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5a semifinal: apple valley, elk river

a minnesota-bred gobbler will be named the national thanksgiving turkey and receive a pardon from president donald trump at a white house ceremony on tuesday. minnesota, the nation's no. 1 turkey producer, actually is sending two birds to washington, d.c.





senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

washington — it's been nearly six years since the senate ethics committee conducted a major investigation of a sitting senator. next year, the panel could be working nonstop, deciding the fate of up to three lawmakers, including two facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.the typically secretive committee of three republicans and three democrats said late thursday it plans to resume its preliminary inquiry into alleged misconduct by sen. bob menendez, d-n.j., whose federal bribery trial ended in a mistrial. the panel had begun an investigation in 2012, but deferred to the justice department for its probe.delving into the onslaught of allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful figures, the ethics panel is expected to investigate minnesota sen. al franken after a woman accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 uso tour. franken, a democrat, has said he welcomes the probe.the senate is likely to enter uncharted territory on the case of alabama's roy moore, a republican who faces multiple complaints from women who said he pursued them when they were teens and he was in his 30s. if moore wins the dec. 12 special election, the top senate republican says he would immediately face a formal ethics complaint."he would be sworn in and be asked to testify under oath and it would be a rather unusual beginning, probably an unprecedented beginning," majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., said this week at a wall street journal event.the flurry of...





nation/world briefs - startribune.com

puerto ricobeleaguered power company chief resignsricardo ramos, chief executive of the troubled public electric company, stepped down amid a two-month islandwide blackout after hurricane maria and weeks of public outcry over a costly contract to restore service. he came under withering criticism and congressional and federal review for awarding a $300 million contract to a small private company from montana, whitefish energy holdings, to help repair the grid.alabamamoore’s wife says he won’t quit racethe wife of u.s. senate candidate roy moore said her husband won’t quit the race in the face of allegations that he sexually assaulted young women years ago. “he will not step down. he will not stop fighting for the people of alabama,” said kayla moore, who did not take questions.washington, d.c.trump paying his own, staff’s legal billspresident donald trump is paying his own legal bills related to the russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the republican national committee, and is finalizing a plan to use personal funds to help current and former white house staff with their legal costs, white house lawyer ty cobb said.argentinasearch for missing submarine continuesmilitary ships and aircraft searched off the coast for an argentine navy submarine that had been missing for two days. the vessel, which was patrolling off patagonia with 44 crew members, last made radio contact wednesday, said enrique balbi, a navy spokesman. one of the crew members i...





metro transit working to fix 1,200 heat lamps vandalized at bus and light-rail shelters

the heat is on in one shelter at the government center light-rail station in downtown minneapolis, but others at the popular stop are not working.it’s the same story at the warehouse district/hennepin avenue station where the overhead heat lamps that provide protection against the elements are on the fritz, leaving riders to stand in the cold and wind.turns out that’s a widespread problem. more than 1,000 heat lamps at light-rail stations and bus shelters across the system don’t work, said spokesman howie padilla.“a large majority of them were vandalized,” he said.the heaters are made from one or more 12-inch glass tubes and are targets for vandals, especially in downtown minneapolis and st. paul, said mike maddio, manager of facilities for metro transit.since early october, he said, four electricians have replaced more than 400 heat lamps and are scheduled to replace another 800 in the coming weeks.“it’s daunting,” maddio said. “we fix one heater at 7 a.m. and by 2 p.m. it’s destroyed again.”catching vandals in the act isn’t always possible, but transit police lt. troy schmitz said police will pursue criminal charges if they’re able to obtain video of the vandalism and identify suspects.metro transit became aware of just how many lamps were broken during the cold snap earlier this month after riders complained. and as temperatures continue their slide into winter, riders are asking for the heaters to be fixed.“the heat isn’t on yet in the shelte...





