Trial of Burnsville man accused of killing biker starts today

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Trial of Burnsville man accused of killing biker starts today

Jamaal Freeman, 23, goes on trial today accused of killing a Minneapolis man with a baseball bat while he was out for a late night bike ride in September 2007. Mark Loesch, 41, was a father of four. He was found dead on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue S. at 7 a.m. that morning.

Five metro schools closed today because of swine flu scares

One Minneapolis school and all schools in Orono are closed today after word of probable cases of swine flu associated with the schools. Emerson Spanish Immersion School in Minneapolis and all four of Orono's schools, which share one campus, will be closed until test results come back on the cases. The worst part: Orono high school students are freaking out because their prom was supposed to be this week. Breaks our hearts.

Swine flu fear leads to cold-hearted churchgoers

The bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud warned Catholic priests in the area that the churches could be a breeding ground for swine flu. In other words, shaking hands, holding hands or drinking from the communion cup is at your own risk. "He told pastors to use discretion in offering Communion and provide hand sanitizer and tissues for worshippers."

N.D. journalist hospitalized due to hunger strike

Imprisoned U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi, 32, was briefly hospitalized after she started refusing water during her hunger strike, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Grisly murder of woman shocks neighbors

Neighbors at the Buena Vista Apartment Homes in Richfield recounted a gruesome murder of a 22-year-old woman in the building's parking lot Saturday night. One woman described her "blood-curdling" scream and others saw the stream of blood and her dropped groceries in the parking lot. No word on the woman's identity. There is a suspect in custody, but no names have been released.