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gophers vs maryland


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protests at msp airport sunday over travel ban


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wolves 129, brooklyn 109


andy clayton-king – apgallery: timberwolves starters, from left, zach lavine, ricky rubio, karl-anthony towns, andrew wiggins and gorgui dieng, got to enjoy watching the end of the game from the bench with their team on its way to a 20-point victory.






maryland 85, gophers 78


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: minnesota golden gophers forward jordan murphy (3) hung his head for a moment after the minnesota golden gophers were unable to score during the second half.






mn lottery


minneapolis _ these minnesota lotteries were drawn sunday:02-04-05-06-10-11-14-15-16-17 -20(two, four, five, six, ten, eleven, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty)estimated jackpot: $15 millionestimated jackpot: $206 million






mn lottery


minneapolis _ these minnesota lotteries were drawn urday:02-04-05-08-10-11-12-14-16-17-20-21(two, four, five, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty, twenty-one)estimated jackpot: $15 millionestimated jackpot: $187 million






men's final, late


melbourne, australia – henri tinen and john peers captured the men's doubles title at the australian open on urday, thwarting bob and mike bryan's…






protesters gather at minneapolis-st. paul airport in wake of refugee ban


about 100 people gathered urday evening at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport to protest president donald trump’s crackdown on refugee admissions to the united states.the protesters gathered near the terminal 1 international arrival gate, carrying signs opposing the executive order, which bars migrants from seven primarily muslim countries.they shouted slogans such as “no hate! no fear! immigrants are welcome here!” the only international flight to arrive during the hourlong demonstration was from cancun, mexico. arriving travelers appeared confused by the activity and the signs. some raised their thumbs in support.there were no known detainments of anyone coming into the minneapolis-st. paul airport urday, authorities said.the rally was one of several airport protests nationwi






morning forecast: cloudy, mid-20s


morning star tribune local twin cities (minneapolis/st. paul) weather video forecast  broadcast weather january 29, 2017 — 7:51am






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protesters gather at minneapolis-st. paul airport in wake of refugee ban


about 100 people gathered urday evening at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport to protest president donald trump’s crackdown on refugee admissions to the united states.the protesters gathered near the terminal 1 international arrival gate, carrying signs opposing the executive order, which bars migrants from seven primarily muslim countries.they shouted slogans such as “no hate! no fear! immigrants are welcome here!” the only international flight to arrive during the hourlong demonstration was from cancun, mexico. arriving travelers appeared confused by the activity, but some raised their thumbs in support.there were no known detainments of anyone coming into the minneapolis-st. paul airport urday.the rally was one of several airport protests nationwide, including a daylong demo






mn lottery


minneapolis _ these minnesota lotteries were drawn urday:02-04-05-08-10-11-12-14-16-17-20-21(two, four, five, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty, twenty-one)8-9-3(eight, nine, three)estimated jackpot: $15 million06-08-12-21-24(six, eight, twelve, twenty-one, twenty-four)estimated jackpot: $38,000estimated jackpot: $187 million






serena williams beats sister venus at australian open


kin cheung – ociated pressgallery: united states' serena williams, right, and her sister venus, left, embrace after serena won the women's singles final at the australian open tennis championships in melbourne, australia, urday, jan. 28, 2017.






celebrity news


pearl jam will be inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame by frequent collaborator and rock legend neil young this spring.young and pearl jam memorably joined forces to play young's "rockin' in the free world" at mtv's video awards in 1993. pearl jam regularly covers the song on tour. members of the band also played on young's 1995 album "mirror ball."the hall also announced that ­jackson browne will induct folk legend joan baez, and geddy lee and alex lifeson of rush will present fellow rockers yes at the april 7 ­ceremony in new york.from broadway to super bowloriginal cast members of the tony award-winning broadway hit "hamilton: an american al," will sing "america the beautiful" during pregame festivities at super bowl 51.the performance by renee elise goldsberry, jasmine cephas jon






home listings: what $510,000 buys in the twin cities


bloomingtonbuilt in 1985, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 3,869 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, two fireplaces, eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, formal dining room, screen porch, full finished walkout basement and four-car attached garage. listed by eric katz, edina realty, 651-762-2127.minneapolis minneapolis built in 1926, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the fulton neighborhood has 2,225 square feet and features a sunken living room with barreled ceiling, a fireplace, updated kitchen, full finished basement, deck and one-car oversized garage. listed by kris waggoner, edina realty, 612-965-3655.north oaksbuilt in 1972, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 3,933 square feet and features vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces, finished w






p os: protesters welcome refugees, protest trump policy at airports across u.s.


