MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings running back Matt Asiata, two months removed from tragedy, until recently relegated to third string, is the perfect example of what happened to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Mall of America Field. Hungry backups, including Asiata and the majority of the Minnesota secondary, led the Vikings to a 48-30 upset of the Eagles that could derail coach Chip Kelly's bid for the playoffs in his rookie season in the NFL. Asiata, playing because of injuries to Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, tied a Vikings record with three touchdown runs. Asiata scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a short plunge with 1:08 to play as the Vikings (4-9-1) whipped the Eagles (8-6), breaking Philadelphia's five-game winning streak and putting its NFC East title hopes in peril with a big game next week against Chicago.
DENVER - A student opened fire at a Colorado high school on Friday before apparently taking his own life, and at least two other students were injured in the violence, law enforcement officials said. One of the victims was in serious condition with gunshot wounds at a local hospital, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a televised news conference. The second victim suffered minor injuries and may not have been hit by bullets.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks straightened out their special teams for one night, especially the power play, and it meant the end of a losing streak. Center Joe Pavelski scored two of San Jose's season-high three power-play goals as the Sharks snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. "Three is good, it won us a game tonight," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota National Guard member has been charged with fraud after FBI agents said they learned he had stolen personal information on 400 soldiers from his former Army unit, and a federal judge has ordered him held temporarily in jail. Investigators suspect the defendant, Specialist Keith Michael Novak, planned to sell the information for profit and to use it to create false identities for himself and militia members who may need to escape the law.
MISSOULA, Mont.,- A Montana bride accused of killing her new husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in an 11th-hour deal reached as closing arguments were set to begin in the case. Jordan Graham, 22, had been on trial for first- and second- degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, 25-year-old Cody Johnson, when the judge announced that a deal had been reached.
Police in Minnesota said on Thursday they have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman, then scrubbing her body with bleach and giving her bus fare to go home. Gideon Arrington, 35, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was impersonating a police officer when he approached and then attacked the woman on Nov. 23 in a parking lot in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, as she left her job as a personal care attendant, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a criminal complaint.
SAN FRANCISCO - NASA is assessing a problem with one of two cooling systems aboard the International Space Station, a potentially serious but not life-threatening situation, officials said on Wednesday. The system automatically shut itself down after detecting abnormal temperatures, said NASA spokesman Josh Byerly at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
WASHINGTON - U.S. wireless carriers will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones for use on a competitor's network, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday. Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached between the carriers and the agency, and details will be presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday.
BEVERLY HILLS, California - Slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" and 1970s con-artist caper "American Hustle" led the Golden Globe Awards nominations announced on Thursday with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions in a crowded field ahead of the Oscars. In the coveted best drama category, "12 Years a Slave" will compete against piracy tale "Captain Phillips," space thriller "Gravity," adoption drama "Philomena," and race-car rivalry "Rush."
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus. The upbeat economic picture was, however, clouded somewhat by another report on Thursday showing the biggest jump in a year in first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.7 percent last month as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods. November's retail sales increase was the largest in five months and followed a 0.6 percent rise in October.