station: video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

atlanta — two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care.the video shows the world war ii veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he can't breathe. it also shows the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they try to start an oxygen machine.the family of 89-year-old james dempsey of woodstock, georgia, sued the northeast atlanta health and rehabilitation center in 2014.dempsey's family declined to comment, citing a settlement with the nursing home, the station said.a statement from the center says care has improved since then, under different leadership.but wxia-tv said the nurses didn't surrender their licenses until this september, after it sent the georgia board of nursing a link to the video the nursing home fought three years to keep secret.the nurses included a nursing supervisor who told attorneys that, when she learned dempsey had stopped breathing, she rushed to his room and took over cpr, keeping it up until paramedics arrived. the video shows that nobody was doing cpr when she arrived, and she did not start immediately.after being shown the video, she told the attorneys it was an honest mistake, based on her normal actions, the station reported.wxia said records showed continued problems, including $813,000 in medicare fines since 2015. it said the nursing home got a good inspection report in may, but still has medicare's lowe...





jon marthaler's soccer short takes

short takes• many people joked on social media about the potential for a losers’ world cup next summer, featuring the united states, italy, the netherlands, chile, cameroon and various other international soccer heavyweights that failed to qualify for the actual world cup. (other suggested names for the tournament: soccer nit and some less-printable variations.) days later, though, various reports indicated that u.s. soccer was actually looking into trying to create such a tournament. somehow, the idea of u.s. soccer trying to turn a profit off its greatest failure seems less like a fun idea and more like a reason to replace everyone at american soccer’s governing body.• it sounds like minnesota business owner elam baer is getting out of the soccer ownership business. last year, baer purchased national women’s soccer league side fc kansas city, but multiple reports indicate that the team is moving to become part of the real salt lake organization (though it will be treated officially as an expansion team and not as a franchise move).• you could spend almost all of saturday watching some of the soccer world’s biggest rivalries (see the weekend watch guide). for local rivalries and passion, it doesn’t get much better than this.





soccer weekend watch guide: matches to watch, time, tv channel

weekend watch guidepremier league: tottenham at arsenal, 6:30 a.m. saturday, nbcsn. the north london derby is upside down. after decades of arsenal dominance, tottenham now has the upper hand and is the one desperately chasing league leader manchester city. the gunners, though, would love nothing more than to reclaim bragging rights and slow down the spurs.serie a: lazio at roma, 11 a.m. saturday, bein. both rome-based teams are among the glut of well-known teams at the top of the italian standings, giving the first “derby della capitale” of the season a little extra meaning. roma boasts the league’s best defense, lazio one of its most prolific attacks. which side of rome will have bragging rights?la liga: real madrid at atletico madrid, 1:45 p.m. saturday, bein. this is a classic atletico team — hard to score against and hard to beat. atletico has allowed just six goals all year and hasn’t lost but is still in fourth place thanks to a ton of draws. real madrid should find it tough going across town to new estadio metropolitano.liga mx: tigres at monterrey, 7 p.m. saturday, univision. there’s always something on the line when these two crosstown rivals meet, but it’s not always the playoffs’ top seed. monterrey has led the standings most of the year, but if tigres can pull off a road victory, it will finish atop the regular-season standings. the clasico regio has plenty on the line.





parents sue over boy's death in rotating atlanta restaurant

the family of a 5-year-old boy whose skull was crushed in the rotating wall of a hotel restaurant has sued the atlanta hotel, accusing it of negligence in his death.attorney joseph fried filed suit wednesday for rebecca and michael holt of charlotte, north carolina, whose son charlie died april 14."what started out as the best family trip, turned into the worst nightmare," rebecca holt said in a statement emailed by fried.they had chosen the sun dial restaurant "because it was recommended as a fun place for families with kids to see the atlanta skyline and enjoy a meal," charlie's father, michael holt, said in the statement.marriott international, the hotel's owner, didn't immediately respond to an email and phone call requesting comment.police had said the boy wandered away from his family's window table at the restaurant atop the westin peachtree plaza hotel and got his head stuck between tables. they also said the rotating floor shut off automatically when he was struck.the lawsuit disagrees with police statements.it said the family left along a path that various members had used without problems to go to and from the bathroom. but this time, it said, a booth rotating near a stationary wall blocked their path.charlie, a few steps ahead of his parents, "was too short to see past the booth and did not appreciate the danger until it was too late," and was trapped in the "pinch point" between booth and wall, according to the lawsuit."to michael's and rebecca's h...





