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Timberwolves To Buy NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy

NEW YORK – Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and the NBA Development League today announced a letter of intent from Taylor to purchase majority ownership in the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy. Subject to finalization and NBA D-League approval of the transaction, Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate. “We’re thrilled to bring…

Pres. Trump Signs Executive Orders On TPP, International Abortion, And Federal Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The move is basically a formality, since the agreement had yet to receive required Senate ratification. Trade experts say that approval was unlikely to happen given voters’ anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses….

‘The Last Jedi’ Revealed As Title For ‘Star Wars’ VIII

NEW YORK (AP) – “Star Wars: Episode VIII” finally has a title: “The Last Jedi.” The Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga on Monday. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released Dec. 15. Speculation over just who the last Jedi is immediately ran rampant on social media. “The Force Awakens” chronicled…

Pres. Trump To Nominate SD School Of Mines Pres. Wilson As Air Force Sec.

PIERRE, S.D. – The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. A White House statement said Monday that Wilson would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position, if confirmed. Wilson served…

Hundreds March In Minneapolis To Protest Trump Inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Hundreds of protesters were marching in Minneapolis to demonstrate against the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump. The Resist from Day One Coalition says various Twin Cities groups marched in the streets Friday to reject what the coalition calls “the Trump administration’s hateful agenda.” The march was to end with a rally at City Hall in downtown…

Sheriff: Staff Overpowered Armed Ohio Student

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say staff at an Ohio school where a junior was shot overpowered the armed student and prevented what could have been a far worse situation. Champaign County Sheriff Michael Melvin says more people would have been wounded at the West Liberty school building on Friday morning without the intervention because the shooter’s intent was…

Smashed Windows, Chaotic Confrontation Near Inauguration

Mark Tenally / APWASHINGTON (AP) – Police have used pepper spray and made a number of arrests in a confrontation with protesters in downtown Washington, D.C. At one point, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed windows of downtown businesses including a Starbucks, Bank of America and McDonald’s as they denounced capitalism and Donald Trump….

Trump Takes Oath As 45th President Of The United States

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He’s just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol. The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and today he’s leading a profoundly divided country – one that’s split between Americans enthralled and horrified…

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved. Gov. Daugaard laid out South Dakota’s priorities on Medicaid reform at…

Pipeline Protest Clash Causes Injuries, Arrests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Six police officers suffered minor injuries and one protester was taken to a hospital after a clash between law enforcement and opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline in southern North Dakota. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office says the clash occurred Wednesday night at a blockaded bridge near the protesters’ main encampment along the route of the…

Trump Pays $25 Million To Settle Trump University Cases

SAN DIEGO (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge’s approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March 30. Plaintiff attorney Jason Forge says Trump Entrepreneur Initiative paid the money into escrow ahead of Wednesday’s deadline. Trump University was renamed Trump Entrepreneur Initiative in…

North Dakota Landowners Sue Over Dakota Access Easements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements. The Morton County landowners are seeking more than $4 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month against Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based…

George H.W. Bush In ICU, Wife Also Hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) – George H.W. Bush’s spokesman says doctors are happy with how a procedure went to help clear the former president’s airway following his hospitalization for respiratory issues. Family spokesman Jim McGrath tells The Associated Press that doctors were monitoring the 92-year-old former president on Wednesday to see how his body responds. But he says he doesn’t think “there’s…

USDA Announces Stricter Animal Welfare Rules For Eggs, Meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced by the Agriculture Department. The rule announced Wednesday is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn…

Obama Cuts Short Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks….

Children Abducted From Wisconsin May Be in Black Hills Area

Averie Brown           Dalton Brown          Cathy Brown Rapid City, S.D. -Two children abducted from Wisconsin are believed to be in the Black Hills area and the Black Hills Fugitive Task Force would like assistance from the public in locating the children and their mother, who is wanted on a felony warrant. The children’s mother, Cathy Brown, allegedly abducted the children, Averie…

Dakota Access Company Seeks To Block Pipeline Study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline’s disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday to stop the…

New Report: Abortions In US Drop To Lowest Level Since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights….

National Parks Set Visitation Record For Third Consecutive Year

Yellowstone National Park sign at the North Entrance; Jim Peaco; October 1992SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior. At many…