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.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Corey Perry is wielding a hot stick. The Anaheim right winger scored for the seventh consecutive game and helped the Ducks hold off the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 victory Wednesday night before 15,252 at Honda Center. Perry's goal in the second period turned out to be the difference for the Ducks, who defeated the Wild (18-10-5) for the sixth straight time and extended their winning streak to four. Anaheim (22-7-5) also improved its record at Honda Center to 12-0-2, the only NHL club to avoid a loss in regulation at home this season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is getting greedy. After his team rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit Wednesday at the Target Center for a 106-99 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers, Adelman wanted more than a victory. "We got the win," Adelman said. "But, hopefully, we also got a lesson there." The Timberwolves, down by 19 after a horrific first quarter, pulled within 13 at the half and were within three points after three quarters. In the fourth, down five with just over 10 minutes to play, a lineup of mostly reserves led the Timberwolves (11-11) on a 10-0 run that gave them the lead for good.