mls cup semifinals: houston, columbus set to battle big favorites

it’s time for the major league soccer playoffs to resume, with just four teams left in the chase for the mls cup. on paper, the matchups in both conferences are mismatches, with a clear favorite in each of the two-legged series, both of which begin tuesday and conclude the next week.in the western conference, seattle takes on houston, the team that nobody expected to still be hanging around. injuries and a suspension have weakened houston’s defense. it probably should have lost to kansas city in the knockout round. it probably should have lost to portland in the semifinals. it probably should not have even made the playoffs. but an impossibly good home record got it over the line and into the bracket. the dynamo keeps doing just enough to move on, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it win the conference finals. it’s just impossible to logically construct an argument for why it would happen that way.seattle, the defending mls cup champion, is houston’s opposite. you could easily see how it would win another title, except the team has been less than dominant this year. the sounders have a solid defense and an excellent collection of attacking talent, but they occasionally struggle to connect the two. when that happens, its games can turn into stalemates, a never-ending series of 1-1 draws. still, though, the sounders are favored to reach the final.in the eastern conference, toronto is, like seattle, the big favorite. the reds are the best team in mls history, setting...





montana congressman misled authorities on reporter's assault

billings, mont. — a montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter the day before he was elected and claimed that the "liberal media" was "trying to make a story" out of it, according to documents released friday.u.s. rep. greg gianforte, a republican, told an officer in the aftermath of the attack that guardian newspaper reporter ben jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor, according to notes from a gallatin county sheriff's officer who interviewed the politician the night of the attack.multiple witnesses contradicted that account, and gianforte later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. the attack occurred the day before his victory in a may 25 special election, by which time many voters already had cast ballots by mail.more than 100 pages of documents, photos and audio from the investigation were released under a court order following requests from the associated press and other news organizations.the documents include interviews with members of a fox news crew who were in the room with gianforte and jacobs at the politician's bozeman campaign office. they said gianforte became enraged over what he perceived as biased coverage before body-slamming jacobs, throwing him to the ground and punching him.gianforte staffer josh elle — the candidate's driver — told investigators that he was in an adjacent room when he heard a commotion and looked into the interview room. elle told investigators that gianfort...





gophers, harvard - startribune.com

a minnesota-bred gobbler will be named the national thanksgiving turkey and receive a pardon from president donald trump at a white house ceremony on tuesday. minnesota, the nation's no. 1 turkey producer, actually is sending two birds to washington, d.c.





top-ranked uconn routs no. 20 california 82-47

storrs, conn. — crystal dangerfield, kia nurse and napheesa collier all scored 14 points to help top-ranked uconn rout no. 20 california 82-47 on friday night.the huskies trailed 4-3 early before scoring 23 of the next 25 points to take command of the game. gabby williams got the run started with consecutive layups. later in the burst she made a layup while falling that gave uconn a 22-6 advantage. sara anastasieska hit a 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the opening period to end a string of 17 consecutive points scored by the huskies.uconn (2-0) led 30-11 after one quarter and wasn't really challenged by cal (1-1) the rest of the way.the huskies had a brief scare though in the second quarter when katie lou samuelson went down under the basket and injured her left foot. she walked off the court with a limp and headed straight to the locker room. she was icing the foot during the second half on the bench. samuelson had 12 points before she got hurt.kristine anigwe scored 14 points to lead the golden bears, who will play uconn the next three years.tip-inscalifornia: cal had won 17 straight non-conference games, including going 12-0 last season. the team's last loss to a non-pac 12 team was against saint mary's on dec. 5, 2005. ... cal was missing mi'cole cayton, who tore her acl in the bears season opener. the sophomore guard scored 13 points in that game.uconn: the last time the huskies lost a home-opener was in 1990 to iowa, which was coached by c. vivian stringer. ... coach...





