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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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Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

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Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

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Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

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Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

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Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

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Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

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Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.