Agencies step up fight against gypsy moths Minnesota is at the front line of a national effort to slow the spread of invasive gypsy moths, which have defoliated and killed thousands of acres of trees on the East Coast. Although they have made incursions into Minnesota for decades, so far they have not established a reproducing population in the state. The destructive critters have slowly munched their way westward and are now hungrily eyeing the forests of the Arrowhead region.5:24 p.m.
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Tax Fight A Prelude To Supreme Court Fireworks
The first of the three days of arguments over the new health care law proved, as expected, to be arcane, dense and probably unimportant in the long run. Tuesday's argument challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate is likely to provide more sparks.
Obama Asks China To Help Halt N. Korean Rocket
The U.S. recently agreed to provide North Korea with food assistance, and it was hoped that this would help calm tensions in the region. But under its new leader, North Korea is now planning a rocket launch next month that's making everyone uneasy.
DOJ Follows Its 'Conscience' In Civil Rights Battles
In three years, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has brought record numbers of hate crimes cases, uncovered abuses in local police departments and challenged two states' voting laws. Attorney General Eric Holder says there's still work to do, but critics say the division is overstepping its boundaries.
Komen Struggles To Regain Footing, And Funding
As the national Susan G Komen for the Cure charity deals with the fallout from the uproar over Planned Parenthood funding, the organization's local chapters are feeling an impact. The charity has seen participation drop in several of its signature fundraising Race for the Cure events since the controversy began.
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Treat, Even Reverse, Diabetes
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Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone
Several companies have developed smartphone applications to help people find the cheapest gasoline prices in town. We tried two popular apps; they work, but there are a few things to watch out for.
Does A Chocolate Habit Help Keep You Lean?
New research suggests that frequent chocolate consumption may favorably influence metabolism. It adds to the growing evidence that our bodies may not treat all calories the same way.
Protesters Rally Outside Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on the legality of President Obama's health care law. Outside the court, there were protesters, a band and even a presidential candidate.
Health Care Arguments Center On Taxes
Arguments before the Supreme Court on Monday had more to do with taxes than with health care as the justices considered whether the case involving the federal health care overhaul could go forward.
Wanted: Digital Bloodhounds For The Hotel Industry
These days, hotels aren't just looking to hire bellhops, concierges and housekeepers. What the industry really needs are "knowledge workers" who understand how to use social media and new technologies to track — and attract — potential guests and boost revenue.