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NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Oil rose more than a dollar on Wednesday to settle at its highest price this year on the startup of a new major pipeline, expected to help eliminate a bottleneck that has depressed the U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An 8-year-old boy who saved the lives of six family members by warning them their trailer was on fire died after going back in to try to rescue his disabled uncle, said authorities in western New York state. After the blaze on Monday, firefighters found the body of Tyler Doohan, in the back bedroom of his grandfather's mobile home in Penfield, New York, near Lake Ontario and about 300 miles northwest of New York City. Tyler, along with his grandfather, Louis Beach, 57, and uncle, Steven Smith, 54, was unable to escape and died before firefighters could rescue them, Penfi
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. laid off 475 corporate employees Wednesday as it struggles with disappointing sales, Canadian woes and aftershocks from its massive data breach. It has also eliminated 700 open positions, which together with the layoffs represent about 8 percent of its Twin Cities corporate workforce. Target wouldn't disclose how many cuts came at its Minneapolis headquarters. But unofficial word from employees indicated that Target Technology Services bore the deepest cuts. Another 45 marketing employees were also said to be dismissed.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota officials say they are instituting several initiatives to promote safety on and near the Twin Cities campus. A number of recent crimes, especially dealing with smartphone and computer thefts, prompted the actions. "We are implementing a wide-ranging approach that addresses immediate concerns and begins necessary, long-term security enhancements to the Twin Cities campus," University President Eric Kaler said. The university will continue to inform those on campus about safety concerns while officials are looking into expanding personal safety workshops
ST. PAUL -- Healthy life choices can help prevent birth defects, the Minnesota Health Department says. The department, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the Minnesota March of Dimes are working this month to get that message out to Minnesotans. The groups say that birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths and the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 4 in the United States.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Revenue Department is pushing taxpayers to opt for direct deposit of their tax refunds. "Choosing direct deposit can shorten the time it takes to receive your refund," assistant revenue commissioner Terri Steenblock said. "And, it's safe, easy and convenient; we deposit your tax refund directly into your checking or savings account." In addition to being faster, Steenblock said, direct deposit saves the state more than $400,000 a year in printing and mailing costs. Last year, 73 percent of taxpayers receiving refunds used direct deposit.
ST. PAUL -- The Twin Cities' second light rail passenger line is due to open June 14. Metropolitan Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh announced the start date Wednesday, saying the 11-mile line from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul will help the cities. Known as the Green Line, it will join the Blue Line (formerly known as the Hiawatha Line) that stretches from Mall of America in Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis. The Green Line, which used to be called Central Corridor, could be the last light rail line for a while. Gov.
WALKER, Minn. -- A 22-year-old missing man has been found dead outside Walker in northern Minnesota. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the body of Leondre Alan Adams was found at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in Turtle Lake Township in rural Walker. Adams was reported as a missing person on Jan. 18.
ST. PAUL -- The 19-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student found outside in subzero temperatures had surgery Tuesday to remove parts of her hands. Alyssa Lommel's mother, Teri, wrote on her daughter's Caring Bridge site Tuesday night that Lommel no longer is on the critical care side of the burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. A plastic surgeon opened up Lommel's hands and found more tissue damage than they had anticipated. Her fingers could not be saved.
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