Two Minn. servicemen killed in Afghanistan Two members of the military with Minnesota ties have been killed in Afghanistan. Dan Fedder, a Marine from Pine City, and Adam Novak, who grew up in Fergus Falls, were killed in separate incidents.7:25 a.m.
Mother-in-law's care packages say a lot The freshman class moves into the dorms at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus today. Parents will say their tearful goodbyes, head home, and before too long they'll begin to assemble care packages for the kids. Some colleges start earlier than the U, which means some students already have packages coming in the mail. Essayist Peter Smith is amazed at how many subliminal messages his mother-in-law can pack into a single cardboard box.7:35 a.m.
Shop owner reacts to synthetic marijuana ban Duluth is the first Minnesota city to ban synthetic marijuana. The city council voted unanimously last night to make it illegal to buy, sell or possess the products within city limits. Sold as "incense" under brand names including Genie, K-2 and Spice, synthetic marijuana is made of dried herbs sprayed with a chemical that mimics the active ingredient in pot.7:40 a.m.
Duluth nurses object to proposed code of conduct A final round of contract negotiations takes place Tuesday for more than 400 registered nurses who work at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. The talks will focus on a proposed code of conduct opposed by the nurses' union.7:45 a.m.
Mexico Captures Reputed Drug Lord 'The Barbie'
A reputed drug lord believed to be involved in a brutal turf war is in custody. Mexican federal police say they arrested Edgar Valdez Villarreal near Mexico City. Valdez, aka "The Barbie," also is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.
Mideast Talks To Test Clinton's Negotiating Skills
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been consulting her predecessors and past U.S. Middle East negotiators as she prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.
Africa Commerce, Conflict Coexist On The Congo
With a barely functioning road network in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo River has become the nation's Route 66 — the artery pulsing life into the heart of Africa. But years of civil war and spillover fighting from neighboring countries have periodically choked the lifeline.
California Set To Ban Plastic Grocery Bags
California lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to phase out and ultimately ban plastic grocery bags statewide. But plastic industry trade groups are lobbying hard and spending thousands to defeat the ban.
Drilling Begins To Reach Trapped Miners In Chile
Rescue workers in Chile have begun drilling a preliminary test hole into the solid rock. The plan is to make that hole about the size of bicycle tire. That would allow just enough space to hoist up the 33 miners one at a time. The rescue operation is expected to take months.
Rodents, Contamination Found At 2 Egg Farms
Federal health inspection reports released Monday show numerous violations at the egg factories involved in the massive egg recall this month. There was considerable evidence of rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions. The Food and Drug Administration said it's unclear whether the level of violations was greater than what might be expected at a large operation like this.
With Salmonella, It's A Chicken-Or-Egg Conundrum
Eggs have been getting a bad rap lately as the number of people being made sick by eggs contaminated with salmonella continues to rise. But eggs themselves -- if they come from a healthy bird -- are remarkably resistant to contamination.
Car Incentives Are Getting Scarce
Aggressive incentives that have lured drivers into dealerships, even during the recession, are starting to disappear. That's the assessment from Edmunds.com. The auto information site says with automakers newly lean and profitable, they're pulling back on promotions.
U.S. Weighs Grades For Car Fuel Economy
Cars with higher fuel economy and very low tailpipe emissions would get an A, while less-efficient cars could get a D. But critics say the proposal doesn't address all of the complex reasons people buy cars.