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preseason won't be business as usual for the timberwolves

when we last left tom thibodeau courtside, he walked off into the good night after april’s 2016-17 season finale in houston, muttering something about how his team hadn’t made the playoffs in 13 years and how he was sick of it after only one as timberwolves coach.he’ll start to learn just how much has changed when training camp begins saturday morning in san diego with a roster he and general manager scott layden remade over the summer.the wolves will practice there for a week, on the way to china for two preseason games against golden state.gone are traded ricky rubio and zach lavine. new to the team are three-time all-star jimmy butler and playoff-tested veterans taj gibson, jeff teague and jamal crawford, all of whom now surround foundational young stars karl-anthony towns and andrew wiggins.will it be enough to get the wolves back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, and if so, by how much?the answers start coming saturday. the questions are already here. these five are among them with the regular-season opener less than a month away:1. after all those changes, just whose team is this now?butler is wise enough after his departure from chicago to know it doesn’t really matter who’s considered the face of the franchise. as he said in june, they only see the back of your head when you inevitably leave town anyway.it will take time to fit the puzzle pieces after thibodeau added a collection of veterans this summer to play alongside towns and wiggins, who e...





china criticizes s&p credit rating cut as 'wrong decision'

beijing — china's finance ministry on friday criticized the cut in the standard & poor's rating agency's credit rating on chinese government borrowing as a "wrong decision" and said it ignores the country's economic strength.s&p announced the change thursday, citing rising debt it said increased financial risk. the move added to warnings china's debt burden might drag on economic growth or threaten the financial system. it followed a similar downgrade by moody's investors service in may.the timing is awkward for the ruling communist party, which wants to project an image of stability ahead of a twice-a-decade congress next month at which president xi jinping is due to be named to a second five-year term as leader.the finance ministry complained s&p ignored china's stable economic growth and reform efforts. it noted official data showed the economy grew by 6.9 percent in the first half of 2017 over a year earlier and government revenue rose by nearly 10 percent."the standard & poor's downgrade of china's sovereign credit rating is a wrong decision," the ministry said on its website. "this misreading neglects china's good fundamentals and development potential."total chinese nongovernment debt rose last year to the equivalent of 257 percent of annual economic output, according to the bank for international settlements. that is unusually high for a developing country and up from 143 percent in 2008.communist leaders have cited reducing financial risk as a prior...





trump poised to drop some limits on drone strikes, commando raids

washington – the trump administration is preparing to dismantle key obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. the changes would lay the groundwork for possible counterterrorism missions in countries where islamic militants are active but the united states has not previously tried to kill or capture them.president donald trump’s top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules, the officials said. first, the targets of proposed drone strikes and raids, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a “continuing and imminent threat” to americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadis with no unique skills or leadership roles. and second, such attacks by the military and cia would no longer go through high-level vetting.but administration officials have also agreed that they should keep in place one important constraint for such attacks: a requirement of “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders will be killed.the proposal to overhaul the rules has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits trump’s expected signature. it prompted an outcry from human rights groups, which had objected even to the more rigorous obama administration standards.the policy would pave the way for broader and more frequent operations against al-qaida, the islamic state of iraq and syria and other jih...





trump adds more sanctions to pressure north korea

president donald trump ordered a widening of u.s. sanctions on north korea on thursday in an effort to further constrict its trade with the outside world, as he presented a united front with south korea and japan and sought to forge a common strategy for confronting the isolated nuclear-armed state.a new executive order that trump announced targets additional north korean entities and suggests that he is still committed to economic pressure for now, rather than military action, despite his vow to "totally destroy north korea" if the u.s. were forced to defend itself or its allies."north korea's nuclear program is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime," he said as he hosted president moon jae-in of south korea and prime minister shinzo abe of japan for lunch in new york. "the brutal north korean regime does not respect its own citizens or the sovereignty of other nations."trump said his new order would enhance the treasury department's authority to target individuals or businesses that conduct significant trade in goods, services or technology with north korea. it will place new limits on textile, fishing, information technology and manufacturing industries, he said. in an effort to prevent sanctions evasion, it will include measures aimed at north korean shipping and trade networks.north korean leader kim jong un, in an extraordinary rebuke, called trump "deranged" and sa...





