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Manning sentenced; toddler shot in Minneapolis; rural Minnesota copes with aging

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • Manning sentenced in WikiLeaks espionage case
    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the nation's biggest leak cases since the Pentagon Papers.
  • Three injured in N. Mpls shooting, including toddler
    Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington says all three victims are expected to survive. The shooting was reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of Lyndale Avenue North, near Farview Park.
  • The sound of our dying neighborhoods
    Unless something changes, 2013 in the Twin Cities may be the summer when people and politicians gave up and ceded their neighborhoods to the gangs.
  • Minneapolis community leaders to rally
    Said Harding Smith, pastor of Spiritual Church of God in Brooklyn Center. "Our people come to know nothing but grief, anger, frustration, abandonment by their lawmakers, who see it as political suicide to go after the all too powerful NRA."
  • Minn. Orchestra supporters gather to offer solutions to lockout
    Some 600 people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday night to discuss possible solutions to resolve the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra lockout.
  • Mpls. Council skeptical of Southwest LRT tunnel plan
    Some Minneapolis City Council members are skeptical of proposals to build tunnels through parts of the city for the Southwest Light Rail line.
  • 'Sweetheart swindler' may have struck again
    A warrant for the arrest of Kent Norman Meyer was issued Tuesday in Ramsey County.
  • Rural Minnesota faces up to aging challenges
    In an era of scarce public dollars and ever-more cantankerous budget debates, rural areas have become targets for sharp rhetoric and program cuts.
  • Are you a State Fair pro? Got a tip? Tell us
    Everyone's got a Minnesota State Fair hack -- that little trick that makes you an insider, the one you swear by, the one that makes your trip (or trips!) to the fair the best possible time -- till next year.
  • For young people, getting into farming can be a challenge
    With young people struggling to get into farming and older farmers struggling to get out of the business, there are several groups trying to bridge the generation gap in farming here in Minnesota. Jan Joannides is executive director of Renewing the Countryside. She talked about the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
  • Target's 2Q profit falls 13 percent
    Target's net income fell 13 percent to $611 million in the quarter ending August 3. Sales, which were "softer than expected" according to a company news release, grew 4 percent to $17.1 billion.
  • Earnings spike boosts Best Buy shares
    Best Buy shares soared 13 percent today to $34.80, more than triple their price when the swooning stock hit bottom in the days after Christmas.
  • Facebook's founder leads global push for greater Internet access
    Citing the billions of people worldwide who can't access the Internet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the leaders of other technology firms are launching an ambitious project to narrow the digital divide Wednesday. The plan focuses on widening access via mobile phones.
  • Teen girl indoor tan fans at center of health battle
    A report in JAMA found about a third of white high school girls indulge in indoor tans wasn't exactly startling. What was a bit startling was how the tanning industry responded, saying, in effect, that we should be worrying more about skin cancer in middle-aged men, not girls.
  • U visas: Granting entrance "through the doorway" to immigrant victims of violence
    U visas grant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who agree to assist authorities in investigations or prosecutions temporary legal status and work eligibility for three years.
  • MNsure's board takes control of health exchange today
    More than a million Minnesotans are expected to enroll in health coverage through MNsure, an online site that goes live in a little more than six weeks.
  • Company's 'patent trolling' will end in Minnesota after attorney general investigation
    The Delaware company, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, was accused of trying to wring money out of hundreds of Minnesota businesses over alleged violation of patent rights. The company told business owners that their use of office equipment to scan documents to email infringed on its patents.
  • Why millennials are ditching their cars
    Jill Hennessy, clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, has studied the attitudes of millennials towards the car buying process. Her short answer: They're a lot different from Baby Boomers and Generation X.
  • Have you seen this 'magic beard' video?
    Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin has an Internet hit on his hands with this video of him playing with his beard. It took, apparently, an incredible amount of time and attention to detail. Not just anyone can be an Internet sensation, despite what you may have heard.
  • Clusters of moist scabs, and other words people hate
    Our show on word aversion produced a plethora ... um, cluster ... make that a good number of responses from listeners. Some of them even shared phrases composed of words they cannot bear to hear -- and we're sharing them you.

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