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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Associated Press tallied the purchases from invoices obtained through a public records request. They included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles and more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition.
GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille’s epic “The Ten Commandments.” The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota rural schools with limited finances are using online classes to expand course offerings for students. It's reported that the North Dakota Center for Distance Education, which offers hundreds of online courses, has seen a considerable increase in course enrollments after the state Legislature started subsidizing course costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army veteran has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriately touching her more than a decade ago while she was on a military deployment to Kuwait.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is renewing his call for the chamber's ethics committee to investigate Sen. Al Franken after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. Lindsay Menz told CNN that the Minnesota Democrat grabbed her bottom as the pair posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA-- A North Dakota man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for scamming Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forty-seven-year-old Elfonzo Shelby, of Fargo, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday for using fake identities to swindle more than $300,000 in general assistance and food stamp benefits. Shelby pleaded guilty to the allegations in September.
ANDOVER, Minn.- - Authorities now say a hit-and-run crash that killed a teenager in Andover was likely not an accident. Anoka County sheriff's officials said Sunday that the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed 17-year-old Tristan Robinson of Nowthen on Friday night intentionally struck him. Robinson died at the scene. Authorities say the hit-and-run was part of a drug-related robbery. A teenager from St. Francis is in custody. Two other teenagers - a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old - are being sought.
MILTONA, Minnesota-- A Douglas County farmer survived after having an arm pinned in a corn picker in a field for an hour. The sheriff's office says authorities who responded to the field near Miltona on Thursday afternoon found the man conscious and alert. Emergency crews were able to free his pinned armed from the piece of equipment. He was flown to a Twin Cities-area hospital. Authorities say the farmer had been trying to clear something from the corn picker when his arm became trapped. His name and condition weren't immediately released.
MILROY, MINNESOTA-- A hunter in southwestern Minnesota is recovering after being accidentally shot on the opening day of the state's firearms deer season. The Redwood County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported late Saturday morning halfway between Milroy and Tracy. Investigators say a hunter shooting at a deer hit another hunter beyond the deer. The wounded hunter was hit in the leg and was taken to a Tracy hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA-- Bismarck police say the officer injured in an attack by a suspect he later shot has returned to work. The officer will be on desk duty until the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation completes a review. The officer was attacked after responding to a call at the Bismarck Motor Motel Oct. 15. Authorities say the suspect, Donald Miller, punched the officer in the head repeatedly and gouged his eyes. Miller was shot in the stomach. He's been charged with assaulting a peace officer and robbery.