lynx in finals takes priority over wolves in china for owner glen taylor

glen taylor is sticking with the lynx for the rest of the wnba finals playoff run against the los angeles sparks. the timberwolves? they’ll have to wait.taylor owns both teams, of course, and sits courtside for almost all of the home games for each team. and even though the wolves are going to open training camp in san diego on saturday and will leave for china immediately after their preseason opener vs. the los angeles lakers in anaheim sept. 30, where they will play two preseason games, taylor will stick close to his wnba franchise.“we’re going to stay with the lynx as they play out their run,” taylor said of he and wife becky. “we think there is a unique opportunity there. that’s our priority.”the wolves have a roster that could get them into the nba playoffs for the first time since the spring of 2004. the trip to china, where they’ll play two preseason games against defending champion golden state, is seen as a big opportunity to grow the popularity of the team in particular and the league in general, in china.but the lynx are playing for a finals title.“i would like to be in china,” taylor said. “and i’ll get over there. but the priority is to be a part of the lynx organization.” minnesota lynx center sylvia fowles with her league mvp trophy beside team owner glen taylor before game 2 of the wnba semifinals against the washington mystics on thursday, sept. 14, 2017, at williams arena in minneapolis. (aaron lavinsky/minneapolis star tribune...





despair rises for relatives of the missing in mexico quake

mexico city — as painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across mexico city stretched into a third day thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts.and what many had clung to as the unlikely triumph of life over death was revealed to be a case of some very high-profile misinformation: a top navy official announced there were no missing children at a collapsed mexico city school where the purported plight of a girl trapped alive in the rubble had captivated people across the nation and abroad.president enrique pena nieto's office raised the death toll from tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake to 273, including 137 in the capital. in a statement, it said there were also 73 deaths in morelos state, 43 in puebla, 13 in the state of mexico, six in guerrero and one in oaxaca.more than 2,000 were injured and more than 50 people rescued in mexico city alone, including two women and a man pulled alive from the wreckage of a building in the city's center wednesday night.still, frustration was growing as the rescue effort stretched into day 3.outside a collapsed office building in the trendy roma norte district, a list of those rescued was strung between two trees. relatives of the missing compared it against their own list of those who were in the building when the quake struck — more than two dozen names — kept in a spiral notebook....





thursday's twins-tigers game recap - startribune.com

game recapimpact playerjoe mauer, twinsthe twins first baseman was 3-for-4 with two rbi and two runs scored.by the numbers10 pitch at-bat for eddie rosario in the first inning.22 consecutive stolen bases for byron buxton, tying him with matt lawton and chuck knoblauch for the longest in twins history.400 career doubles for mauer.950 career runs scored for mauer, tying him with rod carew for third on the twins all-time list.la velle e. neal iii





twins batters drawing more walks than usual

detroit – one way for the twins to get back on track offensively is to return to what they do well: having quality at bats, driving up opponents’ pitch counts and getting into bullpens.they began thursday fifth in baseball with 560 walks, or 3.68 a game. they are on pace for 597 walks, with an outside chance of becoming the third twins team ever to draw more than 600 walks in a season, previously done by the 1962 (649) and 1978 (604) teams.robbie grossman’s walk rate of 15.3 percent leads the team, and it’s up from 14.1 percent last season. brian dozier has drawn 72 walks, the second most of his career. and his walk percentage of 10.8 percent is better than last season’s (8.8).the catching tandem of jason castro (11.0 walk percentage) and chris gimenez (14.7) don’t hit for average but are in the top five on the club in walk percentage.and the twins are starting to see some improvement from some of their developing players. eddie rosario walked just 3.4 percent of the time last year but is up to 5.8 percent this year. sounds small, but he’s walked 32 times this season compared with 12 last year.the injured miguel sano has walked 54 times — the same as last season — but in five fewer games.hitting coach james rowson said the rising walk totals have little to do with more patience. it’s a by-product of the young hitters evolving at the plate.“the total comes from a real aggressive approach,” he said. “it sounds like, if you are being more aggressive, ho...





