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Minneapolis man accused of kidnappings in Somalia to appear in federal court

Plus: Minneapolis man who raped daughters sentenced to 30 years in prison; U of MN’s Confucius Institute to close; Minneapolis opera composer Dominick Argento dies; and more.

Abdi Yusuf Hassan
Sherburne County Jail
Abdi Yusuf Hassan
Today in federal court. WCCO reports: “A Minneapolis man is due in federal court Thursday morning, accused of acts of kidnapping and keeping hostages for ransom in Somalia, including an American freelance journalist in 2012. … In an indictment filed in New York in late January and unsealed Thursday, Abdi Yusuf Hassan is charged with kidnapping conspiracy, kidnapping, hostage-taking conspiracy, hostage taking, unlawful use of firearms and firearms conspiracy in a time period from January 2012 through September 2014.”

In other legal news. MPR’s Brandt Williams reports: “The twin daughters of Jerry Curry lashed out at their abuser Wednesday in written statements read aloud in a Hennepin County courtroom. … ‘He hurt, used and abused us,’ read a court official from a statement. ‘He hit us with a bat. I hope he never gets out of jail.’ … Curry was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape, assault and child endangerment. Six other felony charges were dropped as a part of his plea agreement. Both daughters, now 22, have disabilities. A third, younger daughter lived in the home at the time.”

Change at the U. The Minnesota Daily’s Helen Sabrowsky reports: “The University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute — part of a controversial web of Chinese-backed institutes hosted at universities across the U.S. — will close at the end of the semester. … University administrators say the closure was due to shifting priorities and new federal policy.”

A big loss. At Slipped Disc, Norman Lebrecht writes: “The prolific, notably successful opera composer Dominick Argento died on Wednesday in Minneapolis, where he lived for six decades. … The son of Sicilian immigrants, he refused to toe the line of 12-note music and wrote long, lyrical lines. His operas – among them Postcard from Morocco, Miss Havisham’s Fire and The Aspern Papers – were widely published and performed.”

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