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MINNEAPOLIS — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from traveling to Afghanistan, she sat down with FBI agents in September and gave a frank interview, allegedly telling them she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. Four months later, she was arrested for allegedly setting nine fires in an ill-conceived attack on a St. Paul college campus. Like the Boston Marathon bombing, Orlando nightclub shooting and Wednesday's mass killing at a Florida high school, Hassan's case highlights how difficult it can be for authorities to identify those who might carry out an attack from the thousands of terrorism-related tips they receive. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2 p.m.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday with a long list of work, and not much time to tackle it. The Legislature will discuss big-time tax code revisions, opioid abuse prevention efforts and possible constitutional amendments on the November ballot. By Kyle Potter. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.



MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis business is providing patrons with a place to sip coffee and play with rescue cats that are up for adoption. The Cafe Meow opened Feb. 16, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The cafe is divided into two areas: a coffee shop on one side and the cat lounge on the other side.

AP Photos MNMPR103-0213181429, MNMPR101-0213181205, MNMPR102-0213181433.


WAITE PARK, Minn. — A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live. Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April, The St. Cloud Times reported.

AP Photos MNCLO101-0212181309, MNCLO103-0212181317.


WINONA, Minn. — A woman is working to prove that her Minnesota town was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Carol Jefferson has spent the past four years trying to prove a point that still eludes her grasp: that runaway slaves once passed through Winona with the help of local abolitionists, making the city part of the Underground Railroad. Jefferson, 69, taught ecology at Winona State University for three decades, transitioning to Underground Railroad research when she was laid up with a broken ankle in 2014. By Kyle Farris, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 979 words, photo.


MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota ice maker will be making ice at this year's Winter Olympics. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota's lead ice maker, doesn't like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice. Stirn is one of just 16 ice makers worldwide selected to work for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He will spend February making and maintaining the world's highest-quality hockey ice for the world's best athletes. By Rilyn Eischens, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,308 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Team Steph vs. Team LeBron has replaced the Eastern Conference-Western Conference matchup in the NBA All-Star Game. The league wanted to spice up its annual showcase event so it had Steph Curry and LeBron James "pick" teams for Sunday's game. Greg Beacham/Bernie Wilson UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET


LOS ANGELES — Commissioner Adam Silver delivers his annual state of the NBA address. Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Address begins at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The women's committee nominated former WNBA stars Becky Hammon, now a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, as well as Tina Thompson and Katie Smith. The 2018 finalists will be announced Saturday. By Dan Greenspan. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Developing from 1 p.m. ET announcement


LOS ANGELES — Larry Nance Jr. will take off in the annual dunk contest while Klay Thompson will try to regain his title in the three-point shooting competition at the skills competitions during NBA All-Star weekend. Bernie Wilson/Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Competition starts at 8 p.m. ET



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