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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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Minneapolis Public Schools to bring middle, high students back in April

Distance learning will continue be offered to those who want it.

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Timberwolves announce 2nd half schedule

The Timberwolves will play 37 games in 66 days to close out the season.

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National Basketball Coaches Association criticizes Timberwolves' coaching search

The organization believes the Timberwolves failed "to conduct a through and transparent search" before hiring Chris Finch.

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Best Buy announces bonuses of up to $500 for hourly workers

The retailer has seen business boom since the pandemic started, particularly online.

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Burnsville PD: Customer sprayed chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

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MN launches campaign to get students tested for COVID every 2 weeks

The state launched a youth testing campaign on Wednesday as part of its effort to control the spread of COVID.

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Preparations for Derek Chauvin trial underway in Minneapolis

People will see "fortification" efforts and National Guard soldiers.

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Road rage leads to brawl at Willmar intersection, police say

The participants appeared to know each other, police said.

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3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

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Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition

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