brandon wade – ociated pressgallery: southern methodist university student osama aloabi, left, and his brother, a smu graduate, tarek alolabi, right, demonstrate against president donald trump's executive order barring muslims from certain middle eastern countries from entering the united states at dallas fort worth airport, urday, jan. 28, 2017, in dallas. the aloabi's parents, who are syrian, are being detained by immigration officials at the airport.






super bowl facts


super factsparticipants: nfc champion atlanta falcons (13-5) vs. afc champion new england patriots (16-2). this is the second super bowl appearance for the falcons (0-1) and the ninth for the patriots (4-4).when: 5:30 p.m. next sunday.where: nrg stadium (capacity 71,795) in houston will be hosting for the second time.tv: ch. 9 (joe buck, troy aikman, erin andrews, chris myers).earnings: winners $107,000 per player; losers $53,000 per player.line: new england by 3.performers: “america the beautiful” by cast members of “hamilton,” national anthem by luke bryan, halftime show by lady gaga.






travel ban protests crop up around the country


genna martin – ociated pressgallery: seattle police use pepper spray and push the last group of protesters out of a seattle-tacoma international airport terminal after giving a final dispersal order around 2:00 a.m sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in seattle. on friday, jan. 27, president donald trump signed an executive order suspending all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. countries included in the ban are iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and yemen, which are all muslim-majority nations.






mn lottery


minneapolis _ these minnesota lotteries were drawn urday:02-03-04-05-07-09-11-13-15 -19-24(two, three, four, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-four)02-04-05-08-10-11-12-14-16-17-20-21(two, four, five, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty, twenty-one)8-9-3(eight, nine, three)02-17-23-26-38, ball: 5(two, seventeen, twenty-three, twenty-six, thirty-eight; ball: five)estimated jackpot: $3.55 millionestimated jackpot: $15 million06-08-12-21-24(six, eight, twelve, twenty-one, twenty-four)estimated jackpot: $38,00012-20-39-49-69, powerball: 17, power play: 2(twelve, twenty, thirty-nine, forty-nine, sixty-nine; powerball: seventeen; power play: two)






protesters gather at minneapolis-st. paul airport in wake of refugee ban


about 100 people gathered urday evening at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport to protest president donald trump’s crackdown on refugee admissions to the united states.the protesters gathered near the terminal 1 international arrival gate, carrying signs opposing the executive order, which bars migrants from seven primarily muslim countries.they shouted slogans such as “no hate! no fear! immigrants are welcome here!” the only international flight to arrive during the hourlong demonstration was from cancun, mexico. arriving travelers appeared confused by the activity and the signs. some raised their thumbs in support.there were no known detainments of anyone coming into the minneapolis-st. paul airport urday, authorities said.the rally was one of several airport protests nationwi






wolves-brooklyn game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe had his ninth 30-point game of the season, out-dueling nets big man brook lopez by scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds.by the numbers12-11 the wolves' record in their past 23 games.2 wolves second-half turnovers, after seeing the nets score 15 points off nine first-half turnovers.4 wolves players with at least four ists.kent youngblood






mn lottery


minneapolis _ these minnesota lotteries were drawn urday:02-03-04-05-07-09-11-13-15 -19-24(two, three, four, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-four)02-04-05-08-10-11-12-14-16-17-20-21(two, four, five, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty, twenty-one)8-9-3(eight, nine, three)02-17-23-26-38, ball: 5(two, seventeen, twenty-three, twenty-six, thirty-eight; ball: five)estimated jackpot: $3.55 millionestimated jackpot: $15 million06-08-12-21-24(six, eight, twelve, twenty-one, twenty-four)estimated jackpot: $38,00012-20-39-49-69, powerball: 17, power play: 2(twelve, twenty, thirty-nine, forty-nine, sixty-nine; powerball: seventeen; power play: two)estimated jackpot: $187 million






