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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 13, 2015.

Unprecedented El Niño would not be enough to break California's drought

Experts say the El Niño currently forming in the Pacific may bring potentially dangerous rains to California, but it might not provide much relief from the Golden State's historic drought. Weather experts say the forthcoming El Niño – a weather phenomenon caused by warming waters – may be among the most powerful they've seen in decades.

[Read more from NBC News]

Connecticut bans death penalty

In a 4-3 vote, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the state's death penalty on Thursday. The decision came after an appeal from the lawyers of one of the men on death row; he and the ten other convicts who had been slated for execution will be spared.

[Read more from CNN]

In move against ISIS, Iraqi provincial governor fires all advisors and aides

As part of an Iraqi government plan to bolster its effort against the militant Islamic State, the governor of Anbar province – a hot spot in the battle against the terrorist group – has dismissed all his aides. The move is aimed at rooting out government "corruption and incompetence."

[Read more from Reuters]

EPA: River polluted by disastrous spill 'restoring itself'

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said that the water quality of the Animas River is returning to "pre-incident" conditions. EPA workers inadvertently caused a toxic waste spill in the multi-state river system last week.

[Read more from the New York Times]

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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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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.

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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.

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