People & Places

  • Some US-bound air travelers must turn on phones
    American intelligence officials have been concerned about new al-Qaida efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.July 7, 2014
  • 'Columbusing': The art of discovering something that is not new
    If you've danced to an Afrobeat-heavy pop song, dipped hummus, sipped coconut water, participated in a color run or sported a henna tattoo, then you've Columbused something.July 7, 2014
  • Video: Near disaster on runway in Spain
    In Barcelona, an Aerolineas Argentinas plane crossed a runway directly into the path of a landing Russian airliner. It could have been catastrophic.July 7, 2014
  • Pigeons fly in fear as Rufus the hawk guards Wimbledon's grass
    Just the sight of his 40-inch wingspan is enough to keep pigeons out of the stadium's rafters. "He flies around and shoos any pigeons away and returns to us for his reward, which is usually chicken or quail. He has quite refined taste," said falconer Imogen Davis.July 6, 2014
  • It's a nice day for a flash wedding
    In pop-up weddings, locations are never booked, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you don't get asked to leave before you finish the ceremony.July 6, 2014
  • Joey Chestnut wins 8th consecutive July Fourth hot dog eating contest
    High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.July 4, 2014
  • Exercising the freedom to NOT celebrate Independence Day
    Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches. Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.July 4, 2014
  • Less room to roam as rotunda renovations pick up
    A new phase in the $272 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol that begins next week will force the closure of some parts of the building to the public.July 3, 2014
  • Photos: How Minnesotans have celebrated July Fourth through history
    Parades, picnics, canoeing and fireworks. Judging by these photos of Fourth of July celebrations through Minnesota's history, the holiday has changed remarkably little over time.July 3, 2014
  • 5 things to do in the Twin Cities (when everyone else is gone)
    Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities -- as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known -- head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city's attractions truly open up to out-of-towners.July 3, 2014
  • Young, active war wounded pushing medical science
    With survival rates reaching historic highs during the two wars, the Naval Health Research Center is launching a major, six-year study on wounded warriors to track their quality of life and better understand the road to recovery.July 3, 2014
  • Addiction battled ambition for reporter caught in D.C.'s crack epidemic
    In the late 1980s and early '90s, Washington, D.C., was a city under siege. As with other cities, it descended into near chaos because of the crack epidemic that claimed even innocent lives. Whole neighborhoods became war zones, and the nation's capital became the nation's homicide capital.July 3, 2014
  • Children's author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76
    Myers wrote more than 100 children's books, winning five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newbery Honors along the way. Myers' mission was as social as it was literary.July 3, 2014
  • Video: World's largest jetliner leaves MSP
    No doubt there are plenty of people who couldn't care any less that a really large airplane took off into a beautiful sunset at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday evening. But for thousands of others, the reaction to the four-day stay of the Antonov 225 was a stirring reminder of the magnificence of flight and the human mind that allows it to happen.July 3, 2014
  • Pentagon decides to dig up remains of long-lost soldier
    After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has decided to disinter the possible grave of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.July 2, 2014

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