Southwest LRT derails Maple Plain, Mpls. projects A $2 million state grant to the Southwest Light Rail project came at the expense of downtown development in Maple Plain and athletic facilities at Minneapolis Public Schools, according to documents.
Target hack sparks move away from magnetic stripes The credit and debit card data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus compromised more than 70 million American consumers, and analysts say . That's because the technology we use to swipe for our purchases -- magnetic stripes on the backs of cards -- isn't hard for a skilled fraudster to hack.
Potential carcinogen in colas has FDA reviewing data 4-methylimidazole -- or 4-MEI for short, is found in the caramel color that soda makers use to dye the drinks brown. While the federal government has no limits on 4-MEI, California law says that people should not consume more than 29 mg of the compound per day.
Minn. curler unworried about security in Sochi MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of those participants, Jessica Schultz, a physical therapist in Richfield. She is one of two Minnesotans on the U.S. Olympic women's curling team.
Keystone XL backers bolstered by oil train risk report U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil.
Woman charged in husband's overdose death A criminal complaint filed in Washington County says 44-year-old Jennifer Marie Johnson told police she filled up a syringe and gave her husband 30 to 40 milligrams of her methadone after he had consumed some beer in March of last year.
No sign of missing fisherman in Shakopee Bruce Lindquist says his 37-year-old son, Eric, walked from their townhome Tuesday evening with his auger and fishing gear to his favorite fishing spot along the river in Veterans Memorial Park.
A rat-infested ghost ship might be heading for the U.K. No, it's not the plot for a new horror film. The 300-foot cruise liner Lyubov Orlova, which has been drifting, crewless, around the North Atlantic for nearly a year since it snapped its towline en route to the scrapyard, might be moving east toward the English coast.
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