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Marriage amendment defeated in Minnesota

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Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Minnesota, but supporters are still celebrating after Tuesday night.

It's because the amendment to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage was rejected by voters.

"This wound up being one of the most inspirational things that's ever happened in Minnesota," said R.T. Ryback, the democratic mayor of Minneapolis. "Minnesota is going to be the state that's going to show the country exactly what Minnesota values are all about."

Minnesota became the first state to defeat an amendment restricting same-sex marriage.

Despite the high cost of campaigning over the issue--about $15 million combined--it is not expected to disappear any time soon.

Barrack Obama wins second term

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President Barrack Obama can keep his title for another four years.

Obama defeated Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election, receiving 51% of the vote and 332 of a possible 538 electoral votes.

Mitt Romney conceded the election early Wednesday morning after it became apparent he was out of the running.

"This election is over, but our principles endure," Romney said.

Now, it remains to be seen what the president will do in his second term.

"In the coming weeks and months I am looking forward to reaching out to leaders of both parties," Obama said.

Chris Kluwe leaves Pioneer Press

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe announced he would no longer blog for the Pioneer Press Saturday morning via Twitter.

The decision came after an editorial in the newspaper which seemed to support the proposed marriage amendment in Minnesota. Kluwe is a vocal supporter of gay rights and marriage equality and was not happy with the editorial. According to Kluwe, the editorial was biased under the guise of neutrality.

He tweeted: "I will not abide lying. A stable society has to be built on a foundation of trust, and that editorial just eroded some of it away."

According to David Brauer of MinnPost, Kluwe's articles would often reach six-figure page views. The Pioneer Press will surely feel the loss of the popular punter's exit.

Timberwolves win season opener

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The Minnesota Timberwolves won their season opener, beating the Sacramento Kings 92-80 Friday night.

Reserve guard led the way, scoring 21 points in 28 minutes of action.

"I felt great in practice, great in warm-ups," Barea said. "I'm feeling good, so I was excited to get out there."

New acquisition Brandon Roy added 10 point, but perhaps more notable was that he did so while remaining on the court for 30 minutes. Roy had not played a game since early 2011 because of degenerated cartilage in both of his knees.

Coach Rick Adelman was happy with the win but stressed that the team still needs to play better.

"We were good defensively pretty much the whole night," Adelman said. "Offensively, we have a long way to go."

Timberwolves fans will be happy with any kind of win while star players Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love remain sidelined with injuries.

Watch highlights from Friday night's basketball game

NYC Marathon Cancelled, Comes At High Cost

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the New York City Marathon Friday afternoon after Hurricane Sally damaged the city.

"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it," Bloomberg said.

Critics urged Bloomberg to cancel the marathon throughout the week. The mayor remained steadfast in holding the race until reversing his decision late on Friday.

The marathon was going to be held on Sunday. It is a huge financial boon for the city. Accoring to the New York Times, the race brings in $340 million annually in spending.

"It helps businesses," said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. "I am sure there will be a lot of businesses in Brooklyn that will be feeling the absence of the marathon on Sunday. People won't be buying things as they watch."

Hurricane Sandy continues to cause significant financial damage to New York City.

Hurricane Sandy Rips Through East Coast, Costs Billions

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Hurricane Sandy stormed through the East Coast earlier this week, causing billions of dollars in damage and taking 38 lives, according to the New York Times.

"The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen," said New Jersey governor Chris Christie. "The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."

According to IHS Global Insight, Sandy will cost $30 billion in property damage alone. The storm flooded the New York City subway system.

Millions of residents in Sandy's path were left without power. Hurricane Sandy is estimated to be one of the most costly natural disasters in United States history.

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