Audio: Michele Bachmann, in her own words Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments.
Fact checkers mourn Bachmann's announcement One group of journalists, the fact checkers, has temporarily shed its cloak of impartiality to openly mourn Michele Bachmann's announcement that she's stepping down from Congress at the end of this term.
First lawsuit filed under new sex abuse law The lawsuit, on behalf of an unnamed 51-year-old man, accuses the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of negligence for allowing a known pedophile to continue working with children for years.
Mike McFadden steps up against Sen. Franken Minnesota business executive Mike McFadden announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He is the first GOP candidate to announce he will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken.
Well water health risks prompt state action A contaminant found in well water in three east metro communities could be a bigger health risk than previously thought, leading state officials to install more filters to protect residents' drinking water.
Higher ed systems in 10 states turn to Coursera The movement of "Massive Open Online Courses," which began with elite universities making their courses available online to the masses, is rapidly moving into the trenches of public higher education.
Wealthy win lion's share of major tax breaks Wealthier households benefit significantly more than lower earners from big tax breaks such as deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving, the government said in a study Wednesday.
US jobless aid applications tick up The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Still, the level of applications is consistent with steady hiring and remains near a five-year low.
Verso Paper mill contents to be auctioned Fork trucks, hydraulic shears, excavators -- everything must go. Thousands of tools, machines, supplies, vehicles and equipment from the former plant will be sold by AIM Development at an upcoming auction.
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