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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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Kirill Kaprizov's slow start is a thing of the past

A potential sophomore slump has been erased with a three-point night against the Devils..

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Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

The department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

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Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

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MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.


3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

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Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

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MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

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Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.