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Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today’s top headlines


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

Israeli election goes down to the wire

Israelis have taken to the polls today for their country's national election, with early indications that the race between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Isaac Herzog's challenging Zionist Union is too close to call.

[Read more from NPR News]

Former Air Force mechanic tried to join ISIS

A former U.S. Air Force mechanic has been charged with attempting to go to Syria to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted by a grand jury on Monday.

[Read more from NBC News]

Congressman quits after "Downton Office" scandal

Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Congressman described as a rising star of the Republican Party, has resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over his questionable use of taxpayer and campaign funds, which included work on his office that staff said was modeled after Downton Abbey.

[Read more from USA Today]

49ers' rookie linebacker quits over concussion concerns

One of the top rookies in the NFL this past season, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, is retiring after just one season because of concerns about the effects of repetitive head trauma.

[Read more from Sports Illustrated]

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MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

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Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

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Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.

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Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids

It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.

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Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

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Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School

A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.

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People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet

Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.

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Matthew Coller: What if the Vikings didn't have Detroit?

The Lions have been like two freebies on the Vikings' schedule the past three seasons.

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MN will get $116M for water projects as part of infrastructure package

Nationwide, $7.4 billion will be distributed for projects next year.


3rd teenage death from COVID-19 reported in Minnesota

All three of the teenage deaths have occurred in the past three months.

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Former downtown Minneapolis Crowne Plaza to become boutique hotel

The hotel closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened.