Cleanup begins after deadly tornadoes National Guard troops and volunteers with chainsaws were helping residents in this northwestern Minnesota town begin a massive cleanup effort, a day after a tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in its path.4:00 a.m.
Bigger 10 could help narrow U of M's athletics budget gap The recent expansion of the Big 10 could help the University of Minnesota athletics department weather reductions in its budget, but it's not likely to be enough to make up for the budget cuts the department faces in coming years.7:25 a.m.
School district ponders whether to get rid of class rank School officials in Mounds View will decide next week whether to get rid of class rank for graduating seniors. If they do, they'll join a handful of other public school districts who have made the switch in recent years, and who say it might help some students get into college.8:35 a.m.
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Taliban Gone, Pakistani Region Yearns For Normal
A year ago, the Pakistani army mounted an offensive to dislodge Taliban militants who had overtaken Swat Valley. The fighting forced more than 2 million people from their homes. A year later, the people of the region are trying to rebuild their lives.
Kyrgyz Vote On Constitution May Be Delayed
It's been a week since ethnic violence erupted in Kyrgyzstan. And in a little more than a week from now, the central Asian nation is scheduled to vote on a new constitution. That appears increasingly unlikely as thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have fled their homes.
Lakers Clinch 2nd Straight NBA Title With Late Rally
The Los Angeles Lakers have won the franchise's 16th NBA championship, dramatically bouncing back from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat their archrival Boston Celtics 83-79. It was an all-out defensive classic at L.A.'s Staples Center.
Chinese Workers Strike Toyota Suppliers
Workers at an affiliate in northeast China that makes plastic parts for the Japanese carmaker Toyota have gone on strike shutting down a production line. Earlier, workers at another Toyota supplier walked off the job. It's part of a rash of strikes in the last few months that also affected factories for Honda and a Taiwanese electronics company.
Wal-Mart Helps Small Farms Supply 'Local' Foods
For Wal-Mart, the local food movement is a profitable investment for both its balance sheet and its image. Hoping to demonstrate environmental awareness as well as save on freight costs, the company is reaching out to small farms to supply its stores with locally grown produce.
Authorities Intercept Cash In Pringles Can
A man who authorities say tried to ship a fugitive $20,000 by stuffing it inside a Pringles potato chip canister, has been charged in a wide-ranging mortgage-fraud investigation.
Hayward 'Deeply Sorry', Rep. Barton Also Apologizes
Capitol Hill lawmakers grilled BP's top executive Tony Hayward in nearly 7 hours of hearings investigating the Gulf Oil spill Thursday. Hayward said he was sorry for the incident but refused to comment on technical decisions the company made leading up to the oil rig explosion in April. But he wasn't the only one issuing apologies.
Obama Faces Backlash On Drilling Moratorium
As oil continues to gush from the Deepwater Horizon well, President Obama faces growing opposition in the Gulf region to his moratorium on offshore drilling and exploration. Even fishing groups say the oil industry should be allowed to resume operations.