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. 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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Walter Mondale dies at age of 93

His death was confirmed by family on Monday.

National Guard

Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard troops

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.

Chauvin trial

Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in police from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial: Here's what was said

The jury listened to lengthy presentations from the prosecution and defense.


Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

Minneapolis, unrest

Facebook labels Minneapolis 'high-risk,' will remove posts that incite violence

Facebook will remove posts that call for weapons to be brought to Minneapolis and anything that celebrates George Floyd's death.


After being sued, MyPillow is now suing Dominion Voting Systems

The company's lawsuit claims the voting system suppressed free speech and hurt its business relationships.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren makes his decision ... and it's Gonzaga

The Minnesota basketball phenom is following the footsteps of Jalen Suggs.

Sarah Glover

MPR News hires NBC's Sarah Glover as new managing editor

The experienced journalist was the first to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

football play

Watch: Sixth-grader with cerebral palsy makes touchdown in Detroit Lakes

Kale Hannahs' classmates made sure he got a chance to play during recess.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 19

The latest from Minnesota health officials.