Minnesota's uninsured rate drops 40 percent About 180,000 Minnesotans have gained health insurance as a result of Obamacare, mainly through enrollments in government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
Senate Republicans block student loan bill The 56-38 vote fell short of the 60 that would have been needed to advance to debate on the measure by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Her bill would have let millions of borrowers, some with years-old debt and interest rates topping 7 percent or more, refinance at today's lower rates.
Target board readies for investor anger Target's shareholder meeting Wednesday afternoon in Dallas is likely to produce some fireworks. Some shareholders plan on voting against a number of board members in protest, and the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is planning a "Stroller Jam."
Data mapping Green Line close calls The light rail trains that have been making test runs on the Green Line between St. Paul and Minneapolis have been involved in four collisions with vehicles since February. But there have also been numerous close calls, according to Metro Transit data.
Wisconsin cheese makers: FDA rule stinks People, the end of Limburger cheese is at hand! Or so the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are warning today after the FDA rule on cheese aging. The rule is aimed at Monroe, Wisconsin -- the only place in America where Limburger is made -- the Wisconsin State Journal says.
Tea partier unseats key GOP leader Eric Cantor Cantor, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned by a little-known, tea party-backed primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of public anger over calls for looser immigration laws.
Voters to pundits: 'You're not that smart' No doubt that today will bring a feast of political analysis from the experts who yesterday were predicting that Cantor would win -- probably easily -- his primary battle against a tea party leader in Virginia. But Cantor lost. Proceed with caution.
August match to kick off Vikings push for Major League Soccer The Minnesota Vikings announced details Wednesday of a professional soccer match between the Manchester City and Olympiacos football clubs. The Aug. 2 game is scheduled to be played in TCF Bank Stadium and will be part of a larger Guinness Cup series of 13 games across the United States this summer.
Reports: Islamists assault Iraqi city of Mosul; 500,000 flee Half a million people reportedly have been streaming out of a major Iraqi city that was seized by Islamist militants this week. The extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has ties to al-Qaida, took over much of Mosul after Iraqi security forces seemingly abandoned their posts.
Cher's 'farewell' tour hits Target Center Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Woman's World" by Cher. It's from her latest album. The 68-year-old diva performs tonight at Target Center in Minneapolis as part of her "Dressed to Kill" tour.
Enter Paul and Babe: 'Fargo' recap No. 9 Probably the best episode yet. Fargo has taken its time, and then some, but there's no question that it's used that time to establish its deliberate tone and pace. Now that same tone and pace, often so maddeningly slow, is put into the service of creating powerful, sustained suspense.
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