florida nursing home where 10 died after irma is shuttered; records reportedly falsified

in an emergency order, the florida agency for health care administration suspended the license of the nursing home in hollywood, fla., where 10 people died in the aftermath of hurricane irma. the ahca is investigating the facility.the agency questioned the integrity of medical records for the deceased patients submitted by the home, saying that they contained falsehoods. the facility wrote late entries into medical records that made the situation appear much less dire than it was, the agency said.while one patient was in the hospital with a temperature of over 108 degrees and suffering from cardiac arrest, for example, an unnamed facility nurse “made a late entry claiming a temperature of 101.6,” the order stated.in one “egregious” case, it said, “a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored.” but, it added, “this resident had already died before this entry was made.”local and state law enforcement are also conducting a criminal investigation into the nursing home.a lawyer for the home did not respond to messages seeking a response.“as more information has come to light on this egregious situation, this facility absolutely cannot continue to have access to patients,” ahca secretary justin senior said in a news release wednesday. “this facility failed its residents multiple times throughout this horrifying ordeal.”hurricane irma knocked out power across florida, and disabled the generator powerin...





white sox bullpen covers 8 2/3 innings to beat astros

houston — chris volstad and chicago's bullpen covered 8 2/3 innings after starter carson fulmer left with a blister, and the white sox beat the houston astros 3-1 on thursday night.volstad (1-0) got his first win since 2012 with the chicago cubs. he allowed a run over 4 1/3 innings, and six relievers kept houston scoreless from there. juan minaya worked around two walks in the ninth for his fifth save.tim anderson homered to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games, and kevan smith added two hits for chicago.the victory snaps a six-game winning streak for the astros, who clinched the al west on sunday but are still making a push for the league's best record.chicago built a 2-0 lead against dallas keuchel (13-5) by the third inning. brian mccann got houston within 1 on a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.anderson launched a towering shot to center to begin the eighth inning. he has two homers, three doubles and six rbis during this streak.fulmer walked two before leaving because of the blister on his right index finger. volstad took over and allowed three hits while striking out two. it was the longest relief outing of his career and lowered his era to 1.08. volstad had mostly pitched in triple-a since making 21 starts with the cubs in 2012.avisail garcia and smith hit consecutive singles with one out in the second before a two-out single by willy garcia loaded the bases. the white sox took a 1-0 lead when rymer liriano walked, but keuchel struck out the ne...





flint's lead-poisoned water harmed fetuses

the fertility rate in flint, mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned flint river water in 2014, according to a new working paper.that decline was primarily driven by what the authors call a “culling of the least healthy fetuses” resulting in a “horrifyingly large” increase in fetal deaths and miscarriages. the paper estimates that among the babies conceived from november 2013 through march 2015, “between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had flint not enacted the switch in water,” according to health economists daniel grossman of west virginia university and david slusky of kansas university.in april 2014, flint decided to draw its public water supply from the flint river, a temporary measure intended to save costs while the city worked on a permanent pipeline project. residents immediately began complaining about the odor and appearance of the water, but well into 2015 the city said that the water was safe.subsequent testing by flint authorities and outside agencies turned up lead levels that in some cases were dozens or hundreds times higher than the environmental protection agency’s safety threshold. a september 2015 study showed that the proportion of flint children with high lead levels in their blood had roughly doubled after the water change. the city finally switched back to lake huron water in october 2015.the harmful effects of lead exposure on children’s health are well-documented. they include cog...





powerless: puerto rico faces weeks without electricity

san juan, puerto rico — the sky was darkening thursday afternoon as 10-year-old sarah jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater."we can use it to at least flush the toilets," she told her grandmother.a day after hurricane maria ravaged puerto rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. the storm knocked out the entire grid across the u.s. territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power to light their homes, cook, pump water or run fans, air conditioners or refrigerators.as a result, jimenez and others hunted for gas canisters for cooking, collected rainwater or steeled themselves mentally for the hardships to come in the tropical heat. some contemplated leaving the island."you cannot live here without power," said hector llanos, a 78-year-old retired new york police officer who planned to leave saturday for the u.s. mainland to live there temporarily.like many puerto ricans, llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. "the only thing i have is a flashlight," he said, shaking his head. "this is never going to return to normal." ap gallery: hurricane maria batters puerto rico maria's death toll across the caribbean, meanwhile, climbed to at least 19, nearly all of them on the hard-hit island of dominica. in puerto rico, the government said at least t...





