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St. Paul woman acquitted in murder trial

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A St. Paul woman was acquitted Saturday on charges of second-degree unintentional murder and charges of manslaughter for the death of her infant son.

Jessica Caldwell was accused of assaulting her son because he was "whiny," the prosecutor said in his closing arguments, according to the Star Tribune.

After two days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Caldwell.

Caldwell's boyfriend had earlier been charged with with one count of manslaughter in a separate case, the Pioneer Press reports.

Vikings fall short against Lions

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The Vikings nearly staged a comeback against the Lions Sunday, before losing 34-28.

Despite four turnovers by rook quarterback Christian Ponder, the Vikings still had a chance to win in the dying seconds. Joe Webb, in for the benched Ponder, fumbled the ball to end the game, the Star Tribune reports.

The Lions' playoff hopes are in full swing with the win. With a record of 8-5, they are currently in the lead in the wild card standings, according to the Pioneer Press.

At 2-10, the Vikings at least kept hopes alive of having a top two draft pick.

Homeless man dies in fire

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A homeless man who set a fire to keep warm in an abandoned house in Minneapolis died Wednesday of smoke inhalation.

Firefighters found the man unconscious on the first floor of the house after responding to a call about a fire in the home, according to the Pioneer Press reports.

They go on to report that two firefighters fell through the floor into the basement and suffered minor injuries.

The Star Tribune reports that the death of the man has prompted the Minneapolis Fire Department to warn people about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Late Ponder interception leads to Vikings loss

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A late Christian Ponder interception led to a Vikings loss to the Broncos Sunday.

The rookie quarterback had been playing well up to that point, and set a Vikings rookie record for passing yards thrown in a game, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Vikings were ahead for most of the second half, but Tim Tebow, the Broncos quarterback, was able to keep his team in the game, according to the Star Tribune.

The Vikings lost despite recording 27 first downs to Denver's 13.

Ten students suspended after Facebook postings

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Ten Coon Rapids High School students were suspended after they made harassing and threatening comments on Facebook.

The Facebook postings culminated in a shouting match in the stairway of the school that teachers had to intervene in, according to the Star Tribune.

ABC Newspapers reports that some of the postings were made during school hours on cell phones.

They go on to report that administrators handed out the suspensions, which ranged from three to 10 days, based on how inflammatory the postings were.

2 people arrested in Occupy protests

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Two men involved in the Occupy Minnesota protests were arrested over the weekend.

The men were arrested at a foreclosed house that a group of protesters had occupied. The Star Tribune via the Associated Press reports that the first man was arrested for trespassing and burglary, while the other was arrested for obstruction of justice.

The second man refused to move for police, and a video on the Occupy Minnesota showed a police squad car slowly running into the man.

The foreclosed house was previously owned by a University of Minnesota anthropology professor, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Daily went on to report that the protesters gathered at the house to protest against unfair foreclosures.

Mark Dayton pushes urgency in stadium bill

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Mark Dayton called on Republicans in state congress Tuesday to propose their own financing plan for the new Vikings stadium.

Dayton claimed to have a plan prepared, but chose not to unveil it after Republican leaders said they opposed a special legislative session to go over a stadium bill, according to the Pioneer Press.

Kurt Zellers, one of the Republican leaders against the special session, is against any fast-moving plans for the stadium, instead preferring a slow approach to make sure the right plan is put in place, the Star Tribune reports.

One of Dayton's main reasons for hurrying the construction is the amount of jobs the project would create, the Pioneer Press went on to say,

Anoka police searching for shooter

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Anoka police are searching for a gunman after a man was shot in the head Friday.

The wounded man is in stable condition at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, while the shooter is still at large, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune reports that authorities said that the gunman and the victim knew each other, but no arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing, and search warrants have been obtained to search the premises.

Vikings stadium talk gets going

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Mark Dayton is spearheading a plan for a special session for the legislature in January regarding a Vikings stadium deal.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers has been one of the biggest opponents of the special session, saying that the stadium was not important enough for a special session, according to the Star Tribune.

Meanwhile, My Fox 9 reports that the Vikings have launched a new public relations campaign to raise support for the stadium. The ads will originally be online, with plans to expand them into print and television.

The Vikings have said that a new stadium would benefit the state, and that message is the primary focus of the campaign.

Africans in Minneapolis wanted for movie roles

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Africans in Minneapolis were called for casting Saturday for a new Tom Hanks' movie about Somali pirates.

The film, titled "Capt. Phillips," called for men, women, and boys to audition at the Brian Coyle Center Minneapolis, according to the Associated Press via the Pioneer Press.

The movie is about a U.S. captain's run-in with Somali pirates, the Star Tribune reports.

Sony Pictures put out the casting call, and Minneapolis was chosen because of its large population of Somalians.

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