St. Croix bridge construction underway Community members joined local officials and members of Congress, many whom cited the bridge as one of the few signs of bipartisanship to come out of Washington in recent years.
Target works to win loyalty of Hispanics Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. Large retailers like Target are working hard to win the loyalty and purchasing power of those more than 50 million consumers.
Tax overhaul: Looking to IRS scandal for momentum The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws -- a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.
Interactive: Biggest federal tax breaks Members of Congress from both political parties say the current uproar -- over the targeting of conservative political groups -- underscores that overly complex tax provisions have given the IRS too much discretion in interpreting and enforcing the law.
Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent in 1960.
Minn. child care union fight shifts to court A group of in-home child care providers and a conservative group plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at stopping a new law that allows state subsidized child care providers and personal care workers to unionize. Gov. Dayton signed the bill into law last week after a contentious debate in the Legislature.
Spelling Bee opens with 'glasnost' The National Spelling Bee opened with "glasnost" and was soon followed by "perestroika" - a fascinating choice of words for a group of youngsters born long after the heyday of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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