Bills would require pet breeders to be licensed, inspected Legislation at the State Capitol would impose new requirements on dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. The bill would license operations with 10 or more breeding animals that produce more than five litters a year, and these breeders would be subject to annual inspections by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.6:45 a.m.
20-month lockout over, sugar workers brace for return to work Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union members are headed back to work after the union voted over the weekend to accept the company's contract offer. Union members, who have been locked out at five factories in the Red River Valley since August 2011, expect a bumpy return to their old jobs.7:25 a.m.
Until health law takes hold, many grapple with insurance limbo For some people, big changes under the federal health care law cannot come soon enough. The law takes full effect in January, and before then many people will enter health insurance limbo as they lose coverage, including some who will age out of their parents' plans. The precise number of those losing their insurance is unclear, but researchers indicate it could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide.8:25 a.m.
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Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented?
Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue that in some cases can pit drugmakers against patients.
Retaliating Against U.S., Russia Bars 18 Americans
The already-frayed relations between the U.S. and Russia have unraveled even more over the past several days. Russia has published a list of 18 Americans who will be barred from entering the country because of their alleged involvement in human rights violations.
Sen. Marco Rubio Touts Upcoming Immigration Bill
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio hit the Sunday morning TV talk shows to promote, and preemptively defend, the bipartisan immigration overhaul that is expected to be released this week. Rubio appeared on seven nationally broadcast shows.
Evangelicals Try To Soften Hearts On Overhauling Immigration
The evangelical movement, historically, has not been supportive of overhauling immigration. But that stance is changing. The Evangelical Immigration Table has united a diverse section of religious groups — from the social justice organization Sojourners to the Southern Baptist Convention.
Australian Adam Scott Wins Golf's Masters
Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera of Argentina in a two-hole playoff after they both made birdies at the 72nd hole Sunday. Scott is the first Australian champion at Augusta National.
Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory
Research into why some people have strong memory well into old age suggests that their brains are different from their peers. Some parts of the brains of "superagers" responsible for attention, thinking and memory seem to be spared the typical age-related shrinkage.
How Exercise And Other Activities Beat Back Dementia
"What's good for the heart is good for the brain," one neuroscientist says. In addition to physical exercise, researchers say that mental exercise, socializing and a good diet can also help preserve memory in older brains.
Fund Manager David Tepper Leads 'Rich List' Institutional Investor's Alpha, a publication focusing on hedge funds, released its annual "Rich List" Monday. It estimates the world's top 25 fund managers earned a combined $14.14 billion last year. The total is down slightly from the year before.
Tax Day Is This Statue Of Liberty's Last Day Of Work
At the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and 28th Street in Los Angeles, you'll find Robert Oliver wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and dancing to promote Liberty Tax Service. "I'm never embarrassed to be out here," he says. "I'm proud of what I do."