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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Feb. 12, 2015.

Deal to end fighting in Ukraine reached

Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they have the framework of a deal that will end fighting in Ukraine starting Feb. 15.

[Read more from the BBC]

Some agreement: Bipartisan Senate vote approves new defense secretary

The U.S. Senate voted 93-5 Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as the country's new Secretary of Defense. He'll be tasked with directing the United States' armed forces, including the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan – something he's said he'll consider adjusting the timeline of.

[Read more from USA Today]

 Man visiting from India paralyzed by police officer

A grandfather from India, in Alabama to visit his son, was taken to the ground by police while out on a walk last week, after a resident reported a suspicious person. No crime had been committed. That officer was suspended, and the Indian government is asking the U.S. to investigate further.

[Read more from BuzzFeed]

 For first time, model with Down syndrome will walk runway at NY Fashion Week

Jamie Brewer will soon become the first model with Down syndrome to strut her stuff on the New York Fashion Week catwalk. Brewer is also an actress, known for her work on TV's "American Horror Story."

[Read more from Today]

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Fire destroys cafe, two other business properties in downtown Fairfax

A former pizza joint was also destroyed, while two other properties were damaged.

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Woman dies from injuries in crash that killed her husband, another man

The couple in their 80s died in the collision near Lake Lillian.

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2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.


No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

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Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

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Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

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Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

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Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

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Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.


Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

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GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result

Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.

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Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub

The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.