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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for July 24, 2015.

Lafayette theater gunman's motive remains a mystery

While authorities continue to search for the motive in the Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater shooting that left three dead, including gunman John R. Houser, the shooter's troubled past begins to come into focus. Officials say he had a history of mental illness, and his family feared him.

[Read more from Yahoo! News]

Putin dismisses 110,000 government employees

In a bid to ease his country's economic crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought the axe down on more than 100,000 government officials on Friday. The mass firing is part of a 10 percent "across the board" reduction in government spending.

[Read more from CNN]

Obama visits extended family in Kenya trip

President Barack Obama was greeted by cheering crowds in his first visit as president to Kenya, his late father's home country, on Friday. On his official agenda is a conference on African entrepreneurs, but the commander-in-chief did take some time to dine with his extended family members, including his step-grandmother and sister.

[Read more from Reuters]

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Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

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Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

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Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

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Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

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St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

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Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

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Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

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St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

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Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

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