Daily Digest: Aid workers rescued, Apple profits soar, For the Love of Kevin

John Hageman

-Two kidnapped aid workers were rescued by U.S. special forces in Somalia early Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. An American, 32-year-old Jessica Buchanan, and 60-year-old Poul Hagen Thisted of Denmark, were abducted by a group of pirates hoping to trade them for ransom, according to U.S. officials. The Navy SEALS who conducted the raid is the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

-If you thought Apple Inc. wasn’t a huge company already, it appears it still has room to grow. The company announced Tuesday that it posted a profit of $13.1 billion in the first quarter of 2012, which was almost equal to its revenue in fourth quarter 2010, according to TechCrunch. That profit is almost twice as much as it reported a year ago. Apple is also selling more iPads, iPhones and Mac computers, but fewer iPods, according to the Los Angeles Times. The company is projecting  $32.5 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2012.

-If the Minnesota Timberwolves don’t want star forward Kevin Love to become a free agent in the summer, they need to make a deal by tonight. Love, who is in his fourth year in the NBA, has been a consistent force in the Wolves’ turnaround this season. He is in the top five in the league for both rebounds per game and points per game, and has 16 double-doubles in 17 games. His rebounding prowess is matched with another unique skill among big men: His ability to shoot the three (As in Friday’s buzzer-beater against the Clippers.) If a deal isn’t reached by 11 p.m. Wednesday, Love will become a restricted free agent, meaning he could choose to sign elsewhere on July 1, but the Wolves could match the offer, according to the Star Tribune. But fear not Wolfpack, the Pioneer Press reports that Love is expected to sign a four-year $62 million contract today.