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Buckeyes continue Gophers' football skid

The Ohio State Buckeyes showed no mercy to the Gophers in a Saturday game the Star Tribune dubbed, "so ugly, it's scary."

The No. 10 Buckeyes dropped the Gophers, who remained winless in Big Ten play, 52-10.

Even interim head coach Jeff Horton admitted his team was overmatched and simply not as good as Jim Tressel's Buckeyes, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Minnesota's last home victory versus away OSU was two stadiums, and nearly three decades ago, in 1981.

35W/Crosstown ramps reopened

The ramps and lanes that were closed over the weekend so construction could be completed on US Hwy. 62 and Interstate 35W have been reopened, according to the Star Tribune.

MNDot said the lanes closed Friday night in order to complete separation of the frequent bottleneck area near Peter's Billiards when 62 and 35W were formerly connected. The lanes and ramps began reopening Saturday, and were completely reopened by Sunday afternoon.

Progress was not expected to be done until 5 a.m. Monday, but crews finished ahead of time on what will be the final major weekend closing of the major highway in that area, according to KSTP News.

Fatal hit-and-run vehicle owner meets with police

A man who allegedly killed an 85-year-old woman in Bloomington last week handed over a DNA sample and his cell phone to police Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

The man's attorney said that police did not arrest him following the incident, and that his client left the police with a photocopy of the content's of his wallet.

The alleged owner of the Silver Chevy Silvarado tied to the incident turned himself in Sunday. A search warrant was obtained and it was discovered that the man had searched for information regarding the hit-and-run death that occurred four days earlier, according to KSTP News.

Man arrested after bomb scare

A man was arrested in relation to a bomb scare at Denver International Airport, according to CNN.

He has been charged with interfering with public transportation when the flight had to be delayed for an hour while authorities searched his luggage.

He told authorities that he had a bomb in his bag and was reportedly upset after missing his connection flight, according to Short News.

French lawmakers OK pension plan

The lower house of the French parliament approved a controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, according to CNN.

For the past few weeks, protesters have left school and work to join demonstrators in the streets protesting the bill. The National Assembly voted 336 to 233, with five abstaining, which ultimately passed the bill.

The bill will raise the minimum retirement age in France from 60 to 62, and raise the age for a full pension from 65 to 67, according to the Associate Press.

Stampede kills 7 at soccer match in Kenya

A stampede killed 7 spectators in Kenya Saturday , according to CNN.

Six of the members of the crowd died when spectators without tickets attempted to storm in through the public entrance, according to ESPN. One other died after being taken to Kenyatta National Hospital and treated for wounds, the report said.

The entrance gate was broken down during the rush according to Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda.

U.S. congressman calls for Youtube removal

A congressman from New York has asked that the videos of known terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki be removed from Youtube, according to CNN.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, pleaded that the man dubbed "the 'bin-Laden of the Internet,' has been using YouTube to promote his extremist ideology and recruit a new generation of terrorists. I am asking that you remove all videos featuring Anwar al-Awlaki from your website and set up safeguards to prevent future videos of from being posted," in a letter to Chad Hurley, YouTube's chief executive.

This just two years after Michelle Bachman attacked Liberals for being "un-American" in a similar Youtube debacle.

Grouse hunter accidentally shot

A grouse hunter was accidentally shot by his brother Saturday in St. Louis Park, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the story, errant pellets intended for a recently-flushed bird went scattering and hit the man in his hands and face.

The man was treated at Fairview University Medical Center in Hibbing, Minn., according to the Pioneer Press.

Obama speaks to crowd at U of M

President Barrack Obama spoke in support of Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at the Field House in Minneapolis Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

One estimation had the crowd pegged at over 11,000, and lines stretched all throughout the East bank of the U of M campus much of Saturday.

Obama spoke to the crowd hoping to increase support for DFL candidate Mark Dayton, by appealing to a voter bloc that showed "overwhelming support" in 2008, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Project awarded for 494-169 interchange

The contract will be awarded soon for one of the biggest bottlenecks in the Southwest Metro area, according to the Star Tribune.

The project will have to be completed by August of 2013, and will eliminate the the three traffic lights along Interstate 169 that currently make rush hour traffic a nightmare.

The project had been on hold because MNDot was $34 million short on funds, but according to Twin Cities Biz Journals, that funding has now been secured.

Slideshows in hiking story

Yahoo news reported that a hiker survived six days in the Joshua Tree desert. They did so in a slide show, as did Newser, and the two reports were similar.

Yahoo just ran AP photos without words accompanying the slides. They had nine photos of the hiker at an announcement press conference, and one of him when he was younger.

Newser had a news story about the incident with links to various maps of the park and other relevant information. The story run is the AP's and it appears as though Newser just aggregated some of the maps and multimedia stuff used in conjunction with the story in order to enhance it.

Two dead in Arizona bus crash

Two people were killed and several other were injured when a bus rolled over in Kingman, Ariz. Sunday, according to CNN.

The single-vehicle accident involved the 11 passengers in the vehicle, according to the report.

The tour bus was leaving Las Vegas westward toward the Grand Canyon, according to Arizona-area Action News.

