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Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Vietnam veteran and retired airline pilot arrested after giving the finger to a police officer can sue police for malicious prosecution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday as it reversed a lower-court judge who found the actions of officers reasonable. (01/03/2013)
Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites. (01/03/2013)
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A broken water main in downtown Minneapolis caused major hassles Thursday afternoon. The flood of water shut down several streets, caused Metro Transit buses to be rerouted and jammed up rush hour traffic. Some local businesses also had to close because they had no water. (01/03/2013)
Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, announced tonight that he's resigning from the Minnesota Legislature.
A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.
When the 113th Congress officially convened today, the big question on the minds of many Democrats and Republicans was whether the new Congress will be more productive than the last one.
Downtown St. Paul will soon have a big hole to fill. Macy's announcement today that it will close its St. Paul store by the end of March will leave the city with 360,000 square feet of vacant retail space. The city's business and political leaders are confident they will be able to fill it -- but with what?
Federal investigators used vacation photos to crack a child pornography case in Minnesota, which led to the arrest of an Illinois woman who's now serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison.
A water main break at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Minneapolis is causing low water pressure for some downtown residents and businesses.
Traffic deaths in 2012 increased slightly -- the first time in a decade -- according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
If you could try a new career - even for just a day - what would you want to be? Photographer? Carpenter? Teacher? One program seeks to make it easier to get a taste of your dream job.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, our panelists will look back at the big arts and culture stories of 2012, and the art that made an impact.
The BBC looks at research from Lancaster and Monash Universities that shows DNA mutations that could explain why women generally live longer than men.
Many senior citizens in Minnesota and around the nation are the target of fundraising mail. Tax-exempt political groups pledging to protect Medicare and Social Security send out sinister, sometimes false, missives asking for money.
Target's sales last month fell a bit short of analysts' expectations, but the retailer says fourth-quarter earnings will meet or possibly beat the low end of a prior forecast.
Minnesota is poised for stronger employment growth in 2013, according to a forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results as part of a settlement.
The Ohio lawmaker won a second, two-year term as leader with 220 votes, losing just a handful of votes in the Republican-controlled chamber.
This Saturday, photographer Adam DeGross will display his work in northeast Minneapolis at a party that will also celebrate the release of his first photo book, PAY ATTENTION.
Journalist and humor writer Calvin Trillin speaks in Minneapolis at the Talk of the Stacks series about his new book "Dogfight: An Occasionally Interrupted Narrative Poem About the Presidential Campaign."
Today on the MPR News Update, we learn about an effort to help war veterans integrate into the workforce, what the DNR hopes to learn from the state's first official wolf hunt, the impending closure of downtown St. Paul's only major retail store, and how the newest members of Congress will fare on bitterly divided Capitol Hill.
Minnesota prosecutors have filed felony charges against a woman accused of posting a sex video of her boyfriend with another person online.
Skippy, which debuted in 1932, has 11 varieties of peanut butter products. It is the leading brand in China and is sold in more than 30 other countries.
With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller.
The Macy's in downtown St. Paul will be closing its doors this spring. We'll speak with a retail analyst about Macy's decision, and what it means for the city.
Macy's confirmed Thursday that it will close its downtown St. Paul retail store as part of what it called "normal-course adjustments" across its United States properties.
The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon for pomp, pageantry and politics as newly elected members of the House and Senate are sworn in and the speaker of the Republican-controlled House is chosen. The traditions come against the backdrop of a mean season that closed out an angry election year.
The preliminary 300 DWI arrest figure is consistent with recent New Year's Eve DWI arrests in Minnesota. The state has averaged 295 DWI arrests during the previous five years for the holiday.
The Minnesota-based philosophy contest says its 2013 question is: "Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?"
The 8-year-old adopted son weighed fewer than 35 pounds when he was brought to a doctor Oct. 9.
The African-American girl has dealt with bullying since "day one" at the western Wisconsin school.
A judge in Otter Tail County has awarded custody of an orphaned child to the parents of a teen who killed the toddler's mother and then himself.
She had given up on Christmas. Then the news made her think about the Christmases she'd wasted.
An intensive effort to help Minnesota's military veterans find civilian jobs is paying off.
Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt ends Thursday. The Department of Natural Resources said hunters neared the quota of 400 wolves killed early in the hunt.
Officials in Putnam County, N.Y., say they will reject a newspaper's request to release the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits -- a move an open government advocate calls illegal.
Despite getting some big storms last month, much of the U.S. is still desperate for relief from the nation's longest dry spell in decades. And experts say it will take an absurd amount of snow to ease the woes of farmers and ranchers.
Congress' hectic resolution of the "fiscal cliff" crisis is the latest in a long series of decisions by lawmakers and the White House to do less than promised -- and to ask Americans for little sacrifice -- in confronting the nation's burgeoning debt.

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