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Minnesota Lawmaker, Facing Sex Scandal, Ends Reelection Bid

Minnesota Lawmaker, Facing Sex Scandal, Ends Reelection Bid

Minnesota State Legislature(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Disgraced Minnesota Democratic State Rep. Kerry Gauthier decided late Wednesday night that he will not seek reelection after he was caught having sexual contact with a 17-year-old. But that hasn’t a…

Joe Biden Likens Republicans to ‘Squealing Pigs’

Joe Biden Likens Republicans to ‘Squealing Pigs’

ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday suggested a new image to associate with Republicans who opposed Democratic efforts to toughen regulations on Wall Street, characterizing them as “squealing pigs.”“Over the o…

Kill Bin Laden? Game Lets People Re-Live the Experience

Kill Bin Laden? Game Lets People Re-Live the Experience

AFP/Getty Images(NEW HOPE, Minn.) — Osama bin Laden has been dead for more than a year, but dozens of people are shelling out big bucks to kill him again in a real-life, role-play game in Minnesota.Sealed Mindset Firearms Studio, which teaches firearm…

Minnesota Governor Denies Pill Popping Accusation

Minnesota Governor Denies Pill Popping Accusation

United States Congress(MINNEAPOLIS) — Controversy has flared up in Minnesota after a congressional candidate accused Gov. Mark Dayton of taking “15 to 16 pills” at a breakfast meeting – a charge that Dayton, who says he takes only pr…

Minnesota Bridge Collapse Anniversary: How Safe Are Drivers Now?

Minnesota Bridge Collapse Anniversary: How Safe Are Drivers Now?

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been five years since more than 100 cars were traveling over a bridge on I-35W during a Minneapolis rush hour when it suddenly collapsed, dropping cars from the interstate into the 15-foot-deep Mississippi…

President Obama Writes Fifth Grader’s Excuse Note

President Obama Writes Fifth Grader’s Excuse Note

ABC News(GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.) — For as long as there have been teachers, students have had excuses: my dog ate my homework, my computer crashed, I had food poisoning.But 11-year-old Tyler Sullivan of Minnesota isn’t one to make excuses. He&rsqu…

Obama Says GOP ‘Fever’ on Taxes May Break in a Second Term

Obama Says GOP ‘Fever’ on Taxes May Break in a Second Term

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — President Obama said Friday that if he wins a second term the GOP “fever” of opposition to tax hikes for deficit reduction may break.He said the Republican Party would, in effect, be forced to embr…

President Obama Vows Economy ‘Will Come Back Stronger’

President Obama Vows Economy ‘Will Come Back Stronger’

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/GettyImages(GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.) — Reacting to Friday morning’s weak jobs report, President Obama admitted the economy is not creating jobs “as fast as we want,” but was confident that the country has better days ahe…

Ron Paul Wins Minnesota State Convention

Ron Paul Wins Minnesota State Convention

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Ron Paul backers secured 12 of 13 delegates at Minnesota’ state GOP convention, according to a source who was there and is familiar with the delegates’ leanings.Saturday’s con…

Tornadoes: Midwest Twisters Leave 5 Dead in Oklahoma

Tornadoes: Midwest Twisters Leave 5 Dead in Oklahoma

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least five people are dead after violent storms ripped through several states in the nation’s mid-section as officials work to clean up the damage this morning and brace for more violent weather. Wisconsin, Minnesota…

Minnesota Teen Can’t Bring Porn Star to Prom

Minnesota Teen Can’t Bring Porn Star to Prom

Hemera/Thinkstock(OAKDALE, Minn.) — A Minnesota high school senior who asked 600 porn stars to prom on Twitter will not be allowed to bring the one who said yes, his school said.Mike Stone, 18, tweeted to his prospective dates: “i have dinner h…

Tornado Hits San Antonio as Severe Weather Rattles South and Midwest

Tornado Hits San Antonio as Severe Weather Rattles South and Midwest

Comstock/Thinkstock (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Severe weather hammered the Midwest and South including a tornado that touched down in San Antonio, where at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed. Residents from Minnesota to Texas are bracing for floodin…

Santorum Sweeps: Stops Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado

Santorum Sweeps: Stops Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado

Whitney Curtis/Getty Images(SAINT CHARLES, Mo.) — Rick Santorum won all three Republican voting contests Tuesday night, breaking Mitt Romney’s winning streak and denying him the image of an unstoppable front-runner.Based on ABC News projections, Santo…

Analysis: Romney Is Rebuked with Losses in Minnesota, Missouri

Analysis: Romney Is Rebuked with Losses in Minnesota, Missouri

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DENVER) — Make no mistake, victories by Rick Santorum Tuesday night in Minnesota and Missouri represent a rebuke of the “Mitt Romney will sail to the nomination” narrative. It also highlights Romney’s continue…

Three States Vote: Can Romney Hang On?

Three States Vote: Can Romney Hang On?

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Voters in three states made their picks for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, as Mitt Romney tried to win enough votes to deny his rivals any momentum going into the first lull of the primary season….

Gingrich Expects Santorum to Have ‘Pretty Good Day’ Tuesday

Gingrich Expects Santorum to Have ‘Pretty Good Day’ Tuesday

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(GOLDEN, Colo.) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made a condensed campaign stop in Colorado Monday, attending two events in Golden — his only effort in the state this election cycle.Gingrich also held one …

Why Tuesday Night Could Be a Good One for Rick Santorum

Why Tuesday Night Could Be a Good One for Rick Santorum

Steve Pope/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Newt Gingrich has positioned himself as Mitt Romney’s biggest threat to the nomination, but come Tuesday when Republicans in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri come out to vote, it’s Rick Santorum, not Gin…

Rick Santorum Skips Super Bowl for Minnesota Campaigning

Rick Santorum Skips Super Bowl for Minnesota Campaigning

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(LAKE WACONIA, Minn.) — It might have been Super Bowl Sunday, but a boisterous crowd packed into a winery in Lake Waconia, Minn., to listen to Rick Santorum, without a television set in sight.The event Sunday evening during the …

Santorum Says Daughter Is ‘Out of the Woods but Still in Hospital’

Santorum Says Daughter Is ‘Out of the Woods but Still in Hospital’

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(LUVERNE, Minn.) — Rick Santorum said he spent Sunday night in a Virginia hospital bed with his ailing 3-year-old daughter Bella only to wake up Monday morning and decide to return to campaigning.“She’s out of the …

Minn. Community Prays for Retirees Missing in Italian Cruise Wreck

Minn. Community Prays for Retirees Missing in Italian Cruise Wreck

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn.) — Friends of missing retirees Jerry and Barbara Heil are planning a prayer service for the Minnesota couple, who haven’t been heard from since the cruise ship they were on capsized off the coast o…

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