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 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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What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

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Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

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MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

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Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

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Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said