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Here's a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for April 1, 2015

Arkansas governor won't sign religious freedom bill

Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas, will not sign a religious freedom bill sitting on his desk. It's similar to the one recently passed in Indiana – which itself quickly was subject to harsh criticism. [Read more from Arkansas Online]

Islamic State militants raid Palestinian refugee camp

Militants with the Islamic State entered Yarmouk, a refugee camp in the Syrian capital city of Damascus. The camp is home to about 18,000 Palestinian refugees, including a large number of children – whom officials say are now in danger.

[Read more from the BBC]

For 1st time ever, California issues mandatory reduction in water use

Mired in a severe drought and facing a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a a water reduction mandate – the first ever in the state's history.

[Read more from the Sacramento Bee]

Oldest person in the world dies at 117

Misao Okawa, a 117-year-old Japanese woman who claimed the title of oldest person in the world, died Wednesday. During her 117th birthday party a few weeks ago, she said she was "very happy" to have reached that age.

[Read more from USA Today]

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Charges: Armed man made death threats at Minneapolis LGBTQ bar

The man allegedly used derogatory terms while threatening to kill someone.

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FDA pulls last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment as new variants rise

A therapy used to treat more than 11,000 Minnesotans is no longer authorized amid a surge in the latest COVID-19 variants.

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Charges: Plymouth man shot girlfriend in head after birthday party

The 23-year-old victim is in critical condition as of Friday.

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State announces $2.5M in grants for child care providers

Child care providers in roughly a dozen communities will receive funds to help grow the supply of affordable, quality child care.

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Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct

One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.

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Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?

Winds could gust up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and night.

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To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN

The special hunts will be held between Dec. 16 and 18.

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COVID levels rising in wastewater; BQ.1 now dominant

BQ.1 is the new dominant subvariant in Twin Cities wastewater.

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Keith Ellison, other AGs settle with CarMax over recall disclosures

As part of the settlement, CarMax now must disclosure open recalls online and on the lot.

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Man kidnaps 2-year-old daughter in St. Paul, crashes after pursuit in Minneapolis

The incident involved both police departments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Boys aged 15, 16 arrested after shooting of teen in Woodbury

The victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

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