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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bread baking
A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers' unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold. (01/08/2013)
Consumer Electronics Show
In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the 2002 movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "smart TVs." (01/08/2013)
Thirty years ago this week the Nuclear Waste Policy Act became law, committing the federal government to finding a permanent storage facility for the nation's nuclear waste. (01/08/2013)
A citizens group pressing for a resolution in the contract dispute between management and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra delivered a 3,000-signature petition to the orchestra board on Tuesday.
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a Minnesota teen.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced plans Tuesday to purchase two hotels in downtown St. Paul. If the deal goes through, it will give the bands ownership of nearly half of the capital city's downtown hotel rooms.
The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking.
A group of Iranian students at the University of Minnesota suspects TCF Bank was discriminating against them when it told them it would close their accounts at the end of this month. The move comes amid tightened U.S. sanctions against Iran. But the students say they have not violated any financial restrictions.
For the Minnesota Wild and other struggling National Hockey League teams, a collective bargaining agreement reached over the weekend offers an opportunity to return to profitability.
A Rosemount man has been sentenced to two months in jail for a 2009 hit-and-run that fatally injured a deaf woman.
Some Minnesota environmental groups are urging state regulators to prevent more crude oil from being transported through the state.
A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday.
A report from an advisory council on transportation is recommending a higher gas tax and more state money for roads and transit. How will those recommendations be received by the legislature?
It's getting harder to make it in America -- especially if you're starting out with less. Why has it become harder? And what steps can be taken to remedy the problem?
New research has led to a hypothesis that an increase in aerobic activity resulting from the adoption of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle directly influenced the evolution of the human brain.
For one day at least, lawmakers laid aside their differences so they could get organized and welcome new members, who make up more than a quarter of the Legislature.
Historians discuss President Richard Nixon's complicated legacy in a forum held at the JFK Library in Boston in 2007. On Jan. 9, 2013 dignitaries and family members mark President Nixon's 100th birthday at a gala in Washington. He died in 1994 at the age of 81.
Federal homeland security agents are at the Sparboe Farms facility in Litchfield as part of a criminal investigation.
In 2011, Dr. Bud Frazier and his colleague Dr. Billy Cohn implanted the first of a new kind of artificial heart: one without a pulse.
The Minnesota Legislature dropped the gavel Tuesday on a new session and a new order, with Democrats in full control for the first time in a generation.
Target Corp. said Tuesday that its pledge to match prices of select online rivals this past holiday season is now a year-round promise.
Minnesota lawmakers kick off their 2013 session and some DFLers are promising to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage; a health insurance exchange is also on the agenda. The need to repair aging municipal water systems is gaining attention. And what happened to Minnesota's once enviable recycling habits?
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Tuesday to come up with a plan that would tighten the state's disclosure laws for public officials.
Chaska High School has sent students home after a lockdown over a received threat.
Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming is restricting some visitors due to a surge in flu cases at the hospital.
Every new session brings with it fresh faces. Among the new lawmakers this year is State Sen.-elect Melisa Franzen.
President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Vietnam war veteran and former two-term senator from Nebraska will need to explain some of his comments and views as President Barack Obama's choice for the next secretary of defense. Here's look at past remarks likely to come up during his confirmation hearing.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.
Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims' organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that its warning applies to 800,000 infant recliner seats, called sleepers, that were sold at stores nationwide and online since September 2009
Inspectors will descend upon a remote Kodiak Island bay to investigate whether a Royal Dutch Shell LLC drilling vessel will need repairs after spending nearly a week aground.
A man charged in a synthetic drug ring that led to the overdose deaths of two North Dakota teenagers has pleaded guilty in federal court in Fargo to a conspiracy charge.
The Postal Service is working to manage growth and improve customer service in the rapidly growing oil patch.
Dane County prosecutors say 51-year-old Ervin Witmer, of Owen, talked to the 15-year-old boy in an online chat room for gay teens and became aware that he had been sexually abused as a youngster by a relative. He then arranged to meet him at a Madison motel.
The contest will be held Wednesday night at the Prom Center in Oakdale. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30.
Wisconsin BBB President Randall Hoth says fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive.
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas.
State lawmakers are under a tight deadline as they tackle a number of issues related to the federal health care overhaul, including passing legislation to set up a health insurance exchange, the fate of MinnesotaCare and an expansion of Medicaid.
Sen. Al Franken met with school officials Monday in Eagan to discuss school safety, three weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The conversation ranged from school security to better monitoring the mental health of students to prevent future violence.
It didn't make sense that different rules applied to suits against the government.
Recent major water main breaks have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses. In many Minnesota cities, water system are aging and in need of replacement.
The hard-fought battle over same-sex marriage that dominated Minnesota politics last year is likely to continue during the legislative session that begins today. With the defeat of the marriage amendment and the Republican majorities that sponsored it, DFLers who favor marriage rights for same-sex couples see their opening. But opponents say the amendment's does not necessarily mean support for same-sex marriage.
In many Minnesota cities, water system are aging and in need of replacement. Recent major water main breaks have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses.
Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.
The co-founder of Coursera and Stanford University professor Andrew Ng, and Joanne Weiss of the US Department of Education discuss the role online courses will play in college learning and the college experience. They spoke at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

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