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 Sept. 4, 2015.

Middle-eastern refugees head for Austrian border, fate uncertain

Hoping to ease an ongoing immigration crisis, the Hungarian government has offered to transport to the Austrian border hundreds of migrants from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The refugees hope for asylum in Austria, but it is not yet clear whether the country will let them in.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Rowan County, Kentucky, now issuing gay marriage licenses

A same-sex couple who had made several unsuccessful attempts to obtain a marriage license from the office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was finally issued their license on Friday, while Davis remained in jail for having violated court orders. Davis' defense team plans to fight the ruling that declared her in contempt of court.

[Read more from MSNBC]

Out of the blue: Beijing smog strikes back

A brief reprieve from the suffocating smog now common to Beijing, China, is over. The country had ordered factories temporarily shuttered and millions of cars off the road to clear the skies ahead of a massive World War II-themed celebration – and it worked, at least for a while. On Friday morning, the blue skies were once again covered by the signature gray smog.

[Read more from USA Today]

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Twins sign Andrelton Simmons to one-year deal

The former Angels shortstop is a four-time Gold Glove winner.

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Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

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2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

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Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

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Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

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Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.