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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Man killed in car-bus accident in Blaine

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BLAINE, Minn. -  An 80-year-old man is dead after his car rear-ended a Metro Transit bus last night in Blaine. 

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says three vehicles were involved and the man driving the car that hit the back of the bus died at the scene.  No one else was injured.  The victim's name has not been released.  The crash is still under investigation. 

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MNsure officials were grilled today at the State Capitol by members of the Legislative Oversight Committee about security of private data for Minnesotans who buy their health insurance through the new state-run exchange.  The hearing was scheduled after an employee mistakenly sent Social Security numbers of nearly 16-hundred insurance brokers in an e-mail.  Chief information security officer Chris Buse told the panel the email breech was not an IT issue.  He says data security within the MNsure health insurance exchange is state-of-the-art and will set the bar for the rest of state government.

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Charges are pending against four suspects in a major burglary investigation in northern Minnesota.  The Cass County Sheriff's Office was tipped off by the DNR last week about four suspicious people walking on a trail.  Deputies arrived and located stolen property from several burglaries in the Walker, Backus, Hackensack and Longville areas.  The items included trailers, ATVs, utility vehicles, construction tools and household items.  Another search Saturday in rural Akeley led to the recovery of hundreds of additional stolen items, including a boat.  A man and a woman from Akeley and two Minneapolis women are in custody.     

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Activists plan to protest today outside the Minneapolis Federal Building, demanding an end to an investigation of anti-war and other activists that began with FBI raids three years ago today.  Jess Sundin of Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee, one of the raided activists, says there is "a pervasive attitude amongst government that people are the enemy and that opposing government policies is a security threat.  Sundin says the U-S attorney's office recently gave a strangely-worded statement: that "there are no public criminal cases stemming from the investigation."

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Two of the Twin Cities' top cops are representing the U.S. in the FBI's Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program.  The program was established in 2004 and includes law enforcement teams from the U.S., Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australian, and Canada.  The goal is to improve world-wide response to terrorist acts.  The U.S. team is made up of 12 law enforcement officials, including Minneapolis Police Chief Chief Janee Harteau and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis division Chris Warrener.  Officials say consistent global interaction between law enforcement and intelligence agencies is crucial to stopping terrorist activity.  The program allows participants to share the latest strategies.

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