A devastating blast and fire; a search for those missing
Thursday, January 2, 2014
We have complete coverage of the New Year's Day building explosion and aftermath in Minneapolis. Trains are rolling again through Casselton after that derailment and fire. And community health clinics are gearing up for more patients under the health care overhaul.
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The blast and fire that rocked Cedar Riverside Mohamed Jama raced to the building after hearing an explosion. What he found shocked him: Two men lying on the ground after having jumped from their apartment windows to escape the fire.
Photos: Frefighters worked in brutal conditions "When they arrived there were flames shooting 20 feet out of the second and third floor windows," said Fire Chief John Fruetel. Soon, in sub-zero temperatures, they were spraying water that turned to ice.
Community leader: 4 people unaccounted for "Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. But it's not an easy task.
Broken axle found at scene of ND derailment Investigators will be determining whether the axle caused Monday's derailment or whether it broke during the crash. Casselton's mayor joined us on the air to talk about a tragedy narrowly averted.
Minnesota's 'weather whiplash' of 2013 Will our Jekyll and Hyde weather pattern continue, flipping from one extreme to the next? A milder spring than the one we missed in 2013? More tornadoes than the 15 we last year -- the lowest tally in 23 years? Updraft's Paul Huttner weighs in.
New Minneapolis Mayor Hodges sworn in Today's swearing-in will kick off a 10-day tour of the city in which Betsy Hodges will highlight her agenda in areas such as transportation, public safety and "winter tourism."
At Spirit on Lake, gay seniors find safe haven Spirit on Lake, a 46-unit affordable housing complex marketed to older members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community opened in September. It's only the second building of its kind in the United States.
A different kind of health care overhaul rush 'Obamacare' expanded Medicaid and provided some people with premium discounts. As a result, community health centers expect to see a 12 to 15 percent rise in the number of patients this year.
In Colorado, pot smoking is now legal for all Business owners who threw their doors open for shoppers at 8 a.m. are looking for the fledgling industry to generate as much revenue as state officials hope it will. At least 24 pot shops in eight towns opened, after increasing staff and inventory and hiring security.
Dying lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism leaves prison Former defense lawyer Lynne Stewart, 74, is suffering from breast cancer. She was convicted in 2005 of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up landmarks in New York City.
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Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
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