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Target's latest data breach problem; Cassim recounts his ordeal; 'Her,' smartphones and the Cube Critics

Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Target: Data breach now involves at least 70 million people
    The company says the data is believed to be only partial records for the customers involved, but the number is nearly twice as many as the 40 million customers initially believed to be affected by the breach.
  • Out of Dubai prison and home, Shezanne Cassim describes his ordeal
    Cassim was arrested in April for posting a satirical video on YouTube about youth culture in Dubai. After intervention by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the State Department, Emirati officials deported the 29-year-old man back to Minnesota.
  • Online lottery tickets could go on sale soon
    Minnesota would be the first state in the country to offer the games online. Opponents are reacted with alarm, saying the online games aren't legal under the state constitutional amendment that authorized the lottery in 1988.
  • Resurrecting an ancient creature
    Scientists in Oklahoma have managed to hatch the eggs of a creature that lived in South Center Lake hundreds of years ago.The eggs belong to a tiny shrimp-like animal called a water flea.
  • Weather wimps?
    Monday morning's breathtaking -- and much ballyhooed -- polar vortex didn't break any records, and ranked 55th on the coldest-day list for the Lower 48, pretty much a case of "weather meh."
  • 'Polar vortex' may have cost economy about $5B
    Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion.
  • Northern lights: Were we robbed?
    After meteorologists predicted a spectacular northern lights display, many Minnesotans pried themselves off their couches last night and headed out to check it out. But the reports we're seeing from social media are that clouds got in the way.
  • Minneapolis Fed president: Economy's looking up
    Narayana Kocherlakota spoke about the future of the U.S. economy at a public forum last night. He's a voting member of the Fed's powerful Open Market Committee.
  • Legislative auditor: MNsure's a 'top priority'
    In testimony to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday, Jim Nobles said he plans at least two investigations into the state's new online health insurance marketplace.
  • Hospitals ask flu-stricken visitors to stay away
    New restrictions on potential visitors who think they might have the flu or have been in close contact with someone who is sick are a permanent change that will likely occur each season, and will last until flu is no longer considered a significant threat.
  • Is there a doctor in the house?
    Tens of thousands of new patients are expected to flood hospitals in Minnesota over the next decade Meanwhile, close to half of the state's physicians will be old enough to retire within a decade.
  • Plan to ship oil across Lake Superior hits snag
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has rejected an application by Calumet Specialty Products to repair a loading dock in Superior, Wis., where the company had proposed loading oil on to ships that would travel to eastern refineries.
  • Record sentence for sex trafficker
    The sentence of Otis Washington, the longest imposed on a sex-trafficking defendant in state history, sends a message, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said.
  • House panel to take up issue of copper-nickel mining cleanups
    The Feb. 11 hearing will take place during the public comment period for PolyMet's proposed mine and processing facility near Hoyt Lakes.
  • Art Hounds: Silfra, Ruben Nusz, and a premier accordion orchestra
    This week: muted minimalist soundscapes, art that simultaneously shocks, pleases and tricks the eye, and accordion music the way dancers like it.
  • 'Her," two Cube Critics and a pair of smartphones
    Can a story about a man falling in love with an operating system be touching? Yes, it can, director Spike Jonze proves with "Her."

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