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Mr. Baker took the oath of office shortly before noon Monday and announced an overhaul of county government less than an hour later. Police Chief Roberto Hylton and Fire Chief Eugene Jones were relieved of their duties.

Mark Magaw, the police department’s deputy chief for strategic management, will replace Chief Hylton on an interim basis.

Marc Bashoor will serve as interim fire chief. He retired from the department in 2005 as deputy chief of operations after 23 years as a county firefighter.

Mr. Baker also replaced the county’s directors of finance, environmental resources, management and budget and housing and community development.

He had promised major changes in the wake of the corruption charges against his predecessor, Jack Johnson.


Discover sued over credit card charges

ST. PAUL | Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing Discover over allegations that the credit card company charged customers for unauthorized account protection programs such as credit score tracking and identity theft protection.

Ms. Swanson filed a lawsuit Monday in Hennepin County District Court against Discover Bank, DFS Services and parent company Discover Financial Services. Discover is one of the nation’s largest credit card companies.

The lawsuit alleges that customers were charged for programs such as wallet protection and payment protection after getting what they thought were courtesy calls from Discover. Ms. Swanson said Discover failed to get informed consent for the charges.

Discover spokesman Matthew Towson declined to comment on Ms. Swanson’s lawsuit, but he said the protection products give many Discover customers peace of mind.


Germany doubles aid to Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK | The German government has agreed to double the money it provides to a New York-based organization for the at-home care of victims of the Holocaust around the world.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany announced Monday that the money will grow to $146 million worldwide for 2011.

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