Two Minn. health giants announce collaboration A new collaborative research initiative between two Minnesota health giants will work to improve patient care and lower costs. Announced Tuesday morning, the partnership between Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is the largest health data-sharing effort of its kind in the country.4:49 p.m.
Dr. Jon Hallberg: questions about flu season 2013 Flu season has arrived. Since late last year, the Minnesota Department of Health has classified influenza as "widespread" here in the state. Some are questioning the effectiveness and availability of the flu vaccine.4:52 p.m.
Consumer advocates say abusive practices by debt collectors on the rise As the recession winds down, consumer advocates say the problem of abusive practices by debt collectors is on the rise. The issue is getting renewed attention here in Minnesota. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a proposal this week to tighten regulations for companies that buy up debt and to protect consumers from abuse. Both advocates and debt collectors appear to be supporting the proposal.5:20 p.m.
Another George Bush Plans To Try His Hand At Politics
George Prescott Bush, 36, has announced he is running for office in Texas. The grandson of the first President Bush, nephew of the second, and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has already raised nearly $1.4 million. Now he just has to decide what job he's campaigning for.
Colleges Try To Curtail Flu Risk For Students
As students return to class from winter break, campus health official are trying to avert an outbreak. Colleges in Boston are especially worried after the mayor's declaration last week of a public health emergency in the city.
Turkey Promises Peace Talks With Kurdish Militants, Despite Paris Killings
For years Turkish leaders vowed they would never negotiate with "terrorists" — their term for the militant PKK separatists who have been battling security forces for decades. So many Turks were startled to learn that the head of the intelligence service had been holding disarmament talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Faced with uncertainty in Kurdish northern Iraq and rising Kurdish strength in parts of Syria, Ankara seems motivated to respond to some of the demands from its own Kurdish population. And many Turks, weary of the violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives, are rallying behind the effort. But the government's previous Kurdish initiative was sabotaged by violence and a nationalist backlash, and analysts hope Turkey's leaders have learned some lessons from that failure.