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State patrol to handle protest...Storm death in Arkansas...Cruz: Leave my kids out of it

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.



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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says 30 Minnesota State Patrol officers will help handle an expected protest at the Mall of America. Local Black Lives Matter organizers planned today's demonstration to pressure authorities to release video of a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police. Mall officials tried to block the protest, arguing the mall was on private property, but a judge only barred three organizers from attending.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Severe storms are sweeping across the country's mid-section and a death has been reported in Arkansas. The Pope County Sheriff's Office says a person was killed when a tree fell on a house near Atkins, which is about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock. Much of the South awoke to tornado watches and heavy rain.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. transportation officials say they have confirmed an eighth U.S. death due to an explosive air bag made by auto parts maker Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a teen driver died a hospital a few days after being injured in a July crash near Pittsburgh. He said the agency learned of the death last week after from a lawyer for the teen's family. In the U.S., about 23 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled on 19 million vehicles.

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a 70-year-old woman and two 12-year-old girls were killed when a passenger train hit their car, which was stopped on the tracks about 115 miles west of New Orleans. They say two 12-year-old boys were among three others in the car who were critically injured. The train hit the car at around 6 p.m. yesterday in New Iberia, hometown of all six. Nobody on the train was hurt.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says a Washington Post cartoon depicting his 5- and 7-year-old daughters as monkeys is inappropriate and that children of candidates should be off-limits in campaigns. The cartoon, which criticized Cruz for using his children in a TV ad, depicted the candidate as an organ grinder dressed as Santa and his daughters as dancing monkeys. The newspaper pulled the cartoon yesterday from its website, saying "it's generally the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it."

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