truex fastest among championship contenders at homestead

homestead, fla. — martin truex jr. was the fastest of the four nascar cup series championship contenders in qualifying and will start second sunday in the season finale.truex, the regular-season champion, turned a lap of 173.952 mph in the no. 78 toyota at homestead-miami speedway on friday night. denny hamlin stole the pole from truex on the last lap of qualifying. hamlin went 173.980 mph to take the spot and give toyota a 1-2 front row."that was a bit dramatic," truex said, adding that he was a few thousands seconds away from a perfect day.kyle busch, hamlin's joe gibbs racing teammate, will start third and brad keselowski fifth. kevin harvick qualified ninth."we outran the other three guys, which is good, but i don't think it's a big deal because we're all pretty tight together," truex said. "one spot from where we wanted to be."truex is the only driver among the four challengers without a cup championship. truex has led the cup series in nearly every measurable category and is a seven-time winner this year.truex won't have team owner barney visser in attendance because he is recovering from a heart attack and surgery at home in colorado.dale earnhardt jr. had the 24th-best qualifying effort, but an engine change will drop nascar's favorite son to the rear of the field for his final nascar cup race.keselowski said his no. 2 ford experienced brake issues during practice and qualifying and hoped his team penske crew could fix it before the finale.harvick saved ...





us olympic curling trials friday

a minnesota-bred gobbler will be named the national thanksgiving turkey and receive a pardon from president donald trump at a white house ceremony on tuesday. minnesota, the nation's no. 1 turkey producer, actually is sending two birds to washington, d.c.





trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

washington — president donald trump said friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of african elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."the u.s. fish and wildlife service said thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from african elements shot for sport. the agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. on friday, the republican chairman of the house foreign affairs committee urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the "wrong move at the wrong time."california rep. ed royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about african wildlife but u.s. national security, citing the political upheaval in zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military."the administration should withdraw this decision until zimbabwe stabilizes," the committee chairman said in a statement. "elephants and other big game in africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. stopping poaching isn't just about saving the world's most majestic animals for the future — it's about our national security."trump tweeted friday that the policy had been "under study for years." he said he will review the issue with interior secretary ryan zink...





wind project in southern minnesota gets pushback

glenville, minn. – the vista from dorenne hansen's kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. it may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line — though not if she can help it.hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the freeborn wind farm project in freeborn county southeast of albert lea."i want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers," she said. "we did not choose to live out here to be next to an industrial park."wind farms commonly generate some local antipathy as they grow both in number and economic importance to the energy industry, but the freeborn project has sparked a higher level of opposition. it has been intense enough to prompt freeborn wind's developer, invenergy, to move more than half the project — 58 turbines — across the border to iowa."iowa loves it," said dan litchfield, senior manager for chicago-based invenergy, which is developing freeborn wind for xcel energy. as far as state permitting, "the iowa portion of the project is done," litchfield said. in minnesota, freeborn wind has sparked a fight before the minnesota public utilities commission (puc).there are issues over the proximity of wind turbines to some houses. and opponents of the project are concerned about unwanted noise, potential health effects, visual pollution and declining property values. anthony soufflé • [email protected] dorenn...





