Drone aircraft help Grand Forks police fight crime The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people.
Lack of information frustrates relatives of 2 men killed The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and wounding of two Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released new information, but grieving relatives of the dead men say they want to know more about what happened.
'Smart rifle' decides when to shoot, rarely misses A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.
6 confirmed dead in Texas tornadoes A rash of tornadoes hit North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.
Ethan Rutherford's short stories about long trips Short-story writer Ethan Rutherford's tales range from the voyage of a Confederate submarine to a science fiction saga about hunting for whales in the middle of a desert. Each of the stories in his debut collection "The Peripetetic Coffin" involve journeys which seldom end well.
DNR collaring moose calves to study, protect species The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started the second phase of its ambitious study to determine why the state's moose population is declining so rapidly. Last week, they began collaring newborn moose calves.
Ex-archdiocese employee pleads guilty The former head of accounting accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false tax return.
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