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Here's a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Jan. 22, 2015.

 Japan scrambling to free hostages held by Islamic State

With a deadline of Friday looming, officials in Japan are working to free two Japanese citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group. IS asked for $200 million in a video released Tuesday.

[Read more from The Associated Press]

Federal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown unlikely

Lawyers with the U.S. Justice Department will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last summer.

[Read more from the New York Times]

 Drug-carrying drone crashes near US-Mexico border

A drone carrying more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine crashed into a parking lot, located near a border crossing between Mexico and California.

[Read more from CBS News]

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coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2

Minnesota confirms America's 1st case of Brazil P.1 COVID strain

The strain was found in a Twin Cities metro resident who recently traveled to Brazil.

classroom

Gov. Walz announces education plan aimed at eliminating disparities

The plan covers seven categories, including closing the racial education gap and improving opportunities in rural Minnesota

Tax forms

Charges: Otsego cleaning business underreported sales

An Otsego woman is accused of owing more than $20,500 in sales tax, penalties and interest.

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Walz gives vaccine providers 3-day, 7-day deadlines to use doses

Those that don't use their allocation will be given less in the future.

purse

Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

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4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.

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3 of 10 finalists for NCAA's top point guard award have MN ties

Not a bad way to represent the State of... Basketball?

Justice, court

Minnesota grants unconditional pardon to grandmother facing deportation

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the first full pardon granted by the state in 35 years.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

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