All aboard: Amtrak returns to downtown St. Paul, but not without challenges Ramsey County, the federal government and other funders spent more than $240 million the past few years to refurbish the train station as a regional transportation hub serving Amtrak, light rail and buses, and the return of passenger rail to downtown St. Paul is being heralded as a major civic event.
Charges: Minnesota man hid Bosnian war crimes Zdenko Jakisa, 45, appeared in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on one count of possessing unlawfully obtained documents. He was ordered detained, and another hearing was set for Monday. He will be appointed a public defender, according to court documents.
Ahead of midterms, GOP resurrects Benghazi Republicans have made Benghazi a central plank of their strategy to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats in November's traditionally low-turnout midterm elections. Twenty months since the attack, Benghazi still revs up the GOP's conservative base.
Surgeon, mom, Republican -- But conservative enough? In Oregon, Monica Wehby is the Senate candidate Republicans have been waiting for: a camera-ready pediatric neurosurgeon, mother of four, in a party that desperately needs to elect more women. Make that a candidate some Republicans have been waiting for.
After 6 decades, 'Jet' magazine decides to go all-digital The transition to the Web has been a rocky one for many legacy publications, but it promises to be especially so for Jet, which almost seems to exist outside of time; any issue could be read months after publication and be no more or less relevant.
Americans split on legal pot, oppose online bets, poll finds Young people also are far more supportive of legalization, with 65 percent of the millennial generation and over half of Gen Xers (56 percent) in favor, compared with fewer than half (48 percent) of baby boomers and around a third (36 percent) of the World War II generation.
Students, teachers turn to Twitter to avoid finals Across the Twitterverse this week, high school and college kids are making deals with their professors and teachers, who are supposed to be in the business of educating students. The students approach the teachers to get them to let the kid out of finals if the kid gets people to retweet the announcement on Twitter.
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