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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Oct. 21, 2015.

Biden isn't running for president

After weeks of intense speculation and rumors that he would enter the 2016 presidential race, Vice President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will not seek the White House. "The window on mounting a realistic campaign for president has closed,"
he commented Wednesday.

[Read more from the Washington Post]

Vatican: Pope Francis does not have brain tumor

The Vatican has categorically denied a report that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor. A spokesman called the Italian newspaper that ran the story "seriously irresponsible" and assured that the pontiff is in good health.

[Read more from USA Today]

Just in time: Scientists develop self-driving DeLorean

In what is being described as a crucial step toward a self-driving automobile that can avoid accidents, mechanical engineers at Stanford University have announced "MARTY," an automated DeLorean whose name is inspired by "Back to the Future." Interesting timing, too, as Wednesday – which has been declared "Back to the Future Day" – happens to be the date Marty McFly arrived in the year 2015 in the sequel to the classic film.

[Read more from KCBS]

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Brewery, taproom moving into former Twin Cities newspaper space

Loons Landing officially signed the lease this week.

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Police: Car with dog inside stolen from outside Twin Cities liquor store

They're asking people to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

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Murder charge filed over inmate's death at Chisago Co. Jail

The man suddenly became unresponsive and died while in a holding cell.

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Minnesota DFL lawmakers form Reproductive Freedom Caucus

The move comes as some Republicans explore proposals to limit abortion access.

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Counties without K-12 mask mandate see sharper rise in child COVID cases

That's according to a new study released Friday by the CDC.

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Bloomington woman dies in crash on southwest Twin Cities highway

The collision happened just south of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds.

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Pfizer booster shots immediately available for select Minnesotans

118 fully vaccinated Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

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19-year-old charged alongside Anton Lazzaro pleads not guilty

She's accused of helping the GOP operative traffic underage girls.

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Dalvin Cook misses Vikings practice on Friday

Cook suffered an ankle injury during the Cardinals game.

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Gallery: Historic church renovated into home is yours for $248,000

The church-turned-home offers an open floor plan in the heart of Howard Lake.

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MN GOP Rep. spreads voted fraud disinformation, draws rebuke from SoS

The lawmaker cited a video claiming there are more than 1.2 million "missing" votes.

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