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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Consumer Electronics Show
From the iPotty for toddlers to the 1,600-pound mechanical spider and the host of glitch-ridden "smart" TVs, the International CES show is a forum for gadget makers to take big -- and bizarre -- chances. (01/09/2013)
For years, doctors have lamented that there's no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Scientists today reported encouraging signs that one day, there might be. (01/09/2013)
Joe Biden, Eric Holder
Vice President Joe Biden vowed urgent action against gun violence in America Wednesday, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more. (01/09/2013)
If you've been turned down for a job in recent years, it might have been courtesy of the company's hiring software. The software systems winnow down a pool of job applicants before a human -- namely, a hiring manager -- ever lays eyes on candidates' resumes.
State lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday to create an insurance exchange in Minnesota.
St. Jude Medical is taking steps to address government concerns about quality control issues related to the testing of medical device components.
The "Grandma Brigade" is a grassroots politicking effort going on in Minnesota that is feeding up to the national Democratic Party. PRoPublica reporter Lois Beckett speaks with MPR News about the group.
The Billings Clinic in Montana has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its regional care network.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Wednesday declared January as Duluth Trafficking Awareness Month, kicking off a series of events across the city to raise awareness about girls being sold for sex.
Facing a certain backlash from Washington and beyond, American International Group won't be joining a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the U.S. government over the terms of its bailout at the height of the financial crisis.
One of the most exciting scientific discoveries of 2012 was the Higgs Boson particle, which confirmed the underlying theories of physics. But some scientists actually hoped the particle wouldn't be discovered.
This week on Climate Cast, we'll discuss the role that climate change may have played in Hurricane Sandy and the drought, and look at some of the most extreme Minnesota weather events in 2012.
In a recent National Journal cover story, Fournier wrote about how two former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, helped him to understand his son and become a better father.
Geoscience professor Michael Mann and atmospheric science professor Katharine Hayhoe speak at the Commonwealth Club of California about how and why the study of climate science has become so politicized.
Minnesota lawmakers gathered Wednesday to push legislation at both the state and federal levels aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
Each year, elite colleges are confronted with a paradox: No matter how many incentives they provide, enrollment of highly talented, low-income student barely seems to budge.
Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre has safely landed at base camp on the Kahiltna glacier and is making headway with good light.
Vice President Joe Biden is hearing personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations as he works on the Obama administration's response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
Today on the MPR News Update, a ninth grader from suburban Minneapolis has died of the flu. DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature outline their priorities for the session, and the mayor of Duluth tries to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota.
Fourteen southern Minnesota hospitals announced Wednesday they are implementing visitor restrictions in order to protect patients and staff from flu.
The settlement on behalf of 71 former inmates marks the first successful effort by lawyers for former inmates at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers to collect money from a U.S. defense contractor in lawsuits alleging torture. Another contractor, CACI, is expected to go to trial over similar allegations this summer.
If AIG decides to join the complaint, which seeks $25 billion in damages, it would pit the company against the government that in 2008 kept it from buckling under the weight huge losses on mortgage-backed securities and other toxic assets.
Animal lovers are planning a memorial for the wolves Wisconsin hunters killed this fall.
The 83-year-old dairy processor that closed abruptly in southeastern Wisconsin and left area schools scrambling for milk has filed for bankruptcy.
The Lakota Immersion Childcare is a full-immersion language initiative for infants and toddlers. It started in November with a small cohort of children under the age of 2.
The Minnesota Dental Association's 11th annual Give Kids a Smile event is expected to provide care to 6,000 children at over 200 dental clinics throughout the state.
Now emerging from a financial crisis that nearly killed it in 2011, the Southern Theater in Minneapolis survived collapse by stripping down to one staff person and becoming a rental facility for local arts groups.
Daily in Minnesota and across the country, young girls are bought and sold for sex. A group of advocates and law enforcement officials in Duluth is trying to increase awareness of the dangers and bring an end to the trafficking of girls.
The fifth person to die of the flu this season in Minnesota was a 14-year-old girl. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the teen's death.
Bryant Deshawn Elliott, 20, of Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis last June.
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested ten people today at a Sparboe Farms facility in Litchfield.
Ranked choice voting can restore majority rule.
Unemployment rates fell below 7 percent in a majority of U.S. cities in November, suggesting steady job gains are benefiting most parts of the country.
A report by UnitedHealth Group said the U.S. could reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid by doing a better job of coordinating patient care, particularly for those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
At least some members of the business community appear to be softening their hard line stance against tax increases.

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