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 Aug. 3, 2015.

Death penalty on table for movie theater shooter James Holmes

Despite arguments from James Holmes's defense that mental illness was behind the deadly mass shooting he perpetrated at an Aurora, Illinois, movie theater in 2012, jurors have "unanimously" agreed to consider the death penalty. Holmes pleaded not guilty but was convicted.

[Read more from CNN]

Obama: Clean Power Plan 'most important step we have ever taken' against climate change

In a speech detailing the new Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C., on Monday, President Barack Obama called reducing climate change a "moral obligation." To be implemented by U.S. states, it seeks to reduce the country's carbon emissions by one-third by 2030.

[Read more from BBC]

China demanding U.S. return wealthy refugee

Beijing is reportedly putting pressure on the Obama Administration to hand over businessman Ling Wancheng, who recently fled to the United States. Politically connected to the highest levels of the Chinese government, he could pose a significant security threat to his country if he defects to the U.S.

[Read more from The New York Times]

Scientists: Yes, you can taste fat

Confirming long-held suspicions, scientists have confirmed that human taste buds can detect the flavor of fat. The researchers, whose work is published in the journal "Chemical Senses," named the particular flavor "Oleogustus" and compare the sensation of tasting it to "eating oxidized oil."

[Read more from FOX News]

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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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What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

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Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

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MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

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Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.