wolves-brooklyn game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe had his ninth 30-point game of the season, out-dueling nets big man brook lopez by scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds.by the numbers12-11 the wolves' record in their past 23 games.2 wolves second-half turnovers, after seeing the nets score 15 points off nine first-half turnovers.129 points by the wolves, a season high.kent youngblood






loss to no. 22 ter ins extends gophers' slide to five games


richard pitino seldom talks about the ncaa tournament. well, publicly at least.but the fourth-year gophers men’s basketball coach told his players and local media this past week that expectations were to make the ncaa tournament, and his team’s résumé still put it in good shape to get there.one loss might not derail those goals. but five consecutive losses will be tough to overcome.that’s how critical the gophers’ 85-78 loss urday to no. 22 maryland before an announced 11,191 at williams arena could be going into the second half of the conference season.“i think they’re an ncaa tournament team,” maryland coach mark turgeon said. “it gets a little bit easier for them moving forward, a few more home games. we had to play as well as we could play to win.”akeem springs had 23 points on 9-for-1






loss to no. 22 ter ins extends gophers' slide to five games


richard pitino seldom talks about the ncaa tournament. well, publicly at least.but the fourth-year gophers men’s basketball coach told his players and local media this past week that expectations were to make the ncaa tournament, and his team’s résumé still put it in good shape to get there.one loss might not derail those goals. but five consecutive losses will be tough to overcome.that’s how critical the gophers’ 85-78 loss urday to no. 22 maryland before an announced 11,191 at williams arena could be going into the second half of the conference season.“i think they’re an ncaa tournament team,” maryland coach mark turgeon said. “it gets a little bit easier for them moving forward, a few more home games. we had to play as well as we could play to win.”akeem springs had 23 points on 9-for-1






a super bowl curse for nfl's high-scoring mvps?


if matt ryan is named league mvp next urday as expected, he would become the 14th mvp quarterback to play on a super bowl team that led the league in scoring. the previous signal-callers in that category have gone 6-7. here’s a look at the seven who fell short:y.a. tittledec. 29, 1963completed 11 of 29 attempts and was picked off five times against chicago.johnny unitas, dec. 27, 1964managed just 125 total yards (95 p ing) in a shutout loss to cleveland. washington redskins quarterback joe theismann (7) wears a grim look as he walks of the field during first quarter super bowl xviii action against the los angeles raiders, sunday, jan. 22, 1984 at tampa stadium. (ap p o) org xmit: aphs179175 joe theismannjan. 22, 1984no p ing tds, two ints and six sacks made for a long day against the l.a.






klobuchar, franken call travel ban 'probably unconstitutional'


standing next to a mother whose 4-year-old daughter could be stranded in uganda as a result of president trump's executive order targeting citizens from seven predominantly muslim countries, sens. al franken and amy klobuchar on sunday morning blasted the order and called for it to be rescinded."this order was put out in a way that is terribly confusing. it is possibly, very probably, unconstitutional in that it targets country of origin and religion, both of which are unconstitutional," franken said. "this is not our country."the mother, samira dahir, a somali refugee who e to minneapolis in 2013, said her 4-year-old daughter mushkaad was scheduled to fly with an escort from kampala to minnesota on monday, but her status is in doubt.the had to stay with family friends in uganda because da






reusse: in 'beloved' category, '87 twins are no. 1


there were seven members of the champion 1987 twins and manager tom kelly taking part in a public conver ion on friday night at twinsfest. roy smalley offered a story to demonstrate the ability of kelly to observe and to react in leading that team.the twins starting pitching was thin, and they were in a stretch when scoring a bunch of runs wasn’t enough to win games. after one road loss, there were suggestions from hitters that the pitchers start doing their job.it turned into a bit of a clubhouse row, and smalley’s thought on the way to the postgame bus was: “i hope t.k. didn’t hear that.”and then kelly got on the bus after it was loaded and said, “listen,” and then told his players that a successful team was required to “row the boat” together, and not to be divided.there was no attempt






