Court records: Dakota County prosecutor knew of St. Paul crime lab problems Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Wednesday that he did not learn of the serious allegations against the St. Paul Police Department crime lab until last week, but court documents show that at least one Dakota County prosecutor knew about problems at the lab for almost four months.5:21 p.m.
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'America's Toughest Sheriff' On Trial In Ariz.
The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" went on trial Thursday. Audie Cornish talks with Ted Robbins about opening statements in a class-action civil suit against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Private School Denies Admission To Teen With HIV
A private school in Pennsylvania is denying admission to an HIV positive student. The residential Milton Hershey School says the student would put other children at risk. Now there's a lawsuit against the school and a campaign to boycott Hershey products. The candy company largely bankrolls the school for disadvantaged youth.
As Wikipedia Gets Pickier, Editors Become Harder To Find
Content in the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia can be generated and edited by anyone. But the power to delete or lock those entries lies in the hands of the site's "administrators." A rigorous screening process for new administrators has partly led to a drop in site participation. Now, Wikipedia is struggling to find new editors.
Weeks From Primary, Fla. Senate Race Nearly Decided
Florida's Senate primary is not until August, but Rep. Connie Mack IV has all but declared himself the victor. The son of Florida's respected former Sen. Connie Mack, he's been helped by name recognition and political connections. He scared some other Republicans out of the race by securing top endorsements and support from outside groups aiming to take down the only Democrat holding a statewide office in Florida.
When Hyphen Boy Meets Hyphen Girl, Names Pile Up
The practice of hyphenating last names upon marriage was particularly popular in the 1980s and '90s. Now that the "hyphen generation" is marrying and parenting, many couples are struggling with which names to keep, and which to pass down to to their children.
Alzheimer's Drug May Slow Disease's Progression
This week an international Alzheimer's conference is taking place in Vancouver, with researchers presenting findings on ways to detect the disease and slow its progression. Audie Cornish speaks with Bloomberg News science reporter Elizabeth Lopatto about some of the studies presented.
High-Tech Shortcut To Greek Yogurt Leaves Purists Fuming
Greek yogurt sales are booming in the U.S., and some companies are turning to new technology to get in on it. But some Greek yogurt purists who compete with those companies for market share say the products are not the same.
Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'
Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
Fierce Counterassault Follows Syrian Assassinations
Fighting continued in the Syrian capital of Damascus and its suburbs on Thursday. There are also reports of another major government offensive in northwestern Syria, near President Bashar Assad's hometown.