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Civil War paintings will head back to prime Capitol spot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ��� Several Civil War paintings will return to a prominent spot in the Capitol when it reopens next month.Minnesota Public Radio News ( reports that the Minnesota Historical Society's decision on Thursday ends a controversial debate about Capitol artwork that flared last week. Gov. Mark Dayton stormed out of a meeting last week shortly before a panel overseeing Capitol renovations recommended the paintings stay put.

Firefighters say woman's body found in burned out motor home

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) ��� Authorities in northeastern Iowa say the body of a woman was found in a motor home that burned overnight.The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says ( ) crews were called to the fire on a farmstead near Oelwein around 1:55 a.m. Thursday and found the motor home engulfed in flames. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found the woman's body inside. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of her relatives.

The Latest: UW regents approve tuition increases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ��� The Latest on University of Wisconsin System regents' actions Thursday (all times local):1:45 p.m.University of Wisconsin System leaders have signed off on raising out-of-state and graduate tuition by hundreds of dollars at a number of campuses.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ��� Protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline are getting conflicting messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

APNewsBreak: Effort to stem homegrown US extremism launches

BOSTON (AP) — A federally backed effort to stem the rise of homegrown extremists is underway in Massachusetts after it was first announced nearly three years ago.The Associated Press obtained public records showing the state last week selected three local organizations to use $210,000 in money for a federal pilot program.The organizations are proposing a variety of programs to prevent mostly African, Middle Eastern and Muslim youths from being drawn to extremist groups' propaganda.

Minnesota DNR finds evidence of zebra mussels in Leech Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Evidence of invasive zebra mussels has turned up in Leech Lake, the third-largest lake in Minnesota.The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it found zebra mussel larvae in samples collected from two locations nearly 17 miles apart. While the DNR hasn't found any adults in the lake, the locations and numbers of the larvae indicate a reproducing population may be present.

Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

MILWAUKEE (AP) ��� A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison.Twenty-four-year-old Arlis Gordon was sentenced Thursday to 30 years behind bars. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Wagner told Gordon he has left the family of Laylah Petersen "with a legacy of sadness."

Minnesota sues Volkswagen over emissions cheating scandal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is suing Volkswagen, saying the German automaker violated state laws when it sold diesel vehicles in the state with special systems designed to defeat emissions tests.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, says Volkswagen sold or leased more than 11,500 of the diesel vehicles in Minnesota from 2008 through 2015. It alleges they violated state anti-tampering laws and environmental regulations.

Somali-American lawmaker says DC cabbie called her 'ISIS'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The nation's first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called "ISIS" by a taxicab driver in Washington, D.C.Minnesota state Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride on Tuesday after a White House meeting on criminal justice reform. She did not provide information about the driver.

Man, woman fatally shot in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) ��� Milwaukee police say they're looking for a suspect and a motive in the fatal shooting of a man and woman on the city's northwest side.Officers responded to the home about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police tell WTMJ-TV two children were found hiding in the house. They were not physically injured. Authorities say one is a teen and the other is about 10 years old.