Deaths ruled murder-suicide

NEW BRIGHTON (AP) — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the deaths of two people in New Brighton a murder-suicide.

Police were called to an apartment complex Saturday after receiving a report of a man with a gun and the sound of gunfire. Officers found the body of 34-year-old Mainhia Yang in an apartment with a gunshot to the head.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says investigators found the body of her husband, 51-year-old Ge Yang, in an unattached garage on the property. Investigators say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted with the investigation.

In St. Paul: 3 fatal shootings

ST. PAUL (AP) — Police say a good Samaritan trying to help people following a car crash was one of three people fatally shot in St. Paul in an eight-hour time span.

The 31-year-old man was shot in the head in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 10 p.m. Monday. A 27-year-old driver was detained.

Police spokesman Steve Linders says investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was connected with two others Monday and early Tuesday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports an 18-year-old was fatally shot about 4:30 p.m. Monday on the city’s North End. And, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday a 27-year-old man was shot and later died at Regions Hospital. Linders says the man was in a vehicle with another person when someone in another vehicle began firing at them. Police are working to determine a motive.

Target ups holiday hiring by 4%

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is hiring more than 130,000 people ahead of the critical holiday season, up more than 4% from last year.

The retailer is increasing by two-fold the number hires dedicated to handling online orders from stores.

Retailers will likely have a tough time attracting holiday help again this year. Unemployment is near a 50-year low, and people can be pickier about where they work.

That has made hiring even more expensive for Target Corp. In addition to competing with other companies for workers, Target is trying to improve the experience of shopping in its stores, partly through better-paid workers.

All seasonal workers will receive a starting salary of $13 per hour after Target raised its minimum wage in June. Its goal is to pay a $15 minimum hourly wage by the end of next year.

The Minneapolis company said it will hold hiring events at all its 1,800 stores on Oct. 11 to 13, and again from Nov. 2 to 3.

UPS said it plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers, about the same amount as last year.