When weather turns foul, so do moods online Researchers analyzed millions of Facebook posts over the course of three years to gauge how moods traveled across social networks. "We were literally trying to answer the question: If it rains on your friend in Los Angeles, does it make you a little less happy in New York?" says James Fowler, the lead researcher.March 13, 2014
Hiawatha Ave. reopened after gas leak Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis was closed this evening after a natural gas leak. Employees at ADM Milling on Hiawatha were evacuated.March 12, 2014
Europe makes a stink about American cheese As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.March 12, 2014
Watch this Wild homecoming for a soldier At Xcel Center on Tuesday night, Jamie Jenn of Crystal thought she was taking part in an intermission contest, guessing what player Erik Haula said was the biggest surprise in Minnesota. It turned out to be her husband, Nick, who's been stationed in Kuwait.March 12, 2014
Dallas Seavey wins second Iditarod race Seavey, 27, was victorious in the iconic dog sled race for a second time, slipping under the famed burled arch in Nome, Alaska, the finish line for the 1,000-mile-long trail.March 11, 2014
Vicious 22-pound pet cat traps Oregon couple Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the incident.March 11, 2014
How bouncer Eric Wasson became a hero The Saint Paul police have honored Eric Wasson, the bouncer who stopped a man who walked into a bar with a gun last fall. Wasson, a former college football player, rushed the gunman and disarmed him without being shot, even though the gun went off twice.March 11, 2014
Stars' Peverley collapses on bench; game vs. Blue Jackets called off Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp. The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem. But his biggest scare came Monday night.March 11, 2014
Assessing playoff chances for Minnesota teams The Minnesota Wild lost to St. Louis in a shootout Sunday night by a score of 3-2. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost at home to Toronto 111-104. And the University of Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team beat Penn State 81-63. The Gopher women's basketball team won just one game in its conference tournament.
As the regular seasons wind down, our local hockey and basketball teams are all looking to secure a spot in the post season.
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.March 10, 2014