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Parsing the birth control ruling; a wave of retiring cops; charter school unions; live blogging the World Cup

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • How many companies are affected by high court's birth control ruling?
    When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses. Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."
  • How the ruling may be felt in Minnesota
    Minneapolis attorney Erick Kardaal, who challenged the Affordable Care Act Mandate on behalf of seven clients, is calling the high court's ruling a victory for people with religious objections to government policies.
  • The coming political backlash, and caution
    Republicans for years have tried to make inroads with two groups that tend to favor Democrats: women and younger voters. And as popular as the court's decision will be with the Republican base, it's likely to be just as unpopular this year and into 2016 with those who depend on insurance to pay for birth control -- a group that includes women and younger voters.
  • Wave of police early retirements opens door to new hires
    Typically, about 500 officers in Minnesota, or about five percent of all peace officers, retire each year, said Neil Melton, president of the Peace Officer Standards and Training board. "But we expect, based on the unscientific surveys that that could bump up closer to 15 percent over the next couple of years," he said.
  • Union votes at two charter schools could open door to others
    In a state that pioneered the charter school movement, the two Twin Cities unionized charter schools stand out. Whether those votes mark a new era for the state's teacher's union is up for debate.
  • How to inspire girls to stick with computer science careers
    Far more men pursue a career in computer science than women, despite an ever-increasing demand for skilled labor in computing fields. To remedy this gap, schools across the country are looking for ways to introduce female students to computing. Is that the right approach?
  • Immigration office staying put near Mall of America
    Federal officials had been building a new immigration center in west Bloomington, miles from the nearest bus stop. But the General Services Administration abandoned its plans, after pressure from Minnesota's congressional delegation.
  • Referee dies after being punched at soccer match
    A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
  • Protein milk deal muscles up Hormel
    The deal should boost Hormel's earnings, expand its distribution channels and provide products that appeal to younger people, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with the investment firm Edward Jones.
  • 2 men accused of defrauding Delta of millions
    Michael Yedor of Los Angeles and Paul Anderson of Apple Valley, Minnesota, were indicted June 10. The indictment says Anderson submitted false invoices from a company owned by Yedor seeking payment for goods and services that were never provided.
  • Ebola outbreak: Deadliest, longest on record
    The World Health Organization says there is an "urgent need" to coordinate the response across the borders and is convening a meeting in Accra, Ghana on July 1 with the three countries involved as well as other nations that experienced outbreaks in the past. There is no cure for the deadly disease.
  • As ISIS advances, a question: What's a caliphate?
    On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria declared it was re-establishing a caliphate that will be headed by its shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader.
  • Skip the stirrups: Doctors rethink yearly pelvic exams
    The American College of Physicians now says that it strongly recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, low-risk women. In fact, the intrusive exams may do more harm than good for women who aren't pregnant or don't have signs of problems, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Lab rats: That unsettling Facebook experiment
    Facebook has allowed researchers both inside and outside the company to manipulate users' news feeds to hide good news or bad news to see whether it affected the emotions of those users themselves.
  • World Cup: Belgium defeats USA 2-1 in extra time
    Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne scored in extra time Tuesday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over the United States and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
  • US-Belgium match could be a game of goalkeepers
    Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. ET today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.
  • 10 places to watch the World Cup in Minnesota
    Looking for a place to gather with your soccer tribe in Minnesota to take in some World Cup games? Here's is a list of venues to tale it all in. The list is heavy on sports bars, but also includes a couple of family-friendly venues.
  • Our favorite photos of obsessed World Cup fans in Brazil
    FIFA, the soccer World Cup organizers, say there were more than 11 million ticket requests for the month-long event this year in Brazil. As the tournament progresses, we're collecting our favorite photos of just how emotional an colorful some of those fans can get.

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