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House explosion caught on camera; more than a dozen injured

A scary moment, caught on camera by a police cruiser in Stafford Township, New Jersey, when a gas explosion leveled a neighborhood home. The Stafford Township Police Department made the video available here. Fifteen people were injured in the explosion.

[Read more from the Asbury Park Press]

IS militants may have abducted more Christians than thought

Islamic State rebels in Syria captured about 90 Christians from a community Monday – but it's possible the real number is closer to 285. Negotiations to free the abducted Christians are reportedly ongoing.

[Read more from the BBC]

In Chicago, runoff will decide Mayoral race

In one of the most high-profile mayoral races in the country, incumbent Rahm Emanuel did not receive enough votes to win re-election Tuesday – and will now head into a runoff with challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Emanuel only received 45 percent of the vote; 50 percent is needed to be declared a winner.

[Read more from the Chicago Tribune]

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State lottery: Don't give scratch-offs as gifts to minors

The Minnesota Lottery participates in an annual responsible gambling campaign focusing on underage lottery play during the holidays.

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Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

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Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

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Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dept. of Education adding more gender options when collecting student data

The public can comment on the implementation of the nonbinary gender options until Dec. 13.

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Police ID couple found dead in home, murder-suicide suspected

The bodies were found in St. Louis County after the pair failed to show for work.

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Minnesota's budget forecast improves, shows $641M surplus for 2020-21

"Higher general fund revenues and lower expected spending result in a projected surplus," MMB said.

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Brooklyn Park shooting leaves 2 injured

Two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries during the Monday evening incident.

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Worthington settles police brutality lawsuit for $590,000, agrees to reforms

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kelvin Francisco Rodriguez, who spent five days in the ICU after being arrested.

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Rochester superintendent admits he plagiarized letter to staff

Med City Beat broke the story, prompting the superintendent to apologize.

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