tice, flowers lead no. 21 usf to 43-7 rout of temple

tampa, fla. — darius tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as no. 21 south florida dominated defending american athletic conference champion temple 43-7 on thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory.the bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to temple last october in philadelphia — a setback that wound up costing them a berth in the aac championship game.coach charlie strong said rather than dwell on what transpired last year, he and his players focused on the importance of setting a tone for this season's conference race."when you play with passion and enthusiasm, that's the kind of performance you'll get," strong said.tice scored on runs of 47 and 3 yards. quinton flowers, coming off accounting for 386 yards and five tds in a 24-point blowout of illinois, also ran for two touchdowns to take sole possession of first place on the bulls' career rushing td list with 34.usf's defense, meanwhile, forced six turnovers, including the first three interceptions of the season thrown by temple's logan marchi.backup quarterback frank nutile was intercepted once, and the owls also lost two fumbles."you're not going to lead very many games when you turn the ball over six times," temple coach geoff collins said."the thing that we talked about all week was being plus-three in the turnover margin," collins added. "they're way too good of a team to be negative, especially negative six."the owls (2-2) were held to minus-4 yards net r...





latest health bill in senate could end up costing minn. billions

washington – minnesota stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if senate republicans are successful next week in their latest bid to dismantle the affordable care act.supporters of the so-called graham-cassidy bill say it returns control of health care policy to the states. but many minnesota health officials counter that it endangers care of seniors and people with disabilities and would lead to even more costly premiums in the individual market."people won't be able to afford to get coverage and at the end of the day more people will go without the medical care that they need," said jim schowalter, ceo of the minnesota council of health plans. "this takes us back several steps."like other states, minnesota under the proposal would get a federal health care block grant, with flexibility in how to spend it. but an analysis by the washington-based health care consulting firm avalere health found that minnesota would lose $8 billion over the next decade compared to what it would receive under the affordable care act.the federal mandate to have health insurance would go away, along with the system of subsidies and tax credits designed to make premiums more affordable. the bill would also end the expansion of the medicaid program to those who are slightly above the poverty level, and like other republican proposals, federal medicaid dollars to states will be capped.that could result in a $37 billion loss to minnesota in federal medicaid funding by 2030, accor...





ameriprise's columbia threadneedle buying lionstone investments

columbia threadneedle investments, the global asset management group of minneapolis-based ameriprise, is acquiring lionstone investments.houston-based lionstone is a data analytics-driven investment firm that uses its proprietary algorithm to make commercial real estate investments. the firm has 55 employees and manages about $6 billion in assets.“we believe our broad institutional capabilities and relationships, together with our investment research insights, make this an excellent fit,” said ted truscott, chief executive of columbia threadneedle investments, in a statement. “real estate is an important asset class for institutional and retail clients, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to further our capabilities in this growing asset class.”columbia threadneedle employs 2,000, including 450 investment professionals in north america, europe and asia, and manages $473 billion in assets overall.columbia threadneedle has $10.5 billion in assets through a united kingdom property business but had lacked a comparable u.s.-based business.lionstone will retain its name and houston headquarters under the new ownership structure and lionstone’s management team, including ceo jane page, will continue to lead the u.s. group. page will report to truscott.“columbia threadneedle’s leadership, experience and culture are complementary to lionstone’s, making this a strong strategic partnership,” page said in the release. “our foundational investment philosophy ...





target expands restock household supply service to 8 additional cities

target is extending its next-day delivery of household essentials to eight more major markets, including new york, los angeles and atlanta.in mid-october, when target restock expands to the san francisco metro, the service will reach more than 70 million people in 11 major markets, or about one-fifth of the u.s. population, the company said thursday.the service launched in the spring in minneapolis. dallas and denver were added over the summer. also added thursday were chicago, philadelphia, st. louis and the washington, d.c./baltimore areas.target restock leverages target’s store network to get digital orders packed and shipped swiftly.it’s one of the latest examples of how target is combining stores and digital with the aim of making shopping more convenient for customers — and compete against amazon, in this case its pantry service for prime members.target restock allows online customers to pick from a list of 15,000 household items to fill a box, which is delivered the next day for $4.99. the products range from personal care and baby items to cleaning supplies. the weight limit is 45 pounds.“guests need to keep daily essentials stocked, but finding time to buy them is tough — and it can be even more of a challenge when you’re talking about large, bulky items,” said dawn block, target senior vice president of digital.“if we can help our busy guests check off their shopping lists quickly and more easily, that’s more time they can spend with their families...





