Siemone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a physical 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Maya Moore added 20 points for the Lynx, who pulled away in the second half to increase their lead over the Sparks in the standings to 2½ games.
Residents of Grand Marais are sweeping up dirt and debris after intense storms dumped more than 3 inches of rain along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. The rain caused street flooding in downtown Grand Marais Thursday, but the water has since receded. Some flooded basements are reported.
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West killed between five and 15 people, at least, and left more than 160 others badly injured. Rescue workers are continuing to dig through the debris after the Wednesday evening blast just north of Waco.