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Earthquake shakes Mexico

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A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit Mexico on Sunday night in the state of Michoacan, USA Today reported.

There were no reports of significant damage, but oil company Pemex did report power losses that may have been a result of the quake, and Mexico City reported feeling tremors, according to Reuters.

The earthquake was initially reported as 6.2 before registering as a 5.9, news sources said. Overall, there were no lasting or significant problems as a result of the quake.

Boston bombing suspect responding to police

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The surviving suspect of the Boston bombing was awake and responding in writing to questions on Sunday evening, news sources reported.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is recovering from bullet wounds in the neck and leg after his capture on Friday, CBS News said. He was pulled wounded and bloody from under a boat in a backyard in Watertown after his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, died in a gun battle with police earlier that day.

A law enforcement official told USA Today that Tsarnaev is providing "substantial" information to investigators, though they declined proving any specifics about the information and questions.

Minneapolis considering renovations to Nicollet Mall

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Minneapolis leaders are seeking funding to renovate Nicollet Mall for the first time since it's last rebuild in 1990, news sources reported.

Peter Brown, project consultant for repairing and redesigning the mall, told MinnPost that the goals would be to rebuild the boulevard to make it more sustainable in the long-term, as well as to update the technology.

The city is not waiting for confirmation of the requested $20 million in state bonding funds to start designing the street, but instead has announced a design contest for the corridor that will take place this summer, according to the StarTribune. MinnPost said the winning design should be selected in September.

Minneapolis man arrested for Shakopee shooting

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Shakopee police arrested a suspect on Friday in connection with a Thursday shooting that left a high school student dead and two others wounded, news sources reported.

Police arrived at the 600 block of Gorman Street on Thursday night to find the three gunshot victims, one of whom was Marcos Antino Pantaleon, a 19-year-old Shakopee High School student, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Fox News. The other two victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Police said the incident occurred when three men opened fire on several people in an apartment building on the block around 10:45, the Star Tribune said. The 27-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested is one of three suspects for the crime, and the other two remain at large.

Grupo Modelo accident results in seven deaths

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A Corona brewery accident in Mexico City on Sunday resulted in seven dead workers, news sources said.

Corona beer maker Grupo Modelo told ABC News through a spokeswoman that the accident happened in a tank undergoing cleaning and maintenance.

"We are carrying out the corresponding investigations to find out the causes of the accident," Grupo Modelo was quoted as saying in a Financial Times article.

The company is currently the target of a $20.1bn takeover bid from Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to the Financial Times article.

Fire official: two trapped NC children may be dead

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Two children were trapped under dirt at a residential construction site in North Carolina on Sunday, and are not expected to be found alive, news sources reported.

The father of the kids called 911 around 6 p.m. to report the accident, but despite a quick response from rescue crews, the 7-year-old and the 6-year-old remain trapped, ABC news said.

Denver Fire Department public information officer Dion Burleson told the Associated Press that the rescue mission has become a recovery mission, meaning the boy and girl are believed to be dead, the Fremont Tribune reported.

News sources said recovery crews are expected to work into Sunday night as officials do not know how far down the children were trapped.

Three dead, five injured in I-94 crash in north Minneapolis

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Three people died and five were injured when their minivan overturned on I-94 in north Minneapolis on Sunday, news sources reported.

The crash, which happened just after 1 p.m., also resulted in moderate damage to two other vehicles, according to the StarTribune. None of the passengers in those two vehicles were injured.

"There appeared to be somewhat minor contact between the vehicles, and the vehicle that had the eight occupants, as a result of the contact, kind of lost control and rolled," Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol, said to the StarTribune.

North Memorial Medical Center confirmed that three people were in critical condition in the hospital as of Sunday night, Kare 11 News reported.

Minneapolis may legalize flea markets

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Flea markets may make an appearance this summer thanks to an ordinance approved by a Minneapolis city council on Thursday, news sources reported.

The ordinance would allow flea markets to operate if properly licensed, and if they do not sell electronics, guns, or drug paraphernalia, MPR News said.

The move to legalize flea markets is a result of citizen's concerns and support for the idea at a public hearing, the StarTribune reported. According to MPR, flea markets have been outlawed for around 60 years.

Three found dead in St. Paul suburb

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Authorities confirmed that three were found dead in their home on Sunday morning in Zimmerman, news sources reported.

Deputies arrived at the home at at 13309 5th Ave S. after a call from a family member of those dead, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition to the deputies, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist in the investigation, though investigators told Fox 9 news they are not seeking any suspects right now.

Police chase ends in fiery crash, arrest

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St. Paul police arrested a man Sunday morning after a car chase that ended in a fiery crash, news sources reported.

The incident began when police tried to stop a Hyundai Elantra on Minnesota 36 near Victoria Street. The driver took the Dale Street exit and continued for about three miles before broadsiding an SUV, the Pioneer Press said.

The SUV immediately burst into flames upon impact with the Elantra, trapping both drivers in their cars until rescue crews could pull them out, ABC news reported. Both are being treated for substantial injuries at a St. Paul hospital.

The driver of the Elantra, 33-year-old Florencio Cordero, could face two felonies concerning criminal vehicular injury and fleeing from police resulting in bodily injury if he is charged, news sources said.

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