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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Al Franken has issued an explanation and apology in the wake of four women alleging that he had touched them inappropriately. The Minnesota-born former comedian says he is sorry that he's made some women "feel badly." Franken's Thanksgiving Day message ends with a promise to regain constituents' trust, suggesting that no resignation is being contemplated.

SWATARA, Minn. (AP) - Cass County authorities say a 23-year-old man has been killed in a Minnesota snowmobile crash. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the victim in the Thursday crash as Jeremy Gindele of Swatara.

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) - A man accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student while teaching in New York Mills last year has been found not guilty. An Otter Tail County jury acquitted 38-year-old Kris Koll of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a charge that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison. Defense attorney Anthony Bussa says his client is "an innocent man who's wrongfully accused," and that Koll looks forward to restoring his reputation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A top state official involved with developing Minnesota's troubled new $90 million computer system for vehicle licensing is no longer working on the project. The state's information technology department says chief business technology officer Paul Meekin is on a leave of absence. Minnesota Public Radio reached Meekin at his home, but he declined comment. The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System was delayed by years and cost more than double its original budget.

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