rally at minnesota capitol calls out sexual harassment

chanting “i believe her” and “no more silence,” more than 120 people rallied inside the minnesota capitol on friday against sexual harassment and in support of the growing number of women speaking out about their own experiences.the afternoon rally included speeches by several women who currently serve at the capitol, who said they are frustrated by harassment and discrimination they said they and colleagues encounter on a regular basis. some called for more substantial investigations into harassment allegations, more serious consequences for harassers — and more women in the leadership ranks of minnesota government.rep. rena moran, dfl-st. paul, thanked the women legislators and lobbyists who have recently come forward with stories of harassment and misconduct by two members of the legislature: sen. dan schoen, dfl-st. paul park and rep. tony cornish, r-vernon center.“a lot of minnesotans might have a hard time believing that we are here, in 2017, rallying against sexual harassment,” moran said. “but for a lot of women at the capitol, it’s not hard to believe at all.”rep. tina liebling, dfl-rochester, was one of several dfl governor candidates at the rally. she said sexual harassment is something that affects a wide swath of people, and asked the women in the crowd to raise their hands if they felt they’d never been harassed.no hands went up. glen stubbe - star tribune rep. erin maye-quade, dfl-apple valley, listened as lindsey port spoke....





keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle

lincoln, neb. — discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision.the nebraska public service commission was scheduled to rule monday if a keystone xl expansion pipeline proposed by transcanada corp. can cross the state. the commission's decision is the last major regulatory hurdle for a project that has faced numerous local, state and federal reviews and lawsuits since it was announced in 2008.keystone operator transcanada corp. shut down the existing pipeline early thursday morning and workers were testing to determine the cause of the spill on agricultural land in marshall county, south dakota, near the north dakota border, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) west of minneapolis.state and company officials said the spill was not a threat to waterways or drinking water, but critics were quick to use the leak as an example of what they see as the risks to the environment.the nebraska vote monday will be on a proposed route for keystone xl, a massive expansion that also would be operated by transcanada. the new pipeline would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of oil a day from the oil sands areas of canada through montana, south dakota and nebraska, where it would connect with the existing keystone pipeline.the decision will hinge on testimony a...





the rev. jesse jackson discloses parkinson's disease diagnosis

chicago — the rev. jesse jackson disclosed publicly friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.in a letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties."recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and i have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he wrote. "for me, a parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that i must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy."jackson, who declined to be interviewed, also released a letter from northwestern medicine confirming his diagnosis and care.he vowed to use his voice to help find a cure for the disease.about 60,000 people in the u.s. are diagnosed with parkinson's annually, according to the parkinson's foundation.it can start with tremors, and symptoms generally worsen over time. the exact cause is unknown. treatments include medications, surgery and physical therapy.the disease itself is not fatal but people can die from complications. jackson said parkinson's "bested" his father. noah lewis robinson sr. died in 1997 at age 88 after suffering a heart attack.it was unclear how his treatment would affect his leadership of the rainbow/push coalitio...





class 4a semifinal: south st. paul vs. cloquet, 4:30 p.m. friday

11/17/2017, 6:00am cstby david la vaque, star tribune4:30 p.m., u.s. bank stadiumspotlight games 11/10/2017, 3:00pm cst , by trevor squire, sportsenginealex folz led the lions past the pirates with four tds on the ground.read more 11/10/2017, 2:45pm cst , by taylor lunemann, sportsenginestars quarterback joseph heimbold threw a touchdown pass and ran in another.read more 11/10/2017, 2:30pm cst , by taylor lunemann, sportsenginethe lumberjacks scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.read more 11/03/2017, 10:30am cdt , by luke hanlon, sportsengine tyler cardella's 103 rushing yards and two tds helped the eagles dominate on offense.read more 11/03/2017, 10:30am cdt , by ryan williamson, sportsenginethe panthers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.read moreview all | rssmost popular 26 11/16/2017, 10:00pm cst , by david la vaque, star tribuneantonio montero kicked and ran for 20 points in a 26-0 victory that sends the eagles back to the prep bowl.read more 26 31 11/16/2017, 7:15pm cst , by jim paulsen, star tribunethe winhawks scored twice to take the lead but the stars came back in the fourth quarter with joe heimbold's third td to escape with a 26-22 victory.read more 31 11/16/2017, 5:45pm cst , by david la vaque, star tribunethe warriors scored six touchdowns before halftime en route to a 49-16 victory to reach the prep bowl a...