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Vikings trim roster to 76, activate Chase Ford (foot) off PUP

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:30pm
The Vikings trimmed their roster from 90 to 76 players on Monday, announcing 14 players that were either released or waived due to injury. Safety Brandan Bishop, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall, tight end Kory Sperry, tackles Kevin Murphy and Pierce Burton, cornerbacks Derek Cox and Robert Steeples, defensive ends Tyler Scott and Jake Snyder and wide receivers Andy Cruse, Kamar Jorden, Erik Lora and Ty Walker were all released by the team. Safety Mistral Raymond (hamstring) was also waived with an injury designation. The Vikings also activated tight end Chase Ford off the physically unable to perform list. Ford missed all of training camp and the preseason due to a broken left foot. The Vikings still need to make one more cut by Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT. All 32 teams must have their rosters set to a maximum of 75 players at that time.

17-year-old fatally stabbed in chest during fight in northern Minnesota

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:30pm
A group was “chilling” outside a home, when two in the gathering began arguing and later were “on the road hopping back and forth like they were going to fight,” one witness said.

Live Blog: It's back to school this morning in Minneapolis

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:30pm
Today is the first day of school in Minneapolis and some other schools around the Twin Cities. A larger back-to-school day will be a week from Tuesday.

Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:50pm
The method, gaining attention from organic farmers, uses corncob grit instead of chemicals to protect crops.

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:10pm
Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Twin Cities woman, sister shot dead in Wisconsin; brother-in-law with ALS arrested

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:10pm
Sister from Lake Elmo; the suspect has ALS.

Neighbors debate closing Hidden Beach in Minneapolis

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:50pm
Bad behavior causes residents to weigh the summer hangout’s future. Park official see two choices: Open it wide, or shut it down.

Army: Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:30pm
An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.

Fair's Transit Hub encourages the masses to take the bus

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:30pm
The Green Line light-rail service also is expected to lure more fairgoers out of cars this year.

Jeff Bridges shows he really can sing at the Pantages

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:10pm
The Oscar-winning actor proved to be a stronger singer than either his albums or performance in "Crazy Heart" demonstrate.

Former BCA chief named to new archdiocese position

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:50pm
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Monday named a former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as its point man for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy.

St. Paul schools embrace iPad era

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:30pm
The St. Paul School District will roll out an iPad initiative this fall that is the largest ever for a state school system — and as the label on the back of each device makes clear, many people have a stake in it. “Provided by taxpayers of St. Paul for students of St. Paul public schools,” the tag reads.

US says American held in Syria has been freed

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:30pm
An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:10pm
The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

4 arrested in stabbing; 1 victim regains consciousness

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:50pm
The victims, both 21, were at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill when two women asked them for a ride about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Strong California quake shakes famed wine country

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:30pm
The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

Michael Brown called 'little kid in big body'

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:10pm
Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he'll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer— an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions.

'Gandhi' director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:50am
He is best remembered for directing 1982’s “Gandhi.”

Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:30am
Police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the United States said Sunday.

Zimmer reportedly tells Vikings that Cassel will start

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:10am
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer informed his players this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Rams, according to a FOX Sports report. Cassel had been battling first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater for the chance to start. But despite impressive preseason numbers from Bridgewater, which included four touchdown passes and no interceptions, it was clear throughout the summer that Cassel was firmly entrenched as the starter. Cassel got the majority of the first-team reps during training camp and started every preseason game for the Vikings. He played nearly three quarters of Saturday night’s 30-12 win over the Chiefs. Bridgewater, meanwhile, only received reps with the first-team offense in the preseason opener. Since drafting Bridgewater in May, Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman have said that they do not want to rush Bridgewater onto the field before he is ready. And they re-signed Cassel before even picking a quarterback to be the bridge to whoever their next quarter of the future would be. Zimmer is expected to formally announce his decision at a press conference later this morning.