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Champions bar sues Minneapolis

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Champions Saloon and Eatery is suing the city of Minneapolis for engaging in what it says is a racially-motivated and malicious attempt at shutting its doors, said Eric Roper of the Star Tribune.

The bar, located on Lake and Blaisdell streets in southern Minneapolis, filed the lawsuit Thursday morning, Roper said.

Rick Nelson, Champion's owner, says he feels the police are unfairly targeting his business, said Holly Wagner of WCCO.

It all stems from a drug bust that happened earlier this year where police say undercover officers bought crack in big drug deals on several occasions at Champions and at the bus stop right outside the bar, Wagner said.

The owner says these events and their high media profile damaged Champions' reputation, according to a KARE11.com article. Of the 14 people arrested, only two were convicted in court, and none had any connection to Champions.

Champions attorney Ed Matthews says city licensing officials attempted to use the arrests as grounds for attempting to revoke Champions' liquor license, according to the article.

Adrian Peterson ran for 210 yards, but it was not enough, as the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field Sunday 23-14, said Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.

Despite a great effort on the ground, Christian Ponder threw two costly interceptions that ended up costing the Vikings the game, Wiederer said.

The Vikings playoff hopes took a big hit, as they fell to 6-6 with the loss, said Jack Cassidy of SBNation.com.

The victory was Green Bay's tenth straight over a NFC North opponent, and put them into first place in the division, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com said.

The Chicago Bears lost at home to the Seattle Seahawks to allow the Packers to move into first place, Seifert said.

The Vikings will try to get back into the win column next week with a home game against the Bears, and will play the Packers once more in week 17.

The Egyptian High Court suspended its session Sunday after protestors blocked them from entering the courts, said Reza Sayah of CNN.com.

The judges said they will not return to work until they can do so with no psychological or physical pressures, Sayah said.

The court was set to rule on the legitimacy of a legislative assembly that pushed through a new constitution referendum last week, said David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times.

Upon approaching the court on Sunday morning, the judges said in a statement that they saw crowds "closing the entrances of the roads to the gates, climbing the fences, chanting slogans denouncing its judges and inciting the people against them," Kirkpatrick said.

Many of the protestors see the court as a vestige of the ousted Mubarak regime, according to a Reuters.com article.

This is the same court that dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood-led lower house of parliament in June, the article said.

Cold Spring officer killed

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A suicide call led to the shooting of Cold Springs officer Tom Decker Thursday night, said Larry Oakes of the Star Tribune.

Ryan Larson, who lived in an apartment above the bar where Decker was shot, has been accused of murder, and is currently in custody, Oakes said.

Chief Phil Jones described Decker as the office jokester, and said everyone who met him, liked him, according to a Kare11.com article.

Jones added that Decker was married with four kids, the article said.

The man taken into custody, 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring, was being held Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to a WCCO.com article. The county attorney's office was considering criminal charges.

Several guns were found, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but the agency was searching for additional weapons that may be related to Decker's death, the article said.

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