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The icebergs of June, saying 'I do' in Wisconsin, and a new scam aimed at Target, Walmart customers

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Photo: The June icebergs roaming Lake Superior
    You can see why the ice is in no hurry to melt given water temps still lingering in the frigid 30s on the big lake. But still, June? This really is the winter that won't let go.
  • Wisconsin county clerks say 'I do' to gay couples
    After a federal judge Monday refused to temporarily halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin, and the state plans a court challenge, same-sex couples in many counties there are continuing to get married.
  • Postcard scam offers Walmart, Target payoff
    The postcard promises "an unclaimed reward of $100 in gift savings good at Walmart or Target." It then directs the consumer to call a phone number and give their credit card information for a "one-time activation fee."
  • Teachers at embattled charter to take union vote
    School personnel have filed five charges of unfair labor action against Chang with the National Labor Relations Board. Education Minnesota also filed a charge, claiming the superintendent interfered with employees' right to organize.
  • Clinton praises progress since Civil Rights Act
    "We have made so much progress. We are less racist. We are less sexist. We are less homophobic than we used to be," Clinton said in his remarks on civil rights. "Our one remaining bigotry is we don't want to be around anybody that disagrees with us anymore."
  • How a real man does a date night
    By now, perhaps, you've probably seen the sensuous attempt to sell a Minneapolis high-rise condo in which a guy drives his Maserati a block to meet his -- we now find out -- wife for dinner. You know, with the guy who wears a gorgeous suit without socks? MPR's Tim Post reveals how a real man does a date night.
  • Minnesota VA medical centers have shorter waits
    The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center.
  • Federal agency to review MNsure procedures
    A watchdog agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will audit Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace to determine if its internal controls were effective in ensuring that individuals who enrolled in qualified health plans met federal requirements.
  • Fruit juice vs. soda? Both beverages pack in sugar, health risks
    Fruit juice has a fructose concentration of about 45.5 grams per liter, only a bit less than the average of 50 grams per liter for sodas.
  • Sign of regret: Rats know when they've lost a good thing
    Researchers say the findings could help further understand human regret and decision making.
  • The one thing Obama didn't say about student loan repayment
    Last year, enrollment in the loan replayment program did grow almost 40 percent. But the total number of borrowers now signed up is still just 1.6 million. Remember -- 37 million Americans are carrying some kind of student debt. That means quite likely the vast majority of those who could get help paying off their loans just aren't asking for it.
  • 5 Americans killed in Afghanistan: Friendly fire?
    Five U.S. service members have died in southern Afghanistan, in a possible case of friendly fire. Afghan media are citing a local official who says the troops' air support mistakenly bombed their position. The attack is still under investigation.
  • Healthy seniors' brains scanned in bid to block Alzheimer's
    Scientists plan to eventually scan the brains of thousands of older volunteers in the U.S., Canada and Australia to find those with a sticky build-up believed to play a key role in development of Alzheimer's -- the first time so many people without memory problems get the chance to learn the potentially troubling news.
  • FAA OKs 1st commercial drone use over land
    The drone being used is an AeroVironment Puma AE, which the company says "is quiet to avoid detection and operates autonomously, providing persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data (ISRT)." The waterproof drone's sensors include optical and infrared cameras; it's suitable for both civilian and military uses, the company says.

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