the drive: roadside memorials can create a delicate situation


you've seen them along the side of the road or maybe attached to utility poles — crosses, balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, p os and tributes — memorials left by well-wishers in memory of somebody who was killed in a car crash or perhaps at the hand of violence, marking the spot the person was last seen alive.roadside memorials can be an important part of the grieving process for family members and friends, the minnesota department of transportation recognizes, but they can also pose dangers for those who stop to view them or become a distraction to drivers. for that reason, memorials are prohibited on rights of way, meaning medians and shoulders of state highways.mndot's kent barnard, who noted that it is illegal to stop on the freeway except in the case of an emergency or vehicle break






protest shooting suspect takes stand, with more expected on monday


allen scarsella took the witness stand in his own defense late friday to explain why he went to a black lives matter protest in november 2015 and, after a scuffle broke out, ultimately s five people.his testimony was cut short, however, by the end of a day that saw his friend and co-defendant nathan gustavsson testify for several hours, arguing that scarsella s in self-defense. but his testimony also opened him up to what was often blistering questioning from the prosecution. it also revealed a text gustavsson wrote referring to the protest shooting and saying, "we're all guilty in this."gustavsson said in an interview afterward that his decision to testify e after his attorney, family and friends all told him not to. but he said he asked himself if he could live with himself if scarsella






coon ids boys' basketball rebound comes with lots of pride


when mike ogorek be e the coon ids boys’ basketball coach in 2013, he inherited a complete rebuilding project.a year before ogorek’s arrival, the cardinals went 0-27. his first season as head of the program started unlike most. an offseason of inconsistent summer workouts resulted in his two returning leading scorers not returning to the team.in ogorek’s first season, coon ids won only one game. but he felt his message and brand of basketball were beginning to manifest inside the program.in the 2014-15 season, the cardinals won two games. last season they won three. this season they have already won eight games, including victories against forest lake, elk river and centennial.coon ids (8-6) is in position to have its first winning season since 2000. p os by jerry holt • jerry.h






new trial for berlusconi


rome – a milan judge on urday ordered silvio berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges, damping the former italian premier’s hopes of running soon for office again after being sidelined by a tax-fraud conviction.the italian news agency ansa, reporting from milan, said judge carlo ottone de marchi, after a hearing on an indictment request by prosecutors, set the trial to begin april 5 in that city.milan daily corriere della sera says the former three-time premier is accused of having shelled out about 10 million euros plus expensive gifts for some 20 young women who attended y parties at his arcore villa near milan. prosecutors allege berlusconi aimed to “buy” the women’s silence in various trials involving him.berlusconi’s lawyers have denied any wronging by their client. one of them, f






nhl all-star game facts


all-star game what to knowformateach of league's four divisions will be represented by 11 players (six forwards, three defensemen, two goalies). team a will play team b in the first 20-minute, 3-on-3 semifinal, followed by team c vs. team d (matchups were determined urday night). the winners a nce to the $1 million championship.wild repsdevan dubnyk, goalie: second all-star game. leads the league with a 1.88 gaa and .936 save percentage.ryan suter, defenseman: third all-star game. seven goals, 23 ists this season. bruce boudreau: coaching in his first all-star game. will be behind the central division bench.minn. connectionsatlantic: buffalo f kyle okposo (shattuck-st. mary's, gophers).metropolitan: n.y. rangers d ryan mcdonagh (cretin-derham hall high school), carolina d justin faulk (min






c.j.: you want to lose weight? omaur bliss says cook at home


local fitness expert omaur bliss, a regular on the fox 9 “buzz,” learned a lot during this interview.the founder of bliss full fit, a company dedicated to improving health and wellness behaviors, was an awful good sport during our video shoot. for more of the congenial personal and group fitness trainer, yoga instructor and dj, plan to attend his feb. 11 wine and wellness event, a partnership with amusée wine, at create catering from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tickets are available at amuseewine.com and bliss can be contacted at omaurblissfit.com.q: have women started asking what exercise they need to do for what was being called the test new trend in skin, which is apparently underboob? haven’t you seen lady gaga showing off underboob? it’s a weird thing.a: yeah. underboob? i don’t get a lot