Brewster officially relieved of coaching duties at Minnesota

Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi announced today that he terminated the contract of head football coach Tim Brewster, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The report confirms rumors started when 1500ESPN speculated that Brewster had one more game to prove he was the right man to coach Minnesota. There are those that believe the final nail in the coffin actually came when Minnesota lost to FCS opponent South Dakota.

The Star Tribune reports
that current offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will take over as interim head coach. He said his primary goal is to be the "calming influence" on this team.

The report also said former Indianapolis Colts' head coach and Minnesota alum Tony Dungy would be "willing to help," but Maturi said that he's already spoken with Maturi and men's head basketball coach Tubby Smith and that neither is interested in coaching the team.

Iran to prosecute 5 alleged spies

Iran will prosecute five alleged foreign spies in a trial soon, according to CNN.

The prosecutions were reported by the country's "semi-official FARS news agency."

Tehran Attorney General did not give a specific date for the trial, commenting only that they would be held "soon."

The Associated Press speculated that when Iran was referring to "enemies," they were speaking of either American or Israeli citizens.

Mankato mayor pleads guilty to DUI

Mankato's mayor pleaded guilty to DUI Wednesday and will avoid jail time, according to the Star Tribune.

John Brady will serve community service after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a hit and run investigation on Interstate 394 in August. Brady was arrested August 26 and charged with fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, the Star Tribune reported.

Brady stayed 57 of his 60-day sentence in a Hennepin County workhouse, and will spend the final three doing community service, according to the Pioneer Press.

Former Richfield mayor plans to run again

Marty Kirsch served as Richfield's mayor for 16 years and now he's running again, according to the Star Tribune.

He is challenging incumbent mayor Debbie Goettel, who defeated him in 2006.

Kirsch, 70, already has a bronze statue honoring him, according to a Star Tribune story in 2008.

Though he was not officially working for the government, Kirsch has continued to work to improve the city, according to the Richfield Sun Current.

Two injured in plane crash in Rice County

Two passengers walked away with minor injuries after hitting a power line and crash landing a small plane in Lonsdale, Minn., according to the Star Tribune.

The two-seat plane reportedly hit a combine after striking the power line and just before crashing in a soy bean field. The two were taken to Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

FOX 9 news reports the two were found conscious and responding shortly after crashing into the combine.

The Fox report also said the plane was an "experimental amateur built plane" registered to one of the injured passengers.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient's wife detained

The wife of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained in Beijing, China, CNN reports.

A human rights group said she has not been convicted of a crime, but "appears to be under de facto house arrest."

The house arrest is supposedly over several twitter posts referring to the Tiananman square massacre.

The woman is the wife of laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is currently jailed "on charges of plotting to subvert the ruling Communist Party," according to Business Week.

Moss traded to Vikings

Randy Moss was traded to his former team Thursday, according to ESPN.

The New England Patriots traded away the disgruntled star and a future seventh round draft pick for a third round pick.

"Who woulda ever thunk it?" the team's quarterback, Brett Favre, told ESPN.

The move was spurred in part by the team's lack of early season success, that some suggest can be attributed to No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice missing time with a hip injury, Pro Football Weekly reports.

PFT also said that the possible contract restructuring is further complicated with a move to Minnesota. Moss' contract is up at the end of this year.

The NFL and the Player's Association are currently at a stand still in the Collective Bargaining Agreement extension. The current CBA extends to the end of this year, and many people feel the two sides won't reach an agreement and the NFL will be forced into a lockout, ESPN reports.

Man hits 130 mph on motorcycle

A man allegedly reached 130 mph while fleeing officers on Interstate 94 near Menomonie, according to the Star Tribune.

The Oakdale resident was clocked speeding around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and then allegedly attempted to speed away as officers attempted to pull him over.

WCCO reported that police were able to catch the man after his bike went into a grassy area near exit 25 of I-94.

Twins swept by Yankees

The Twins lost in the American League Division Series in the minimum of three games, Joe Christiansen of the Star Tribune writes.

Minnesota was the first team to clinch a playoff berth, and with Saturday's loss to New York, they were the first team eliminated, according to the Star Tribune.

The Twins were without All-star closer Joe Nathan and former MVP and all-star first basemen Justin Morneau, but that didn't stop Yankee manager Joe Girardi from taking his shots following the game.

"We expect everyone to produce. We don't just rely on or one two guys," Girardi said in the Duluth News Tribune. "We rely on a circular lineup."

The Yankees "circular lineup" is payed for by a payroll exceeding $213 million, more than twice that of mid-market Minnesota, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Sick child delays plane

A sick child believed to have hand, foot and mouth disease caused a flight to remain grounded in Denver, Colorado, CNN reports.

The 23-month-old was reported sick and paramedics boarded Frontier flight 64 at Denver International Airport, Frontier spokesperson Lindsey Purves said.

The CDC asked passengers to fill out contract information, according to CNN.

The child's parents claimed he had a fever, and the 127 passengers were asked to remain on board until paramedics cleared the scene, http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/6920139-plane-held-at-the-denver-airport-due-to-a-contagious-disease

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