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Driver flashes three young girls in Maplewood

Police are looking for a young man who exposed himself to three 9-year-old girls in Maplewood on Wednesday night, the Star Tribune reported.
The girls were playing in the area of Maple Lane and Standridge Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when a car pulled beside them. The driver then exposed his penis, and yelled at them to "get in the car", according to police.
The man made no physical contact with the girls or attempt to pursue them any further.
The man is described as in his late teens, white, with curly bands and medium-length brown hair. He also may have some facial hair and a medium build, police said.
He was driving a silver four-door sedan with a black stripe along the side. The brand, model, and license plate number are not known, the Pioneer Press said.
Anyone with information or reports of suspicious activity should call the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center at 651-767-0640.

Larry King to divorce for seventh time

Larry King filed for divorce on Wednesday from his seventh wife, Shawn King, the Associated Press reported.
Larry King filed only hours before Shawn King filed her own petition, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending their 13-year marriage.
Larry King's spokesperson, Howard Rubenstein, told People magazine, "his major concern is the welfare of his children, and beyond that he's not going to comment about the divorce."
According to the divorce filing, Larry King is seeking shared custody of their two sons, Cannon, 9, and Chance, 11. He is also asking the court to deny his wife any spousal support. Shawn King is seeking sole custody of the children.
Rumors have circulated that an affair between Larry King and his wife's sisters was the reason behind the split, but Shawn King's sister denied this Wednesday.
The couple married in a hospital room in 1997 shortly before Larry King underwent surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel.

Rochester man praised for saving 17 abandoned puppies

A Rochester farmer is being praised for helping save 17 abandoned puppies, the Associated Press reported.
David Distad said he was walking home from visiting his brother Thursday when he noticed several puppies.
He says he saw the young puppies in a culvert, and some were lying on the ground while others were running around.
Upon finding them, he called Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester. Rachel Ramin and her manager arrived shortly thereafter, and initially thought the puppies were dead, she told WCCO.
"And we just started wrangling them up, getting down, giving them happy voices, so they weren't scared to come to us, since they didn't know who we were," Ramin said.
The puppies were very thin and hungry, and were brought to the shelter in a car.
The puppies are 2 to 4 months old, and expected to be available for adoption in a week.
Ramin credits Distad for saving the lives of the puppies and finding them when he did.
"It did turn out well. These guys are pretty lucky to be where they're at now," she said.

Faribault woman still missing after car lands in river

A 20-year-old Faribault woman is still missing in the Cannon River after being swept away, and authorities say hope is fading as rescuers continue to look for her, the Pioneer Press reported.
Brittney Landsverk was a passenger in a car that crashed into the river Friday at 5 a.m. Another passenger in the car managed to pull her out but Landsverk fell back in.
Rescuers searched all day Friday for her, but were forced to stop searching at night. Searching resumed on Saturday, but returned empty handed.
The driver, 21-year-old Mitch Bongers, was in critical condition at a Twin Cities hospital. The other two passengers were not injured, the Star Tribune said.
Rice County Sheriff Richard Cook said rescuers were fighting against a strong current, nearly freezing water temperatures, and a river as deep as 12 feet in some places.

White House crashers to star on reality show

The Washington couple who crashed a state dinner at the White House last November will star in the newest addition to Bravo's "Real Housewives" reality TV franchise, "The Real Housewives of DC".
According to their representatives, Michaele and Tareq Salahi have landed roles on the series after causing a media frenzy for attending the White House dinner without invitations and being photographed shaking hands with President Obama.
The couple were auditioning for the roles at the time of the dinner, and cameras followed them in the day leading up to the event, the Washington Post reports.
Bravo would not comment on the casting of the show, but according to the website The Daily Beast, the show will premiere in July.
"The Real Housewives of DC" follows in the footsteps of several other "Real Housewives" franchises, following the lives of wealthy women in Orange County, New York, Atlanta and New Jersey.

