R.T. Rybak: What's next for the Minneapolis mayor? Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has formed a political action committee that will allow him to raise money and donate it to candidates for state office in Minnesota. Will he seek a fourth term as mayor?6:19 a.m.
Dayton plan could expand sales tax The major tax overhaul that Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider next year could include some significant changes in the state sales tax. Extending the sales tax to clothing remains an unpopular and unlikely option, but many other transactions could be taxed for the first time as a way to boost state revenues.6:49 a.m.
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Boehner Pushes 'Plan B' To Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'
The effort to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes of the "fiscal cliff" is taking a detour in the House of Representatives. Negotiations are still underway, but House Speaker John Boehner is also pushing ahead with what he calls "Plan B."
Single-Issue Solidarity Behind NRA's Clout
The National Rifle Association ranks among the most effective advocacy groups in America. It reaches its members almost every way imaginable — and it gets them to volunteer for campaigns and educates them on how to vote.
Gunmen In Pakistan Target Polio Vaccinators
Gunmen staged new attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out a nationwide polio vaccination program. On Tuesday, six workers were killed as they went house to house.
Newtown Inches Forward After School Massacre
Except for Sandy Hook Elementary, schools are open in Newtown, Conn. Last week's deadly shooting has the town reeling. A gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Mich. Gov. Vetoes Concealed Weapons Bill
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry guns into schools and other public spaces. He said the legislation did not allow individual places to opt out.
Fake Malaria Drugs Fuel Rise Of Drug-Resistant Disease
Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia are awash with shoddy and phony malaria drugs. Some fakes are almost indistinguishable from authentic drugs. The counterfeits can be deadly for patients, but they also threaten to undermine major weapons against the disease.
Switzerland's UBS To Settle Rate-Rigging Scandal
UBS has agreed to pay some $1.5 billion in fines to international regulators following a probe into the rigging of a key global interest rate. UBS became the second bank, after Britain's Barclays PLC, to settle over the rate-rigging scandal.
Credit Rating Upgrade Is Good News For Greece
A day after eurozone lenders finally released about $45 billion in loans to Greece, a top credit agency raised its rating on the country by a six points. It's a rare piece of good news for Greece, which still faces Depression-level unemployment and at least another year of recession.
What Does A Gun Debate Mean For Retailers?
Retailers that sell firearms are facing some difficult choices following the Sandy Hook tragedy. One of the largest outlets for firearms, Dick's Sporting Goods, says it is suspending sales of certain kinds of rifles during a "time of national mourning." Wal-Mart has removed a website-listing for a rifle similar to the one used by the gunman.