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Minnesota Artist Honors US Military with Paintings

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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Little Falls artist is honoring the U.S. military with paintings depicting each branch of the service. In 2009, the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association hired Charles Kapsner to create five 8-by-10-foot oil paintings. Kapsner already has finished paintings of the Army and the Navy. On Saturday, he unveiled his latest work, focusing on the Coast Guard, at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Committal Ha... more

Soldier Rescues Stray Iraq Pup

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Dracut, MA native Chris Smith had a few choice words for the ISIS fighters he has battled for the past six months after he returned home last night from his wild adventure on the front lines in Iraq -- the barbaric group is a "sinking ship." "They are not going to be around long. The biggest threat I think is more here and in Europe with the migration crisis. Now they are splintering out everywhere," he said. As for being held in customs for... more

Former Groton Sailors Talk Submarines in Podcast

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On Saturdays around midnight on the East Coast, and usually over a glass of scotch or something else, Josh Toth and Walter Lyon shoot the breeze. The former Navy divers, who were last assigned to the USS Toledo, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, now live on separate coasts but have started a weekly podcast called "Diver Tough," made up of their recorded Skype conversations. They largely talk about their silent service days, but their top... more

Bowser Beer Helps Dogs Beat the Heat

Now man's best friend can be your best drinking buddy. Bowser Beer, America's first beer for dogs, is cooling collies and hydrating hounds in Minnesota. You don't even have to check IDs -- what's the legal drinking age in dog years? -- because it has no alcohol. "It's for the celebration of the dog days of summer," said Derrick Kunes, interim marketing manager for Axel's Bonfire restaurants. Kunes gave away samples of the doggie-brew last ... more

Capone: 'I Value My Life Too Much' to Rat

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Prohibition-era American gangster Al Capone once said in a signed deposition he valued his life too much to tell police if he knew who tried to kill his mentor. The Jan. 24, 1925, deposition, to be auctioned next month as part of an "American Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawman" collection, is signed by "Alphonse Capone" on each of its four pages. The deposition was about the attempted assassination of Capone mentor John "Papa Johnny" Torrio, who ... more

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