'Alice' continues to dominate at box office

Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" continued to dominate the weekend box office, coming in first place for the second weekend in a row, the Hollywood Reporter said.
The film, directed by Tim Burton, surpassed all newcomers, bringing in an estimated $17.4 million in domestic coin. The film is expected to have a total earning of $200 million by the end of the weekend.
The weekend also marked the first major flop of the year, Universal's "Green Zone", which brought in only $14.5 million in ticket sales, despite opening in over 3,000 theaters.
The expensive Iraq thriller starring Matt Damon has encountered numerous problems, included repeated release date changes and an overinflated budget. The movie follows the track record of Iraq-themed movies performing poorly at the box office, the New York Times reported.
Robert Pattinson's star vehicle "Remember Me" debuted in third place, and the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" came in fourth.

Girl, 6, hit and killed on 35W in Burnsville

A 6-year-old girl was killed after she wandered onto Interstate 35 in Burnsville and was struck by a sports-utility vehicle on Friday night, the Star Tribune reported.
Kallie N. Palmer, 6, was playing with other children when she climbed a chain-link fence that separated the house from the interstate.
She was playing at a friend's house whose backyard borders the freeway when she and several of the other children climbed over the fence and onto the freeway.
Minnesota State Patrol said Palmer was not chasing anything, and are still investigating why she darted into the south-bound lane before being hit by the vehicle at 7:15 p.m.
"We don't know what led her to go onto the freeway," Lt. Eric Roeske, a State Patrol spokesperson, said. "We're still trying to piece together the circumstances."
Palmer lived within a few hundred yards of 35W, the Pioneer Press said.
The State Patrol closed two lanes of southbound 35W after the accident to investigate, but the lanes were reopened by 9:15 p.m.

Arrest ends 4-hour standoff in Roseville

A 23-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested after a four-hour standoff with police Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.
Police were called to a Super 8 Motel at about 2 a.m. to assist bail bond agents, who were trying to arrest the man. He is wanted in Hennepin County on charges of making terrorist threats.
The man barricaded himself in the room and said he had multiple guns and weapons, and would shoot any police officer that tried to enter.
The East Metro SWAT Team was called in, and police blocked off the street and the motel, evacuating guests during the standoff, the Pioneer Press reported.
Negotiations took place over the phone, and after four hours, police shot "chemical munitions" into the room, forcing the man to leave. He was then arrested and taken to Ramsey County jail, where he is being held on suspicion of making terroristic threats, discharging a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

Alexander McQueen line will continue

The Gucci Group announced on Tuesday that the Alexander McQueen brand will continue, despite the designer's death last week, Women's Wear Daily reported.
Robert Polet, the chief executive, said the company would continue to back the brand, and a posthumous showing of his fall 2010 collection would be held during Paris Fashion Week in March. McQueen was widely reported to have finished some of his fall 2010 collection at the time of his death.
The Gucci Group's strategy for the future of the brand was not announced, but will be meeting with the staff to create a plan, the New York Times said.
Prior to the announcement, many retailers who carried McQueen's brand were worried about the future of the brand, as many lines suffer greatly after the loss of their creator.
"I believe strongly in the Alexander McQueen brand and its future," Mr. Polet said in regards to these concerns.

Designer Alexander McQueen found dead

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home Thursday after an apparent suicide at age 40, Women's Wear Daily reported.
Circumstances of his death were not revealed, and his family and spokesperson were not available for further comment, the New York Times said.
McQueen's mother, to whom he was known to be very close, died on February 2, and his close friend Isabella Blow, a well-known stylist, committed suicide in 2007. Both deaths were said to have a devastating effect on McQueen.
The news cast a shadow over New York Fashion Week, which began today. Celebrities and fashion insiders expressed shock and sadness over the loss of the celebrated designer.
"He was such a great guy and such an amazing talent that it is so devastating to know he is gone," said designer and friend Marc Jacobs. "We have a lot of mutual friends and some of them are working here, and everybody is walking around crying today."
A presentation of his lower-priced line McQ, scheduled for today, has been cancelled.

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