Deadline Friday for Mpls. teachers' contract vote Negotiators for the district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers struck a deal earlier this month, setting the stage for the vote. If the contract is ratified by teachers, the school board will vote on the agreement April 8.March 24, 2014
Nursing homes turn to iPods to help residents A Wisconsin program employs iPods with personalized playlists to rekindle residents' memories with familiar music, as well as lift their spirits and improve their interaction with family members, other residents and staffers.March 24, 2014
Petition asks Obama to pardon Dakota 38 A Mankato City Council member is seeking a presidential pardon for the 38 Dakota men hanged in a mass execution at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.March 24, 2014
Group gets anti-discrimination enforcement powers The Human Rights Commission in Rapid City has been granted the power to issue subpoenas, cross-examine witnesses and order remedies should it believe someone has been the victim of discrimination in the city.March 23, 2014
Bin Laden associates show no remorse in statements In public statements a week apart, al-Qaida's self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind and a Kuwaiti imam who met with Osama bin Laden in a cave soon after the attacks once again demonstrated that time hasn't softened their anti-American views.March 22, 2014
Russia-US tensions could stall Syrian chemical weapons removal As U.S.-Russian relations sour, some observers fear the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal might stall.
This past week, the removal of chemicals from Syria reached the halfway mark. Without pressure from both superpowers, however, some believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will begin to drag his feet.March 22, 2014