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Federal judge rejects ‘combatant immunity’ motion for ISIL defendants

Karen Zamora at the Star Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has rejected the motion by attorneys for five Twin Cities men accused of conspiring to join terrorists in Syria to drop murder conspiracy charges on grounds that they have “combatant immunity.” Davis: “Even if that were true, that ISIL has become more than a terrorist organization, the fact remains that ISIL is a designated a foreign terrorist organization and defendants are charged in the Indictment with conspiring with ISIL to commit murder in the context of terrorist activities. Under these circumstances, combatant immunity does not apply.”

The Associated Press has a story on a Roseville man fatally shot by police after the man attacked a police dog accompanying the officers responding to a disturbance call: “The chief says the 52-year-old man was found hiding in a closet with a large knife. Mathwig says the man made a stabbing motion, striking the dog in the jaw. That’s when officers opened fire, killing the man. … The police dog was treated at a veterinary hospital and is expected to be OK.

Jaime DeLage at the Pioneer Press covered Wednesday night’s community meeting regarding Oliver Dority, only the fourth person ever to be provisionally released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and his move to the Summit Hill neighborhood in St. Paul: “Dority will be staying in a halfway house that is staffed 24 hours a day and will be electronically monitored around the clock. He’ll have a reintegration specialist by his side when he’s in the community. If he ever strays from his schedule, his GPS coordinates will be transmitted to Human Services immediately, officials at the meeting said.”

Dan Browning at the Star Tribune notes a Cooperative Disability Investigations office will open in St. Paul, join 36 others across 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to sniff out those attempting to defraud the government out of disabilities benefits.

Tragic news. The Forum News Service reports Officer Jason Moszer, shot by a suspect in a standoff with police at a north Fargo residence, is not expected to survive his injuries: “What initially began with a report of a domestic disturbance at 308 9th Ave. N. about 7 p.m. escalated quickly. The armed man holed up in the north Fargo home opened fire on officers and continued to unleash bursts of gunfire in a residential neighborhood as authorities tried to negotiate with him, police said.” The suspected shooter died from either gunfire from police or by suicide.

Thumbs down. Sophie Kerman at Minnesota Playlist discusses the gender imbalance among Twin Cities theater critics: “In the Twin Cities, when you make the choice to get your information from a critic or a blogger, you’re also choosing whether you want to read a review by a man or a woman.”

In other news…

Break out the cranberries and mashed potatoes: Rowdy turkeys blow a transformer, cause mayhem in Fargo. [Grand Forks Herald]

St. Paul’s East Side Lunds & Byerlys is closing. [Pioneer Press]

St. Cloud cat returns home after two years on the street. [St. Cloud Times]

The future of the underground physics lab at the Soudan Underground Mine is now an open question. [Timberjay]

Driver killed in crash through I-394 freeway wall in Minnetonka. [Pioneer Press]

Efforts to designate an area around Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore as a national marine sanctuary move forward. [Duluth News Tribune]

Maybe Marilyn Hagerty has advice for him: The Twin Cities turkey sandwich critic and the comedian who won’t stop tormenting him. [City Pages]

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