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  • After crash, orphaned toddler, grandma reunited
    The toddler wasn't seriously hurt when a car driven by his father, Wilbur Hooks, slammed into the back of a semi on Interstate 694 near Fridley last Friday night.April 8, 2014
  • Railroads lay out safety campaign after deaths rise in 2013
    At this time last year, the railroads were proudly calling 2012 their safest year ever as derailments and crossing accidents kept declining. But last year, the number of trespassing deaths rose by 47, or 11 percent, to 476, and the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly 8 percent to 250.April 8, 2014
  • Minnesota father and son missing in Colorado
    Alpine Rescue Team spokesman Bill Barwick said Monday searchers are not sure the father and son are equipped for wintry conditions in the Rocky Mountains. The two men left for a camping trip on Wednesday and were due back on Sunday.April 7, 2014
  • Possible signals from lost jet heard
    Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday, dubbing it "a most promising lead" in the month-long hunt for the vanished plane.April 7, 2014
  • Sick baby transferred from sailboat to warship
    Navy sailors have rescued a family with a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and are now en route to San Diego.April 6, 2014
  • Speeding preceded collision that orphaned boy, 1
    Minnesota troopers say a 1-year-old boy has been orphaned after his father allegedly sped more than 100 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a semi truck in Fridley.April 6, 2014
  • Unclear Washington landslide lawsuits could win
    The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the "potential for a large catastrophic failure" of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another noted plainly that it "poses a significant risk to human lives and private property."April 5, 2014
  • Company fined for ballpark worker's death
    OSHA cited Rachel Contracting for three serious safety violations at the St. Paul Saints stadium site where backhoe operator Johnny Valek, of Plymouth, Minn., died in September.April 2, 2014
  • Chile lifts tsunami warning after quake kills 6
    Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation's northern coast.April 2, 2014
  • Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile
    A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.April 1, 2014
  • One injured after apparent explosion in St. Louis Park
    Neighbors said they heard two loud explosions prior to the fire. St. Louis Park Fire Chief Steve Koering said there were oxygen tanks in the home, but it's not yet clear what caused the fire.March 31, 2014
  • GM recall: Many victims were young drivers
    The faulty ignition switches behind the recall can shut off the engine while the car is in motion. When that happens, power-assisted steering and power brakes are lost, and the air bags won't inflate in a crash. In such a situation, inexperienced drivers are more likely to panic and be overwhelmed by the extra effort needed to control the car, safety experts say.March 31, 2014
  • 4.8 quake shakes Yellowstone National Park
    A 4.8 earthquake shook the northern part of Yellowstone National Park early Sunday.March 30, 2014
  • 1 person dies after St. Paul fire
    Two people were hospitalized after an early morning fire broke out at a home in St. Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood.March 30, 2014
  • No national system to track landslide hazards
    The U.S. Geological Survey doesn't track or inventory slide areas on a national scale, despite an ambitious plan to do so more than a decade ago when Congress directed it to come up with a national strategy to reduce landslide losses.March 30, 2014

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