MPR News Update for Dec. 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
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- Vikings raking in the cash from stadium fees
The Minnesota Vikings have sold more than 30,000 seat licenses to fans for more than $80 million. The team aims to sell $100 million in seat licenses for construction costs. | Stadium Watch
- A holiday yarn: Creating the Christmas sweater
Volunteer Darlissa McDonald says, "I'm just trying to Christmas you up!" She's the master of turning cast-off sweaters into wearable celebrations.
- Joe Cocker dies at 70
Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died at age 70.
- A look back in time: Tall ships on tap for Duluth in 2016
Organizers have high hopes for the next festival and expect to bring a dozen iconic sailing ships. | Photos: Iconic sailing ships
- North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages
It's not clear if the Internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI last week linked to North Korea.
- Minnesota ranchers want wolves off endangered list
Livestock producers can ask state or federal authorities to kill any wolves threatening their animals but cannot take action on their own unless a wolf is threatening human life.
- Twin Cities police departments react to NYPD killings
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said there are "heightened states of awareness" about officer safety, but the department's message to officers is to focus on public safety.
- Pope blasts church bureaucracy, lists 15 'ailments of the Curia'
Pope Francis included 'working too hard,' committing the 'terrorism of gossip' and 'becoming spiritually hardened' on his list, saying church leaders suffer from 'spiritual Alzheimer's.'
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