craig: for falcons' ryan, stats and nfl history aren't on his side


the ociated press has picked the nfl mvp every year since 1957. thirteen were quarterbacks on teams that led the nfl in scoring and reached the championship game.their record in those games: 6-7.the losers were y.a. tittle in 1963, johnny unitas in 1964, joe theismann in super bowl xviii, dan marino in super bowl xix, tom brady in super bowl xlii, peyton manning in super bowl xlviii and newton in super bowl 50.sorry, matt ryan.the atlanta falcons’ quarterback is expected to become the 14th member of this club. results of this season’s mvp voting will be revealed on urday night, the eve of super bowl li between the falcons (13-5) and the patriots (16-2) at houston’s nrg stadium. david goldman • ociated press atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan (2) warms up before the first hal






nhl all-star rosters


atlanticforwards – nikita kucherov, tampa bay; brad marchand, boston; auston matthews, toronto; frans nielsen, detroit; kyle okposo, buffalo; vincent trocheck, florida. defense – victor hedman, tampa bay; erik karlsson, ottawa; shea weber, montreal. goalies – carey price, montreal; tuukka rask, boston.centralforwards – patrick kane, chicago; patrik laine, winnipeg; nathan mackinnon, colorado; tyler seguin, dallas; vladimir tarasenko, st. louis; jonathan toews, chicago. defense – duncan keith, chicago; p.k. subban, nashville; ryan suter, wild. goalies – corey crawford, chicago; devan dubnyk wild.metropolitanforwards – atkinson, columbus; sidney crosby, pittsburgh; taylor hall, new jersey; alex ovechkin, washington; wayne simmonds, philadelphia; john tavares, n.y. islanders. defense – justin






trump's move on refugees stirs praise, worry in minnesota


the president’s move to restrict the flow of refugees to the united states was welcomed by his minnesota supporters but widely condemned by others who urged caution in the treatment of people fleeing war.the order suspends all refugee resettlement for four months to allow for a review of the screening process and bans syrian refugees and any refugees after the first 50,000 per year until president trump decides otherwise. in remarks from the pentagon on friday, trump said the moves were necessary to prevent terrorists from entering the nation.the united states was projected to accept 110,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017.a draft of the order was circulating online as early as wednesday, and it won support from some in minnesota, and condemnation from others.putting a stop to all refugees am






nhl all-star rosters


atlanticforwards – nikita kucherov, tampa bay; brad marchand, boston; auston matthews, toronto; frans nielsen, detroit; kyle okposo, buffalo; vincent trocheck, florida. defense – victor hedman, tampa bay; erik karlsson, ottawa; shea weber, montreal. goalies – carey price, montreal; tuukka rask, boston.centralforwards – patrick kane, chicago; patrik laine, winnipeg; nathan mackinnon, colorado; tyler seguin, dallas; vladimir tarasenko, st. louis; jonathan toews, chicago. defense – duncan keith, chicago; p.k. subban, nashville; ryan suter, wild. goalies – corey crawford, chicago; devan dubnyk, wild.metropolitanforwards – atkinson, columbus; sidney crosby, pittsburgh; taylor hall, new jersey; alex ovechkin, washington; wayne simmonds, philadelphia; john tavares, n.y. islanders. defense – justi






decades-old slaying of righteous bros. singer's ex-wife is finally solved


los angeles — investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff's department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff's department said friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer," but provided no other details. file karen klaas and bill medley, when they were married. the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely r






sid's jottings


jottings• it’s interesting that the gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 cl and none of them chose to play for richard pitino. now they have five scholarships in the 2018 cl , and landing daniel oturu from cretin-derham hall this past week is a big deal. that 2018 cl also features race thompson of armstrong and tre jones of apple valley. and looking ahead to 2019, maybe one of the top-rated state high school players in recent years is matthew hurt out of rochester john marshall, who has already been offered by the u and whose brother, michael, plays for the gophers.• speaking of gophers recruiting, four-star signee isaiah washington, who is playing at st. raymond high school in new york city and is ranked as the 62nd-best player in the country by rivals.com,






23: serena williams sets major record with win over venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






nation and world news


texasearly morning fire destroys mosquean early morning fire urday destroyed a texas mosque that was a target of hatred several years ago and was a burglarized just a week ago. a convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the islamic center of victoria and called the fire department. "it's sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, and the fire was so huge," said shahid hashmi, the islamic center's president. the city asked for help from the state and federal agents to determine the cause.californiabrown to be treated for prostate cancergov. jerry brown, who was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, will begin a new round of treatment for the disease, his office said. brown, 78, will continue his duties as governor during the treatment. doctors say his prog






