WASHINGTON - In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- On a night that was all about defense, the Minnesota Wild had just enough offense to hold off the San Jose Sharks. Left winger Zach Parise had a pair of goals and center Mikko Koivu had another to supply the necessary offense, and goaltender Josh Harding had 37 saves as the Wild beat the Sharks 3-1 on Sunday. San Jose (19-6-5), which has now lost three in a row, outshot Minnesota by a wide margin throughout, but could not find the back of the net until less than two minutes remained. Harding improved to 13-1-0 at home this season for the Wild (18-9-5).
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco may now consider the "Mile High Miracle" tame compared to the Ravens' furious finish Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in snowy, slippery conditions. In one of the most frantic, final two minutes in franchise history, Flacco found rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown on a 9-yard pass with four seconds left to give Baltimore a 29-26 victory. Minnesota had taken the lead 19-15 on a 41-yard run by Toby Gerhart with 1:27 left in the game. However, the Ravens' Jacoby Jones ran back the ensuing kickoff for 77 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
MINNEAPOLIS -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade didn't need to shoot 3-pointers against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Wade threw an alley-oop pass off the backboard to James as part of a 17-6 run to close the third quarter as the Miami Heat pulled away for a 103-82 win at Target Center on Saturday. Miami snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Wolves a second straight loss.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Goaltender Curtis McElhinney won't make Blue Jackets' fans forget about starter Sergei Bobrovsky. But, for one night anyway, he calmed a lot of nerves in Columbus. McElhinney made 20 saves for his first shutout in nearly three years, leading the Jackets to a 4-0 rout of the Minnesota Wild before 11,319 at Nationwide Arena. Right winger Cam Atkinson, left winger Nick Foligno, center Boone Jenner and left winger R.J. Umberger each scored goals, while center Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won back-to-back games -- by shutouts, no less -- for the first time since Oct. 25.
Holiday cheer in Texas has become even sweeter thanks to a giant gingerbread house that has broken a world record for confectionary construction. Coming in at 35.8 million calories and covering an area of 2520 square feet, or nearly the size of a tennis court, the 21-foot high gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston, has been declared the biggest ever by Guinness World Records. The house, with an edible exterior mounted over a wooden frame, was built by the Traditions Club near Texas A&M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the regional St. Joseph's Hospital.
U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in November and the jobless rate hit a five-year low of 7.0 percent, raising chances the Federal Reserve could start ratcheting back its bond-buying stimulus as soon as this month. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 203,000 new jobs last month, following a similarly robust rise in October, the Labor Department said on Friday. The report, which showed broad gains in employment and a rise in hourly earnings, suggested strength in the economy heading into year-end.
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Minnesota businessman Thomas Petters has failed to persuade a federal judge to reduce his 50-year prison term for running a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme. Petters,...
Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year. Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on sandwich bread or crackers with onions and other seasoning led to more than 50 cases of foodborne illness in 1972, 1978 and 1994 in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a report released this week.
For the second game in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks had an opponent right where they wanted them only to see a win slip away. Defenseman Marco Scandella scored his first goal of the season with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.