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 July 20, 2015.

McCain: Trump owes POWs and families an apology

In his first response directly addressing Donald Trump's comments on his record as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, Sen. John McCain said the real estate mogul and presidential candidate should not apologize to him, but should instead apologize to all POWs and their families.

[Read more from CNN]

Cuban Embassy opens in Washington DC

Throngs of demonstrators gathered Monday to witness the raising of the Cuban flag over Cuba's embassy in Washington DC, the first time it has flown there since the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with the communist country 54 years ago.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Country stars Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert divorcing

The singers are calling it quits after four years of marriage. "This is not the future we envisioned," they announced in a joint statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately."

[Read more from USA Today]

American Zach Johnson wins British Open

Johnson claimed his second major title with a victory in the three-man playoff Monday, in a thrilling final day of the tournament.

[Read more from the BBC]

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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.


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.


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.