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Appeal planned in dismissal of school plot charges

WASECA, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors say they plan to appeal the dismissal of six charges against a 17-year-old boy accused of plotting to kill his family and attack his southern Minnesota high school.

The teen appeared in a Waseca County courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on whether he should be sent to adult court. The Star Tribune ( ) says the hearing was postponed while prosecutors appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and attempted damage to property charges.

A judge Monday dismissed those charges, but let stand six counts of possessing explosives.

The teen was arrested in April after bomb-making materials were found in a storage locker in Waseca, 70 miles south of Minneapolis.

Police say they also found guns, explosives and a journal that outlined a plan to kill his family and fellow students.


Lawyers argue whether Crystal CEO should testify

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a lawsuit filed by sugar groups because he's not involved in litigation.

Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the long-running suit filed by sugar producers over claims by corn syrup marketers that sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are nutritionally the same.

Berg's lawyer, David Bunde, said during a hearing Wednesday that American Crystal opted out of the suit because Berg preferred the issue be debated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Bunde said Berg has no relevant information in the case and other officials are better suited to testify.

Corn syrup lawyer Cornelius Murphy says Berg is a bystander and therefore has less bias than other sugar executives.


Honour ad: GOP governor rivals 'making excuses'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Business executive Scott Honour stresses the outsider theme in a new radio ad that accuses his Republican primary rivals of "making excuses" and "empty promises."

The minute-long spot marks a sharper tone in a primary campaign that has been tame so far. Honour is angling for the GOP nomination to face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. He is up against Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers in an Aug. 12 primary.

Honour's campaign says it will spend more than $40,000 to air the ad statewide.

The first-time candidate says he has the most-aggressive stances on dismantling Minnesota's health insurance exchange and cutting spending. He also says he'll block federal officials from placing immigrant children in the state pending status hearings.


Hearing delayed for Rock Island man in murder case

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois judge has postponed a preliminary hearing for a Rock Island man charged in the slaying of his former girlfriend.

The Rock Island Argus ( reports that the judge on Tuesday ordered the hearing for 39-year-old Timothy McVay be held Aug. 12. That will give defense attorneys two weeks to examine documents that detail the investigation.

McVay is charged with murder in the death of 29-year-old Carrie Olson. Olson was reported missing when she didn't come to her job in Davenport, Iowa, on Dec. 30.

Olson's body was discovered in a Minnesota field three months later. McVay was arrested this month at his job in the Illinois community of Silvis after a joint investigation by police in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

He remains in custody.


Minnesota robbery suspect arrested in Georgia

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota officials say a man accused of robbing a Ramsey County pawnshop at gunpoint is in custody in Georgia.

Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) 24-year-old Marvin Lee Clinton Spencer was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. Police say Spencer and his father stole about $200,000 in jewelry from a Pawn America on July 21.

Police haven't found Spencer's father, who is charged via a warrant with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police say Spencer was arrested in Doraville, Georgia, after a hotel patron overheard him discussing the robbery. Rosand says he'll likely be extradited to Minnesota.

Online jail records didn't list an attorney.


Fargo hospital apologizes for patient info breach

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Essentia Health in Fargo has apologized for giving the names and mailing addresses of hundreds of patients to a private marketing company.

The breach came to light in June when about 430 patients received a letter inviting them to a seminar for people with lower back pain. At least one woman complained, and Essentia last week sent out letters acknowledging the breach and apologizing.

Essentia says no patient medical information was involved. WDAY-TV reports ( ) that officials issued a statement saying Essentia takes patient privacy seriously and goes to great lengths to protect patient health information.

Essentia also says it did not sell the names and addresses, and that the marketing company has returned the information.

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