Congress blocks military's campaign to save money Parked around the airstrip at Lackland Air Force Base are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force's bid to retire them. It's not an unfamiliar story.
Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers Senior Army officials warned Tuesday they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped.
Officials: Bomb suspects appear driven by faith The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by their religious faith but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating the severely wounded younger man.
Snowstorm pushes through; snowiest April in Duluth The latest winter storm to sweep across Minnesota dropped as much as 8 inches of snow in northern parts of the state, and 10 inches in northwest Wisconsin. In the Twin Cities, the totals averaged between 2 and 4 inches.
Snow damages Wildcat Sanctuary A no-kill sanctuary for domestic and wild cats in Sandstone is working to repair several cages after last week's snowstorm left up to $100,000 in damage.
Fargo moves cleanup week as flood looms The annual event allows residents to put most items -- large and small -- on the curb for pickup by city garbage crews. It had been scheduled for early May.
New-homes sales rise 1.5 percent in March The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales of new homes increased 1.5 percent. The gain brought the level higher than February's pace of 411,000, though below January's 445,000 -- the fastest pace since July 2008.
Minn. school district gets bulletproof whiteboards A central Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting is getting a new device that officials hope adds another layer of defense should a gunman enter school grounds: bulletproof whiteboards.
Delta posts small 1Q profit; April lags Automatic government spending cuts that took effect last month have been cutting into air travel at some airlines. Delta said demand from last-minute travelers -- a category that can include people flying on government business -- began to fall in the last part of March
Minn. HIV/AIDS cases increased in 2012 More than 10,000 cases have been reported since the health department began tracking HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. About 7,500 Minnesotans are now living with HIV.
ND high court hears decapitation case The North Dakota Supreme Court is considering the appeal of a man serving life in prison for shooting and beheading a North Dakota State University researcher.
Teens better in science than thought American teenagers aren't doing as poorly on international science tests as adults think. Despite the misconceptions, the adults surveyed still don't think the subject should get greater emphasis in schools.
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