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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Feb. 17, 2015.

A-Rod says sorry to Yankees fans over drug ban

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez released a handwritten letter to fans, in which the New York Yankee apologizes for the mistakes that led to his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

[Read more from ESPN]

Columnist quits over newspaper's 'failure to print bank stories'

A leading British political columnist has quit his job, saying stories about HSBC were being suppressed by the Daily Telegraph so the banking giant continue to buy advertising – a claim the newspaper denies.

[Read more from the Independent]

Judge puts a hold on Obama's immigration action

A judge in Texas has put a temporary block on President Obama's executive order to shield millions of illegal immigrants in the United States from deportation.

[Read more from Reuters]

Ceasefire in Ukraine continues to crumble

Five more Ukrainian service members have been killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists just three days into a supposed ceasefire, signaling that the truce might be about to collapse.

[Read more from CNN]

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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.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

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

Marcus Carr

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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