- Feds: Ex-soldier stole military IDs for militia
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota National Guardsman is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing the names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of about 400 members of his former Army unit in North Carolina in order to create fake IDs for his militia.
- Minnesota guardsman accused of fraud, seeking fake IDs for militia
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A Minnesota National Guard member has been charged with fraud after FBI agents said they learned he had stolen personal information on 400 soldiers from his former Army unit, and a federal judge has ordered him held temporarily in jail. Investigators suspect the defendant, Specialist Keith Michael Novak, planned to sell the information for profit and to use it to create false identities for himself and militia members who may need to escape the law. Novak, a suspected militia commander who is assigned as a human intelligence analyst in the Minnesota Guard, is accused of taking personal information including Social Security numbers, birth dates and ranks while he was on active duty in the Army assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division before he joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in September 2012.
- Minnesota police charge man with rape, say he scrubbed victim with bleach
Police in Minnesota said on Thursday they have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman, then scrubbing her body with bleach and giving her bus fare to go home. Gideon Arrington, 35, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was impersonating a police officer when he approached and then attacked the woman on November 23 in a parking lot in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, as she left her job as a personal care attendant, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a criminal complaint. The man then raped her and scrubbed her body with a bleach solution, and washed her clothes, the woman told police, according to the criminal complaint.
- Minn. guardsman accused of stealing military IDs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota National Guardsman faces federal fraud charges in connection with the theft of names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. The Iraq War veteran intended to use the confidential material to create fake IDs for his militia, court documents say.
- APNewsBreak: Minn. man accused of Army ID theft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the Minnesota National Guard and self-described commander of a militia group was charged Wednesday with stealing names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C., so he could make fake IDs for his militia members.
- Raw Milk: 1 in 6 Who Drink It Gets Sick
On average, one in six people who drink raw milk becomes ill with bacterial or parasite infections, according to researchers at the Minnesota Department of Health. The researchers found 530 laboratory-confirmed cases of infections — including bacterial infections from Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter, as well as parasitic infections called cryptosporidiosis — among Minnesota patients who reported drinking raw milk between 2001 and 2010. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized (heated to kill germs and then cooled quickly). Based on known rates of underdiagnosing these infections, the researchers estimated that 20,502 Minnesotans, or 17 percent of raw milk consumers, actually became ill during the study period after consuming raw milk, according to the study, published today (Dec. 11) in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a public health journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Cold, ice grip U.S. as more snow to blanket East
A deadly winter storm kept a tight grip on much of the United States on Monday as cold, snow and ice spread across the East Coast, snarling traffic and knocking out power to thousands. As much as 5 inches of snow were forecast for Monday night into Tuesday and much of the area from Virginia to coastal New England were under winter weather advisories, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a forecast. Bitter Arctic air in the upper Great Plains and Rocky Mountains is expected to persist through Wednesday, with the coldest weather extending from the Nevada-Utah region into Minnesota, the NWS said. "I don't think things are going to warm up any time soon," said Bruce Sullivan, an NWS meteorologist.
- Minnesota Archdiocese identifies 30 priests accused of abusing minors
By David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identified 30 priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the archdiocese, which has been under fire for its past handling of clergy abuse cases in its part of Minnesota. The archdiocese said the 30 priests had "credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor." The archdiocese said none of the men were still in ministry and most had been identified previously in media reports. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents people who claim they were victims of clergy sex abuse, said in a telephone interview that release of the names in Minnesota was "real progress," but not full disclosure.
- N.B.A. Game in Mexico City Postponed
The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
- Nearly week of frigid temperatures for West
DENVER (AP) — The jet stream hunkered to the south Wednesday, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to 20-below or worse in the northern midsection of the country, and forcing much of the rest of the nation to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures. In Minnesota, the cold has forced Salvation Army bell ringers inside and cancelled holiday parties, while dense, cold air sunk into Rocky Mountain valleys and kept some lower elevations below freezing in the West.
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