Oakdale boy killed by gunfire 'loved life, loved everybody' Family, friends and neighbors of 9-year-old Devin Aryal and his family gathered Tuesday night in Oakdale to remember the fourth-grader who loved playing soccer and dreamed of flying in space. "What now? What now?" said the pastor leading the service.6:15 a.m.
Hennepin County moves social services out into community Hennepin County has a five-year, $40 million project to decentralize social services. County officials say the plan for six regional service hubs will make it easier for county residents to seek help with food, money, or health care. The first hub, in Brooklyn Center, has been open for four months.6:50 a.m.
Minneapolis' mayoral race puts test to ranked-choice voting system With seven declared candidates for Minneapolis' most hotly contested mayoral race in decades, voters will have several choices to consider this year. Just as it did four years ago, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting to decide the winner. This election is expected to draw far more voters and put the system to the test.8:45 a.m.
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Obama Calls For Strengthening The Middle Class
The White House seemed surprised last month when President Obama's inaugural address was characterized in some quarters as a liberal manifesto. So Tuesday night's State of the Union speech was firmly grounded in the bread-and-butter pocketbook issues facing the middle class.
Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address
There may have been only a half dozen times all night when both sides of the aisle all stood and clapped in approval. One of those moments was when President Obama called for overhauling immigration.
For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout
John David, 73, is one of the many faces of a growing group of Americans: seniors who work. The former TV producer switched careers in his 50s, becoming a fitness instructor. "This turned out to be the real calling," he says.
A Murder Deepens Tunisia's Political Crisis
The killing of Chokri Belaid, a prominent politician and human rights activist, is pitting Tunisians against each other. Just two years after overthrowing a dictator, Tunisians are increasingly divided over their government and the country's future.
U.N. Aid Reaches Camp In Northern Syria
For the first time, the Syrian government has agreed to allow some humanitarian aid to be delivered by the United Nations. That is aid that goes to rebel-held areas. The process is cumbersome.
Recalling Previous Popes Who Have Resigned
Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years. Linda Wertheimer looks back on some of the popes who have resigned with Kean University Professor Christopher Bellitto.
Banks Called On To Distribute Foreclosure Settlement
The government money is from that recent settlement with big banks over their questionable foreclosure practices. Regulators think having the banks do it could help speed up the process. Housing advocates tell The New York Times that the banks will take shortcuts.
Comcast To Complete NBCUniversal Buyout Early
Comcast Corp. said Tuesday it will complete its buyout of NBCUniversal from GE for about $16.7 billion, ahead of schedule. Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has owned 51 percent of NBCUniversal since their $28 billion merger in 2011.
What Would More Natural Gas Exports Mean To You?
The Department of Energy will soon decide whether to allow more liquefied natural gas exports. The gas industry argues more exports are good for the U.S. economy. But manufacturers want cheap gas to stay at home and power factories. Environmentalists worry exports will increase drilling across the country even more.
AmEx Customers Can Buy Products With A Tweet
The credit card company American Express has teamed up with Twitter to allow its customers to buy products just by tweeting about them. Tweet the item you want, confirm your purchase and your item will be delivered.