From New Ulm to Mankato, students swelter Schools across southern Minnesota on Tuesday canceled or postponed athletic practices and released students early from school buildings without air conditioning as a heat wave continued.
Mpls. teachers say it's too hot for school More than a third of the city's schools have limited air conditioning or lack it entirely. Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Lynn Nordgren said she's been getting a lot of complaints from teachers.
Light-rail tunnel foes see water table, environmental issues The Met Council has proposed three options for the new rail line to be built from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. Two options involve tunnels -- either a shallow or a deep tunnel under part of the Kenilworth corridor in southwest Minneapolis.
Small fires prompt BWCA closures Two small fires burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have prompted the Superior National Forest to close some campsites and portages.
Slight relief from heat Wednesday Any way you slice it, Tuesday was oppressive. The worst of Minnesota's record-setting heat wave is behind us. Although the temperature will still be in the 90s Wednesday, dew points will be noticeably lower.
Obama holds Martin Luther King as personal hero Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused.
Live updates: The United States weighs a strike on Syria Reuters world editor Clare Richardson, online editor Mark Kolmar and community manager Margarita Noriega provide real-time coverage of events as they continue to unfold since last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
Patients love gentler approach to surgery When hospitals quit subjecting patients to prolonged fasting, nasogastric tubes, abdominal drains, and other commonplaces of surgical care, a study finds, patients feel less pain and recover faster.
Scientists say they've confirmed a new element Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.
New photos show marathon bomb suspect's surrender Dramatic new photos show the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, his face bloodied, climbing out of a boat in a suburban backyard as heavily armed police officers wait for him to drop to the ground.
Facebook: U.S. wanted data 0n 20,000 of its users this year Facebook revealed that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.
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