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MINNEAPOLIS - Wildlife crews will swoop down in helicopters above southeastern Minnesota early next year to capture and collar more than 100 deer to study how far they roam and what corridors they follow. The chronic wasting disease (CWD) research project by the Department of Natural Resources is being launched with $350,000 in emergency funding to help stop the largest-ever CWD outbreak in Minnesota's wild deer population.
MIAMI - A family cruise to paradise turned into a nightmare on Saturday, when an 8-year-old tumbled over the inner railings of a ship and fell to her death. Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said it isn't yet clear if there's security footage capturing the accident, and Miami-Dade police, the lead agency, had no updates on the investigation. "Our most heartfelt condolences are with the family at this very difficult time," Carnival said in a statement.
We need to know. Two weeks after Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on attendees of a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring more than 500, investigators are no closer to understanding the gunman's motives. For a nation riveted by the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, this is a deeply unsettling problem.
Vice President Mike Pence's hardline religious beliefs have been a running joke in the White House, and President Donald Trump once cracked that his right-hand man wanted to see all gay people "hang," a report said Monday. Trump has been mocking Pence's devotion to evangelical Christianity and making light of some of Pence's most extreme views, according to a New Yorker story that documented their relationship. The story said a Trump campaign staffer recalled that the president would ask people after meeting with Pence, "Did Mike make you pray?"
Some people rejected the offer, but Harley-Davidson Inc. says it has persuaded most residents of Ryder, N.D., to become motorcyclists. About four months after Milwaukee-based Harley launched its effort to get nearly every adult in Ryder (population 84) licensed to ride, about 70 percent of the town's eligible residents have completed the free riding lessons.
MINNEAPOLIS — It was the first day of school, and Mallory, a Twin Cities teacher, had a problem. A lice problem. Because of it, she couldn't go to work.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings this week announced the hiring of an 18-year-old consultant who calls himself a "Gen Z guru," to find new ways to connect with the new generation. With his father David, Jonah Stillman wrote, "Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation Is Transforming the Workplace." Jonah Stillman is a 2017 graduate of Minnetonka High School.
MILWAUKEE — A national group is urging food companies to stop using labels such as "GMO-free" for marketing purposes. The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, Va., says food manufacturers have turned to "fear-based" labeling that plays on the fear of things like genetically modified organism products, synthetic animal-growth hormones and high fructose corn syrup.
LOS ANGELES - A McDonald's cashier is facing an attempted murder charge after giving birth to a boy while at work and then trying to flush the newborn down a toilet inside the Redwood City, Calif., restaurant, prosecutors said. Sarah Lockner was working as a cashier at the McDonald's restaurant on the evening of Sept. 4 when she complained of stomach pain, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. During her night shift, prosecutors said, the 25-year-old Redwood City woman visited the restaurant's bathroom multiple times, to the concern of a co-worker.
Bradenton, Fla. — There's a framed picture in Dr. Terrence Hopkins' waiting room at his Manatee Dermatology practice that shows a little girl in a bikini on a beach with a jarring combination of words printed next to it. The words: "Seashells. Driftwood. Skin cancer." Underneath that is the sentence: "It's amazing what kids pick up at the beach."