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A new battle in the heroin fight; details on a child's drowning; feeling minimum wage pressure; 'bee safe' plants

Friday, April 18, 2014

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  • United States Attorney Andrew LugerA 'punch' against the cartels
    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.
  • Abdullahi Charif, 12Details on Abdullahi Charif's drowning
    The seventh-grader at St. Louis Park Middle School, was removed from life support on March 1, two days after his gym teacher pulled him from the bottom of the 9-foot-deep end of a pool.
  • The Woof RoomMinimum wage hike stirs worry
    The costs are real and documented in economic literature. But not many economists believe the downsides to raising the minimum wage exceed the benefits. Still, some business owners worry.
  • Bee-friendly plants'Bee safe' plants generate a buzz
    Gardeners shopping for plants this spring at Bachman's nurseries will find some new signs in the soil. The company will begin telling customers which of its plants are safe for bees.
  • Todd Hoffner shakes hands with player.Mankato football players say they'll play for Hoffner
    The players said they wanted better communication between team, the coaches and administration about changes in the coaching situation after a once-fired coach returned to his old job.
  • T.C. shovels snow off the Twins dugoutMaybe Target Field should have had a roof
    Last night's temperature at Target Field at game time was 31 degrees, the coldest temperature ever recorded at the start of a game at the stadium. Good times for the announced crowd of 20,698, most of whom weren't actually there.
  • Federal judge strikes part of Minn. energy law; Minnesota to appeal
    Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act, which passed in 2007 with bipartisan support, says in part that utilities may not import additional coal-generated electricity into the state unless they offset the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Paul StastnyAvalanche leave Wild gasping in overtime
    The Wild spent the final period trying to play a prevent defense, not allowing the Avalanche to take advantage of their quickness. But it wasn't enough as Colorado beat Minnesota 5-4 in overtime.
  • General MillsSuing General Mills? Don't be 'friends' first
    General Mills is trying to force consumer safety and other disputes about the company's products into binding arbitration, a policy that consumer advocates find most distasteful.
  • Minnesota tourism office launches $3.7M campaign
    Minnesota is hitting the airwaves in 12 states and two Canadian provinces to try to lure more visitors to Minnesota.
  • Obama: Affordable Care Act enrollment hits 8 million
    His political opponents may not like the Affordable Care Act. But, "This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.
  • Gabriel Garcia MarquezNobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87
    Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, he achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Twain and Dickens.
  • Hundreds remain missing as South Korean ferry sinks
    The overturned South Korean ship's keel, which had been floating just above the surface of the water, disappeared below the waves at day's end. Officials were trying to determine how best to deploy cranes, which are now at the scene, in an effort to raise the ferry.
  • Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant
    She announced Thursday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child, also a first grandchild for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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