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A Mississippi man was charged Saturday with possession and use of a biological agent as a weapon after sending letters containing ricin to President Obama and other high ranking government officials, according to CNN.
Everett Dutschke, 41, if convicted could face max penalties of a $250,000 fine and life in prison, according to Reuters. He is expected in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Dutschke was arrested days after the FBI released a suspect they had in custody for the crime, according to CNN.
Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi, told FBI agent, "well, I don't eat rice, and I don't have any rice in the house," after being asked about the ricin-laced letters, according to CNN.

A man in Coon Rapids drove his car through the back wall of a garage Tuesday night, hitting two people and fleeing the scene, according to
Brian Rollefstad, 27, was charged Thursday with three counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of driving while impaired, according to the Pioneer Press.
The two people who were struck by the car were taken to Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatinging injuries, according to the Pioneer Press.
Rollefstad has a criminal history, including a 27-month prison sentence in 2007 after entering a guilty plea to felony terroristic threats, and a 2005 felony second-degree arson conviction for which he was placed on probation for 10 years, according to
Bail was set at $20,000 and his next court date is May 21, according to

St. Paul has finalized an environmental assessment and cleared the construction of the new Saints baseball stadium Tuesday, according to the Pioneer Press.
The new stadium is set to open for the 2015 season in Lowertown, holding 7000 seats and costing approximately $54 million, according to the Star Tribune.
Demolition is expected to begin in June at the site where the Gillette/Diamond Products building is currently, according to the Star Tribune.
The assessment found that the amount of parking that currently exists is enough to accommodate the new stadium, according to the Pioneer Press.

Bangladesh building collapse kills at least 80

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A commercial building outside of the Bangladeshi capital collapsed Wednesday morning killing at least 80 people and injuring over 600, according to CNN. Reuters is reporting 96 dead.
The building housed a bank, three garment units, and approximately 300 other shops, according to CNN.
Area police said factory owners were warned of a crack in the block Tuesday and employees should not enter the building, according to Reuters.
A national day of mourning was set for Thursday, according to CNN.

A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Friday for his involvement in a Shakopee shooting that left one dead and two wounded, according to the Star Tribune.
Steven Andre Moore was taken into custody, however two male suspects are still at large, according to the Pioneer Press.
According to police, the three assailants went to the victims apartment around 11 p.m., a fight ensued and gunfire took place, according to the Pioneer Press.
"This was not a random act of violence," said Police Chief Jeffrey Tate, according to the Star Tribune.


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A 26-year-old Alabama man has pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists Friday, according to the AP.
Randy "Rasheed" Wilson was taken into custody while attempting to board a flight to Morocco by FBI agents in December 2012 after a two year investigation, according to Reuters.
Wilson's sentencing is set for October 18, if found guilty he could face 15 years in federal prison, according to the AP.

At least 27 killed in suicide attack in Baghdad

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A suicide bomber took his own life Thursday at a cafe in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people, according to Reuters.
The Huffington Post is reporting the death toll is up to 32, with another 65 wounded.
The attack came two days before provincial elections, according to Reuters.
Sunni Islamists with al Qaeda ties have been carrying out at least one major attack a month since the beginning of 2013, according to Reuters.
"It was a huge blast," a police official at the scene said. "Part of the building fell in and debris hit people shopping in the mall below," according to Reuters.

The remains of a stillborn baby at Regions Hospital were sent to a laundry facility Tuesday after being mistaken for dirty linen, according to the Pioneer Press.
"This was a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," said Chris Boese, chief nursing officer at Regions Hospital, according to the Pioneer Press.
The body was found Wednesday by staff at Crothall Laundry in Red Wing, Minn.. The staff then notified the police, according to the Associated Press.
The police do not suspect any foul play in the case, according to the Associated Press.
Regions Hospital said they need to investigate the situation further before they will comment about staffing changes following the incident, according to the Pioneer Press.

Schaffhausen jury begins deliberating

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The jury in Aaron Schaffhausen's murder case has begun deliberations Tuesday after two weeks of testimony, according to the Star Tribune.
Schaffhausen is on trial for the killing of his three daughters last summer, according to the Pioneer Press.
The defense is asking the jury to find Schaffhausen not responsible for the murder due to mental illness, according to the Pioneer Press.
Prosecutors are portraying Schaffhausen as a man who wanted to cause his ex-wife pain, according to the Star Tribune.
If Schaffhausen is found to not be responsible for the murder, he would be committed to a mental health institution. If he is responsible for his actions he will be sentenced to life in prison, according to the Pioneer Press.

St. Paul prostitution ring busted

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Four men and one woman were charged Wednesday with felony sex trafficking, according to the Pioneer Press.
The four men are from the Washington family, Otis and Antonio, brothers, and their uncles, Robert and Calvin, according to the Pioneer Press.
The woman, Elizabeth Alexander, is the mother of Antonio's children, according to the Pioneer Press.
The police were alerted after a 15-year-old girl was brought to Robert Washington's home and pressured by the men, according to the Star Tribune.
A group of 10 women are the victims of the sex trafficking ring, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press is reporting the group is accused of trafficking eight girls and women ages 15 to 40.