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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he won't run this year for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Al Franken. The two-term Republican governor and one-time presidential candidate had considered a bid in the weeks since Franken resigned due to sexual misconduct allegations. Pawlenty's fundraising prowess and deep connections made him an enticing recruit for Republicans who saw a surprise chance to flip the seat. By Kyle Potter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton urged skeptical lawmakers Tuesday to borrow $1.5 billion to fund overdue improvements to college campuses, water infrastructure and various other public construction projects, a request nearly twice as large as his administration estimated last month. The so-called bonding bill will be a marquee item for the coming legislative session when lawmakers return Feb. 20. And it's Dayton's last chance to fund a backlog of public works proposals before leaving office early next year. By Kyle Potter. SENT: 485 words.




UnitedHealth Group's earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017, and the nation's largest insurer hiked its forecast well beyond expectations largely due to help from the federal tax overhaul. UnitedHealth said Tuesday that it added $1.2 billion in 2017 non-cash earnings, as its fourth-quarter and full-year corporate tax rates were cut. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 440 words, photos.


NEW YORK — No assistants. No wardrobe or make up people. No lighting technicians. That's how Afshin Shahidi spent his most cherished moments with Prince over nearly a decade as his go-to photographer, and he included many of their more intimate encounters among 250 photos in his recent book, "Prince: A Private View." BY Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS — A wireless coverage mapping company says Minneapolis has the signal strength, data speed and reliability to handle the onslaught of service demands that comes with hosting a Super Bowl. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.





EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The results have been mixed over four seasons, but Mike Zimmer's imprint on the Minnesota Vikings has been unmistakable, starting with his disciplined, selfless defense. Resilience, though, might be the biggest influence he's had on the team, having had to wait himself until age 57 to become a head coach. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, by 5 p.m. CST.


ORLANDO, Fla. — The slumping Orlando Magic play host to the surging Minnesota Timberwolves. Orlando has lost seven in a row while Minnesota brings a five-game winning streak into the matchup. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch — his first brunch ever — with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure. The best is yet to come. NBC Sports announced Tuesday it will use Earnhardt in its pregame show before the Super Bowl, then send him to South Korea for the network's coverage of next month's Olympics. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


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