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Adrian Peterson: 'I am not a child abuser'

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement Monday that he is “not a child abuser” and he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son when he disciplined the boy with a thin tree branch, which he referred to as a “switch.”

Also, Peterson has been reinstated by the team and is expected to play next Sunday. His first court appearance in Texas is scheduled for Oct. 8.

One-third of Americans say they're obese

Roughly a third – or more – of all American adults identified themselves as obese last year, according to new data from the CDC. Obesity rates are highest among blacks, and regionally, rates are highest in the South.

2 guilty pleas in separate synthetic drug deaths

Defendants in two cases involving the deaths of two teenage girls who took synthetic drugs – one in Woodbury and one in Mankato – entered guilty pleas Monday.

Franken has 13-point lead over challenger McFadden in new poll

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll finds first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken leads his Republican challenger Mike McFadden 49-36 percent, 50 days before the election.

 Several metro broadcasters honored at Upper Midwest Emmys

FOX 9, KARE 11 and WCCO in Minneapolis were among the big winners at Saturday night’s Upper Midwest Emmy Awards at Target Field.

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