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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Oct. 19, 2015.

NATO members follow U.S. lead, will stay in Afghanistan

With concerns about Afghanistan's readiness to face Taliban forces following the fall (and subsequent recapture) of a key city last month, NATO says Germany, Italy and Turkey will maintain their forces at current levels in the country. This comes after President Barack Obama's recent decision to keep troops in Afghanistan despite a planned withdrawal.

[Read more from Reuters]

Feds crack down on drones in sweeping move

If you enjoy flying a drone around, your hobby may cost you some time filling out forms. Federal aviation officials announced Monday that recreational drone owners will be required to register the machines with the government. The announcement comes amid increasing safety concerns regarding drones in public airspace. Officials have yet to decide on how the registration system will work, but they are aiming to have it operational before the end of the year.

[Read more from the Washington Post]

Internet to break during Monday Night Football

Brace yourselves: the third full-length trailer for the long-awaited "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which reunites much of the original cast, will premier tonight during halftime on Monday Night Football. This will be the last full trailer before the film's highly anticipated debut in December. After it airs, tickets for the movie will go on sale. Website crashes have already been reported in the United Kingdom.

[Read more from the Guardian]

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Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor

Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.


NWS already monitoring Thursday for severe weather in MN

Monday-Wednesday should be fantastic weather in Minnesota.


Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

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MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.


Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

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Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

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Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."

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Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half

Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.

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St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.