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Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top stories


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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Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

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Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

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Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

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Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

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Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

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MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

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Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

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Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

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Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

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Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.