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Hong Kong clears part of unruly protest site

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:45pm
Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday began clearing away some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.

Budweiser gives Clydesdales holiday pink slip

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:25pm
Budweiser is putting its Clydesdales out to pasture for the holidays.

Black church, civic leaders decry 'inconsistent' treatment of Adrian Peterson

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:05pm
A coalition of black ministers and community leaders on Monday decried the “inconsistent, harsh and culturally insensitive” treatment of Adrian Peterson for his recent suspension from the Minnesota Vikings, days after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for beating his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

Maplewood police investigate abduction, threat of sexual assault

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:45pm
Maplewood police were looking for a man who they believe abducted a woman early Sunday and threatened to sexually assault her.

Kalil says post-game incident with fan 'not a big deal'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:05pm
Left tackle Matt Kalil spoke with reporters this afternoon, a day after he declined to speak with the media on his way out of the locker room following the 24-21 loss to the Packers and then got into an altercation with a fan as he exited TCF Bank Stadium. Kalil opened with a statement in which he apologized to the media for not talking yesterday. “The whole incident yesterday with the media thing and the fan, obviously a lot of frustration losing a game like that and losing [right tackle] Phil [Loadholt] in the game to injury and stuff like that,” he said. “Obviously I was a little upset. But hopefully you guys didn’t take anything personally. It was just one of those days, so I apologize for that.” Kalil, however, did not apologize to the fan he got into the altercation with outside the stadium. The fan was Rhett Wade, a 25-year-old Eagan resident. On Twitter, Wade wrote that he asked Kalil, “Where do you want to be traded?” He also told Kalil that he would rather have Kalil’s brother, Ryan, a center for the Panthers, instead of Kalil on the Vikings. “Just talking. He’s just a fan, so. Not a big deal,” Kalil said today when asked what the fan said to him. “He just caught me when I had a short fuse that day,” Kalil said, later adding, “It’s not like I dog-cussed the guy out or anything like that.” Kalil did, however, walk over to Wade and knock the hat off his head before leaving the scene. Kalil said he was frustrated with the way he played against the Packers. He was called for three penalties for 35 yards. He did not allow a sack, though, according to Pro Football Focus. But while Kalil said five times that he didn’t think the incident with the fan was “a big deal,” he did say that he should have just shrugged the fan off and that he hopes to learn from the incident. “It was one of those things when I walked away, ‘You know, what am I doing? That guy is not really worth my time,’” Kalil said. “Obviously I’ll learn from that and won’t let them get the best of me.” It is possible that Kalil could be fined by the league for the incident.

Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:45am
Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management.

$50 million grant extends U's effort on emerging diseases

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:25am
Bird flu and Ebola have alerted researchers to links among humans, animals, environmental factors.

I beg your pardon? 2 Minnesota turkeys get send-off instead

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:25am
Following a longstanding tradition, Gov. Mark Dayton hosted a pair of table-bound Minnesota turkeys to promote a burgeoning state industry in its biggest week of the year.

Charges: Addict puts knife to Mpls. pharmacy customer, demands pills, ODs

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:05am
At the time of last Tuesday’s late-morning robbery, Charette was about five weeks into his supervised release from prison after pulling off similar crimes in Minneapolis.

Clean energy groups join N.D.-Minn. energy appeal

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:05am
The two-year legal battle over a state energy law’s effect on coal-burning utilities in N.D. is attracting national attention.

No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets overnight

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:45am
A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

Niederreiter, Zucker provide punch as Wild dumps Florida

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:25am
Jason Zucker scored twice, while Nino Niederreiter hit double digits in goals scored this season.

Two men charged in armed robbery of St. Paul TCF Bank

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:45am
Two St. Paul men allegedly robbed a TCF Bank at gunpoint last week and fled, apparently unaware that authorities were following them via a GPS tracking device that had been placed with the money.

GOP lawmaker asks for AG look into MNsure contract with Gruber

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:25am
State Rep. Greg Davids asked Attorney General Lori Swanson in a letter to review a MNsure contract with controversial consultant Jonathan Gruber.

Strib Biz Live: Latest market swings and business talk

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:25am
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.

Wisconsin clarifies where Paul Bunyan's Axe will be Saturday

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 7:25am
Wisconsin’s Andersen, before clarifying, said the winning team won’t find its prize until it gets to the locker room.

Kalil reflects on tough day, apologizes to media

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:45am
Kalil was flagged three times for 35 yards against the Packers and declined to speak to the media in the locker room. Then Kalil flicked the hat off the head of Rhett Wade, a 25-year-old Eagan resident and Vikings fan, who heckled Kalil outside the stadium.

St. Paul hummingbird catches a flight to Texas

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:45am
After taking an errant left turn to Minnesota, Wrong-way Rufous has finally made his way down south for the winter, thanks to a private jet supplied by an anonymous donor. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota said Monday that the rufous hummingbird — not often seen in these parts, and certainly not in November — was flown south this weekend and released Sunday in Texas.