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NEWS DAY | Murder in Minneapolis / What would Emmer cut? / Bring on the drones / more

With three murders in the last week pushing the year's toll to 24, Minneapolis crime is in the news. The latest three: a shooting on the Northside on Thursday, and two shootings in south Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday.

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NEWS DAY | World Cup / Political shenanigans from MN to SC / More on BP

The World Cup international soccer tournament, held every four years, launched with opening ceremonies in South Africa last night. Less-known in the United States, the World Cup is a huge international event, leading news and Twitter postings worldwide. More than three million tickets have been sold, and hundreds of millions will watch on television in 215 countries. This is the 19th World Cup, and the first time the tournament has taken place in Africa. The 64 games will take place over the next month, with the final game on July 11. Wikipedia describes in detail how the 32 national teams were selected and scheduled.

Here in Minnesota, Nomad Pub claims to be "where the world watches" with lots of World Cup promo and "Minneapolis premier soccer pub where you'll never drink alone."

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By the numbers: Figuring out health care fraud

Billing for 32-hour days for three days in a row, as reported in the May 23 Star Tribune, looks like an outrageous example of health care fraud. Turns out - it wasn't. The personal care assistant in the example didn't receive the overpayment.

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NEWS DAY BLOG | Unemployment numbers, MN nurses, Gaza news, BP cap

Officially, unemployment fell slightly in May, to a seasonally adjusted 9.7 percent. The total unemployment figure, including those who are marginally attached to the workforce, discouraged workers, and those working part-time because they cannot find full-time work – seasonally adjusted at 16.6 percent.

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No campaigns / No Hope / No BP fix / Erlinder update

Campaign season, but these politicos can kick back and relax: Willmar's West Central Tribune reports that MN Representative Paul Anderson from Starbuck (District 13A) doesn't have to worry about campaigning this summer. He's one of five legislators with no opponent in November.

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Twin Cities schools / BP, Gaza, Afghanistan

I’m a fan of MPR’s “Five by 8″ – five stories highlighted by 8 a.m. by Bob Collins in his NewsCut blog. They range from the deadly serious (competing video accounts of Israel’s attack on the Gaza flotilla) to the whimsical (robots creating robots) to the silly (do dogs prefer HDTV?) A little later than 8 a.m., my picks for the stories of the day include Twin Cities school news and lay-offs, Gaza news coverage, attacks on peace talks in Afghanistan, and BP’s ongoing failures as the oil slick nears Florida beaches.

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Peter Erlinder - Minnesota lawyer still jailed in Rwanda

Here are some updates on Peter Erlinder, the Minnesota lawyer jailed in Rwanda on allegations of "genocide ideology." A charge of "genocide ideology" means that an individual said something that the government disagrees with about the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and particularly about any involvement by the current president.

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BP: "This scares everybody"

Operation Top Kill has failed to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The Los Angeles Times quotes BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles: “After three full days, we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well, so we now believe it is time to move on to another option . . .

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Let’s jail all the lawyers? / LatAm volcanos / Pakistan battles

Minnesota lawyer Peter Erlinder has been jailed in Rwanda, where he went to represent opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who was accused of “promoting genocide ideology.” In 1994, genocide in Rwanda killed about 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis. Ms. Ingabire, a Hutu, has called for prosecution of people who killed Hutus during the genocide. According to BBC:

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