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Medtronic would pick up $25M in CEO's special excise taxes

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:30pm
Medtronic will pay costs meant to discourage firms moving overseas.

WR Jerome Simpson's suspension upheld

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:10pm
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson’s three game suspension was upheld by the NFL. Simpson missed practice on Aug. 18 to meet with the league in New York to appeal the suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last season. The wide receiver avoided jail time in January after pleading guilty to careless driving and third-degree drunken driving following a Nov. 9 arrest. Simpson, 28, was placed on a one-year probation and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service in public schools. It’s the second suspension for Simpson, who is entering his sixth season, and it occurs just a day before the Vikings must trim their roster down to 53 players from 75 by 3 p.m. CT on Saturday. It’s unknown how Simpson’s suspension will impact whether they plan to keep five or six receivers. The 28-year-old previously served a three-game suspension when he first signed with the Vikings in 2012 for a drug arrest in September 2011 when he played for the Bengals. Despite knowing of a possible suspension, the Vikings opted to re-sign Simpson to a one-year deal in the offseason. He was used as the team’s third wide receiver in the preseason and had two catches for 25 yards in the four exhibition games.

French girl investigated over alleged jihad plan

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:50pm
A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home.

Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:30pm
Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.

Ex-US sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:30pm
A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:50pm
Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.

Strib Biz Live: Latest market swings and business talk

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:50pm
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.

Second Minnesota fighter may have been killed in Syria

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:50pm
The FBI is looking into the possibility that a Twin Cities Somali man was killed in Syria fighting with terrorists.

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:30pm
As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.

Ecuador to issue first government-backed digital currency

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:10pm
Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control.

Police shoot, kill armed man outside day-care center in Ramsey

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:10pm
The man was shot as he ran away from a reported “suspicious vehicle” parked outside the Learning Lodge. No one inside was hurt.

Daughter: Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:10pm
Joan Rivers was hospitalized Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said.

Final auditions over; Vikings finish preseason unbeaten

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:50pm
The Vikings fell just short of a shutout in a 2½-hour preseason finale.

Witness says slain suspect punched, charged at St. Paul cops

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:50pm
Police shot and killed a man around 6:20 a.m. on St. Paul’s West Side in a confrontation that one witness said involved the suspect throwing rocks. punching an officer and charging at the cops.

Gophers come to life in second half to cruise by Eastern Illinois

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:30pm
An announced crowd of 44,344 TCF Bank Stadium watched the Gophers overcome a slow start.

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:10pm
The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday.

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:10pm
Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company.

First look at St. Paul's renovated Turf Club, which reopens today

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:50am
Except for the new bathrooms and pending food service, patrons may not notice much that's different

Coalition wants Redskins name kept out of TCF Bank Stadium for Vikings game

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:50am
The anti-racism coalition says the Washington team’s name refers to the scalping of Indians.