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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Baby shooting in Minneapolis ruled accidental

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police now say the shooting of a two-month old baby last night was accidental, but the father apparently lied about what actually happened. 

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When officers arrived they found the infant had a gunshot wound to the neck, and the baby's father told investigators it happened outside of the home.  Further investigation found the baby's teenaged uncle accidentally discharged a gun inside the house, hitting the baby.  Police say the teen ran off after the shooting and they are working to find him.  The baby is listed in critical condition.

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A Belle Plaine man suffered serious injuries when a semi collided with his street sweeper Thursday on Highway 60 west of Lake Crystal  The State Patrol says the sweeper, driven by 53-year-old Thomas Cody, rolled into the median after the collision.  Cody was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester for treatment.  The semi driver wasn't hurt.  The crash closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 60 for several hours. 

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The use of e-cigarettes has doubled among teens, rising from 4.7 percent of high school students in 2011 to 10-percent in 2012.  Bob Moffitt with the American Lung Association of Minnesota says the data is alarming.  Moffitt says there's not a lot known about health effects of e-cigarettes and they're largely unregulated.  Many anti-tobacco groups warn e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking because nicotine is so highly-addictive.  E-cigarettes are battery powered and deliver doses of nicotine through an aerosol vapor

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