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MELVIN, Iowa (AP) — The estimate of a manure spill from a northwest Iowa dairy producer has jumped from 200,000 gallons to 1 million gallons. The state Department of Natural Resources says Wednesday that the owner of High Plains Dairy near Melvin increased the estimate for the spill, which occurred Sunday night. Dairy workers dammed a dry creek bed to contain the manure and then were working to pump it out and apply it to nearby fields.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky's lawyer and a state prosecutor. Defense lawyer Norris Gelman said he planned to ask the state Supreme Court to review the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army, Navy and Air Force might be forced to skip their football games next weekend because of the partial government shutdown. The Defense Department temporarily suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the budget impasse in Congress.
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman. Who, the secretary wanted to know, gave Clancy access to all that secret material?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for a man accused of telling security screeners at the Jacksonville International Airport he had a bomb in his backpack, prompting the evacuation of the airport. Authorities did not find any explosives. Zeljko Causevic, 39, remained silent during his brief hearing before Duval County Court Judge Russell Healey on charges of making a false report about planting a bomb and possessing a hoax bomb.
NEW YORK (AP) — The partial government shutdown that began Tuesday left many federal workers uncertain of their financial future, with many facing unpaid furloughs or delays in paychecks. Park ranger and father-to-be Darquez Smith said he already lives paycheck to paycheck while putting himself through college and worried how he'll fare if the shutdown lasts a long time.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ron Gardenhire isn't going anywhere. A Minnesota Twins official with knowledge of the decision said Monday that Gardenhire will be back next season. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the Twins had not made an official announcement ahead of an afternoon news conference. Gardenhire is in the final year of his contract and his 12 years with the Twins make him the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A financial review shows Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are able to pay their share of the $1 billion cost for the team's new downtown Minneapolis stadium, officials with the public authority that's managing the project said Friday.
WINONA (AP) — Firefighters contained a large blaze that burned several buildings housing businesses, apartments and a mosque in downtown Winona on Friday, Fire Chief Curt Bittle said. Crews were still hosing down the buildings and began demolishing some of the storefronts at midmorning to try to extinguish debris that was still burning.