Archdiocese launches a task force on clergy sex abuse. Also, what happens if the debt ceiling isn't raised?
Thursday, October 10, 2013
We also look into the ups and downs of the Twin Cities housing market, a key vote on metro light rail, new unemployment figures, and worries about the end of a temporary stimulus program for food stamps.
What happens if debt ceiling is not raised? The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
Weekly US jobless claims tick up A government spokesman said that about half the weekly increase occurred in California, where officials processed applications that were delayed several weeks by a computer upgrade. One-quarter of the increase reflected applications from employees at government contractors.
Target laying off 150 in Twin Cities The layoffs come in areas where Target said it saw duplication or overlap of responsibilities or a need for fewer employees in the future, the company said Wednesday. About 75 percent of the cuts have been made already. Target would not discuss the types of jobs involved or what they pay.
Police arrest more than a dozen reputed gang members Authorities say all the suspects are members of the East Side Boys. They were arrested as part of an effort by Minneapolis and St. Paul police, plus the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Minn. lawmakers try for handle on synthetic drugs Several House committees held a joint meeting, including a special panel set up to address the spread of synthetics. The issue made headlines in Minnesota in recent months with the federal prosecution of a Duluth head shop owner who sold such drugs; on Monday, Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was convicted on 51 of 55 counts.
8,000 MNsure accounts created so far MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan.
Father of child stowaway: 'How is this possible?' As his son is brought back from Las Vegas, the unnamed man appeared at a press conference with his face shielded from view to say, "We assumed he was at a friend's house. We had no idea where he was."
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