10,000 participate in charitable gull lake ice fishing contest


an estimated 10,000 anglers trod onto frozen gull lake on urday, betting — hoping — they would catch a fish large enough to win a new pickup truck.the event was the 27th brainerd jaycees $150,000 ice fishing extravaganza, the largest such competition in the world, organizers say, and the most charitable. since its founding in 1991, the contest has raised about $3 million for charities in the brainerd area, notably confidence learning center, which serves people with developmental disabilities. urday’s truck winner was les laidlaw of mankato, who caught a 5.54-pound northern pike early in the three-hour contest, which began at noon.in second place was brian dubois of afton, mich., with a 5.44-pound northern pike. third was florence anderson of owatonna, minn., with a 4.63-pound walleye, and






white house reverses course on green card holders


washington — the white house on sunday tried to tamp down concerns about president donald trump's sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some republicans in congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. top congressional republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president.during a round of sunday show interviews, trump's aides stressed that just a small portion of travelers had been affected by the order, which temporarily bars the citizens of seven majority muslim nations from entering the country. the aides also reversed course and said that citizens of those countries who hold permanent u.s. residency "green cards" will not be barred from re-entering the country, as officials had previously said."i can't imagine too many p






louise erdrich leads finalists for minnesota book awards


minneapolis writer louise erdrich has been named a finalist for a minnesota book award for her novel “larose,” which is also in the running for a national book critics circle award. she last won a minnesota book award — her fifth — in 2013 for “the round house.”the finalists, announced urday also include two-time winner kao kalia yang (also a finalist for an nbcc award), caren stelson (whose book, “sachiko,” was longlisted for a 2016 national book award), benjamin percy, peter geye and david housewright.for the first time, two self-published authors were among the finalists. notably missing from the lineup were kate di illo’s “raymie nightingale,” also longlisted for a national book award, and kelly barnhill, whose middle-grade novel “the who drank the moon” just won the newbery award.the






white house: immigration order 'small price' for safety


washington — the white house on sunday tried to tamp down concerns about president donald trump's sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some republicans in congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. top congressional republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president.during a round of sunday show interviews, trump's aides stressed that just a small portion of travelers had been affected by the order, which temporarily bars the citizens of seven majority muslim nations from entering the country. the aides also reversed course and said that citizens of those countries who hold permanent u.s. residency "green cards" will not be barred from re-entering the country, as officials had previously said."i can't imagine too many p






protesters gather at minneapolis airport in wake of refugee ban


a small group of people carrying signs and chanting gathered urday evening at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport to protest president donald trump’s crackdown on refugee admissions to the united states.the demonstrators at the terminal 1 international baggage claim carried signs opposing the executive order trump issued friday night that bars migrants from seven primarily muslim countries, including business people, students and those with valid visas.there were no known detainments of anyone coming into the minneapolis airport on urday, authorities said.the rally was one of several airport protests nationwide, including a daylong demonstration outside new york’s john f. kennedy international airport, where two iraqi men were detained urday morning. one has since been released.






white house backs breitbart co-founder at national security meetings


washington — the white house on sunday said the addition of president donald trump's chief strategist, steve bannon, to regular meetings of the country's top national security officials was essential to the commander in chief's decision-making process.trump took steps urday to begin restructuring the white house national security council, adding the senior adviser to the principals committee, which includes the secretaries of state and defense. at the same time, trump said his director of national intelligence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff would attend "where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed."bannon served in the navy before attending harvard business school, working at goldman sachs, starting his own media-focused boutique inves






son of a slave helped build st. paul


her grandfather would pluck the mandolin, blow his harmonica and recite poetry in the evening when his grueling day job was done. if the children were lucky, he'd try dancing."grampa would sit and cross one leg over the other and we kids, one by one, would climb up on his top foot," 87-year-old janet bullard watson recalled from los angeles. "he would hold our hands and lift and bounce us up and down in the air like a seesaw. once in a while, he would pretend to do a soft shoe and would do an awkward shuffle that would throw us kids into peals of laughter."luckily for casiville bullard, his handiwork as a renowned stonemason and bricklayer didn't rely on his feet. the son of a slave, bullard had a hand in building some of st. paul's most enduring buildings in the early 20th century.that li