Fire danger rising in Minnesota It was an historic month of March for Minnesota weather. Most of the state had no measurable snow - for the entire month. The warm dry weather does have a downside. The DNR says fire risk is "very high" in central and southern Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
Census forms due today; Minn. among leading states As of Wednesday, 56 percent of the households in Minnesota had returned the forms. That's higher than the current national participation rate of 52 percent, but not as high as officials are expecting it to be.7:45 a.m.
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New England Struggles After Record Flooding
Parts of New England are still underwater after heavy rains. March was one for the record books in much of the region. In Rhode Island, homes and businesses are flooded and portions of Interstate 95 are shut down because of high water.
NUMMI Plant Closure Ends Toyota-GM Venture
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Songbird DNA May Offer Clues To Human Speech
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RNC Raises A Lot Of Cash And Criticisms
The Republican National Committee has been raising record amounts of money, but it also is spending record amounts. One item in particular is causing problems: A bar tab from a topless nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif. Besides that, there have been criticisms against chairman Michael Steele, who has had his own issues with expenses.
Letter From India: Railway Exams Not A Free Ride
India has an exam for virtually every government job — no matter how small. The Railway Exams, given to aspiring guards, ticket collectors and drivers, ask a surprising variety of questions — difficult questions. Competition for jobs on the railway is extreme — by one account there are 20,000 applicants for one ticket collector job.
Tough Fuel Efficiency Standards To Be Set
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Looking Online For Signs Of Job Growth
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American Airlines, JetBlue Form Partnership
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Air France: Large Fliers Can Get Second Seat For Free
Air France says most of its larger passengers will be able to book an extra seat for no extra charge. Like many airlines, Air France has insisted that people unable to fit into one of its standard economy seats pay for a second seat. But starting Thursday, the airline says those passengers will normally have the extra costs refunded, unless the aircraft is full.