young mexicans at heart of earthquake recovery

mexico city — oscar rangel doesn't own a shovel and is typically sitting at a computer compiling databases at work. but when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck mexico this week, he was among the first to show up at a building that collapsed near his home, ready to dig for survivors.in the two days since the devastating quake he and a brigade of other young mexicans have searched through the rubble with newly acquired construction gear at four destroyed buildings in or near mexico city."more than anything, it's wanting to help, to do whatever we can, as mexicans," said rangel, 20.in response to tuesday's devastating quake, mexicans have responded in such large numbers to help with relief efforts that some shelters for victims are turning volunteers away. more often than not, it is young people who are sorting through piles of food donations, donning construction hats, making sandwiches and playing music to rally the spirits of earthquake victims.most have no memory of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands and remains a traumatic memory in the minds of older mexicans, making tuesday's quake a defining moment for a younger generation."there are many people helping, but as youth we are realizing that right now all our energy is needed," said daniela flores, 31, director of a refuge center near a number of collapsed buildings.across mexico city, signs directing people to collection points for canned food, medicine and bottles of water have been taped to countless doors a...





bongards creameries will expand chanhassen office building for new hq

address: 8330 commerce dr., chanhassentype: industrialaddition size: 13,070 square feetdeveloper: bongards creameries inc.architect: bdh + youngdetails: bongards creameries, the 109-year-old, farmer-owned cheese co-op, will more than double the size of its newly acquired headquarters building at the chanhassen business center office/industrial park.the co-op bought the 9,500-square-foot, single-story office building last year for $850,000, according to state real estate records. the 19-year-old structure, situated next to the twin cities and western railroad line, is part of a business park along audubon road that was established in the early 1990s and is anchored by the national weather service’s twin cities office.under the plans approved by the chanhassen city council late last month, bongards will construct a 13,070-square-foot, two-story addition to the original building, expanding its total size to 22,628 square feet. the new section will provide space for office and warehouse uses, meeting rooms and an employee fitness center.it will also house a test kitchen that will allow clients and other official visitors to sample new products from bongards, which has doubled sales of its processed cheese during the last five years to $600 million annually.the headquarters expansion came as the co-op also announced a $35 million project to expand its manufacturing operations in tennessee. bongards invested $45 million to upgrade its perham, minn., plant in 2015.





star tribune football metro top 10 in action friday

star tribunemetro top 10as selected by staff writer jim paulsen1. eden prairie (3-0) vs. wayzata2. edina (3-0) at eastview3. minnetonka (3-0) at prior lake4. lakeville north (2-1) vs. lakeville south5. st. michael-albertville (3-0) at no. 6 centennial6. centennial (3-0) vs. no. 5 st. michael-albertville7. totino-grace (2-1) vs. anoka8. roseville (3-0) at east ridge9. maple grove (2-1) at burnsville10. cooper (class 5a, 3-0) at bloomington kennedy





pope francis admits errors in sex-abuse crisis

rome – pope francis acknowledged thursday that the catholic church was slow to address the sex-abuse crisis, including its widely criticized but not publicly acknowledged practice of moving priests who had abused children to other churches instead of reporting them to the police. “the church’s conscience came a bit late,” he said.the pope gave off-the-cuff remarks to a commission he created to tackle the issue, acknowledging the slow pace of church trials and an overall lack of awareness of the problem inside st. peter’s walls.“pedophilia is a sickness,” francis said. “today one repents, moves on, we forgive him, then two years later he relapses. we need to get it in our heads that it’s a sickness.”the pope announced that he would do away with vatican appeal trials for cases where evidence of abuse against minors is proven. “if there’s evidence, that is final,” he said.“those who are sentenced because of sexual abuses against minors can indeed appeal to the pope and ask for a pardon, but i’ve never signed one of those, and i never will,” the pope said.the pope’s rationale for doing away with an appeal process lies in his own experience. faced with such a case at the very beginning of his papacy, he said he’d opted for “the more benevolent path” instead of defrocking a priest. “after two years, though, the priest relapsed,” he said, which became a learning experience.according to a vatican source, the pope was probably specifically r...