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  • In Silicon Valley, immigrants toast their way to the top
    Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking, which can lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.April 19, 2014
  • Police investigate threatening letter in Stoughton
    Police in Stoughton say they are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.April 19, 2014
  • Ukraine calls an Easter truce in clash with militants
    Citing progress in diplomacy and this weekend's Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" that is aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.April 19, 2014
  • Somalis in Kenya are used to raids, but they say this was different
    Friday's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. It was the latest -- and perhaps boldest -- roundup in a series of police sweeps that have caught up thousands of undocumented refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent in recent weeks.April 19, 2014
  • Charges: 19 year-old man kills son's mother, shoots at her father
    Prosecutors say Timothy Scott Hendricks, of St. Paul, shot Michelle Marie Ploetz, 20, as she sat in the backseat of a car next to their 8-month-old son.April 18, 2014
  • Abortion rights foes, supporters stand their ground in Good Friday rallies
    Opponents have been holding the annual Good Friday protest for nearly 30 years. For the past 10 years or so, Planned Parenthood has staged a nearby counter demonstration, to raise money and rally its supporters.April 18, 2014
  • Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law
    U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling on Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.April 18, 2014
  • Heroin sweep nets 65 arrests, 'punch' against cartels, officials say
    Nicknamed Operation Exile, the arrests began early Thursday morning led by a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement officers in seven counties across the state, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said. More arrests and charges are coming, he added.April 18, 2014
  • Woman sentenced for bomb threats
    A federal judge has sentenced a woman to 5-1/2 years in prison for mailing letters threatening to bomb seven post offices in the Twin Cities.April 17, 2014
  • Man alleges excessive force by Roseville police
    Victor Hernandez-Rivera, of Minneapolis, wants at least $500,000 in damages and says he was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and shocked with a stun gun even though he wasn't resisting arrest.April 17, 2014
  • Anoka-Hennepin teachers accept new contract
    Eighty-five percent of the teachers who voted agreed to the deal, which was worked out earlier this month with the district.April 17, 2014
  • Lawyer: Success agaisnt NFL inspiring hockey lawsuits
    In the last week, 12 former players have accused the NHL of promoting fighting and downplaying the risk of head injury. They join 10 other former players who filed a suit back in November seeking compensation for head injuries sustained while they were players. The Minneapolis law firm of Zimmerman Reed is representing three of them.April 17, 2014
  • New details on Christian leader facing 59 charges of criminal sexual conduct
    As the Washington State Patrol joins in the search for the leader of a Christian group charged in Minnesota with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct, a former member of the group's parent organization is shedding new light on 52-year old Victor Barnard.April 17, 2014
  • The new SAT: Less vocabulary, more linear equations
    The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple-choice answer options from five to four.April 16, 2014
  • Archdiocese: Priest returned to ministry following sexual misconduct review
    In November, the Rev. David Barrett went on leave as assistant pastor of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, Minn., for what the archdiocese described as sexual misconduct not involving minors that took place more than a decade ago.April 16, 2014

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