

Minneapolis police accused of abusing power

(Newser) - Ketamine, a powerful sedative used on both humans and animals, is referred to as a "date-rape drug" in the Minneapolis police manual because it can alter or erase memory. It's also used to subdue suspects at the request of Minneapolis police, according to a city report. The report... More »

Driver Being Chased by Cops Hits 3 Kids in Playground

Youngest Minneapolis sibling was critically injured

(Newser) - An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities say. State troopers tried to stop 27-year-old Kabaar Powell for speeding on Interstate 94 on Monday, but he tried to flee, authorities say. They say he eventually got... More »

Alaska Airlines Pilot Says She Was Raped by Captain

He remains at work, Betty Pina alleges in lawsuit against airline

(Newser) - Last June, an Alaska Airlines pilot reported that her captain drugged and raped her during a layover in Minneapolis. Nine months later, he's still in the job, according to her lawsuit against the airline. It describes how Betty Pina, 39, and Paul Engelien, 50, arrived in the concierge room... 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 »

Fake Street Signs Mock Minneapolis Police

Someone put up at least 2

(Newser) - The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked the posting of at least two fake street signs warning people of "easily startled" officers. The Star Tribune reports that the signs were spotted this weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul. The... More »

Police Chief Resigns in Wake of Justine Damond Shooting

Janeé Harteau's resignation was requested by Minneapolis mayor

(Newser) - Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has stepped down at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Harteau is leaving the police department less than a week after Justine Damond was shot and killed by officer Mohamed Noor. "I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s... More »

Police Chief: 'Justine Didn't Have to Die'

Harteau makes first comments on shooting of bride-to-be

(Newser) - "Justine didn't have to die," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said Thursday in her first public comments on the shooting of an Australian bride-to-be who had called 911 to report hearing a possible sexual assault. The chief described the fatal shooting as "unnecessary" and said she... More »

Why Cop Who Shot Bride-to-Be Doesn't Have to Talk

Any lawyer who tells Mohamed Noor to should be disbarred, says one attorney

(Newser) - The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape still hasn't spoken with investigators and doesn't have to, but he will be compelled to give a statement to his department as part of an internal investigation. Officer Mohamed Noor... More »

Bride-to-Be Called 911 Once, Then Again 8 Minutes Later

City releases transcripts of Justine Damond's calls

(Newser) - Justine Damond called 911 twice to report a possible sexual assault in progress before she was shot dead by one of the responding officers , according to transcripts released by Minneapolis on Wednesday. In the initial call, at 11:27pm Saturday night, the 40-year-old Australian said she feared somebody was being... More »

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