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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Plymouth police say a 67-year-old woman survived a chilly night after her car drove off the road into a frigid pond. (01/12/2013)
Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue
Amar'e Stoudemire is the captain of the New York Knicks, a six-time NBA All-Star and a man who can definitely dunk a basketball. On top of being a star athlete, a father of three and an activist for education, Stoudemire is also the author of three books for middle-school readers. (01/12/2013)
Flu shots
Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal. (01/12/2013)
If you're a casual observer of the stock market, the last time you tuned in to what was happening with Facebook's stock was probably last May, when its share price was diving daily. What a difference several months make.
A new year was just beginning -- an extraordinary year, in which so much would change. George Wallace said "segregation forever!" -- the same year the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. The US and the Soviet Union signed a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and "The Feminine Mystique" catalyzed the women's movement. At the center of it all was the Kennedy administration.
There were crowds and long lines on Saturday at a free Hennepin County Fix-It clinic, where people could bring in broken electronic appliances and have them repaired by volunteers.
After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits.
Minnesotans have a chance to shake off their winter blues next weekend in St. Paul. McNally Smith College of Music will host the second annual Deepwinter Bonfire on Jan. 19.
Hostess says it is selling most of its bread business, including the Wonder and Nature's Pride brands, to Flowers Foods Inc. for $390 million.
Maternity photo shoots have gained popularity. Women are baring their bellies for artistic shots of their pregnant state. Some opt for traditional poses. Others are more daring, and want to be shot nude.
More of Minnesota's elderly residents are signing up for food stamps. In 2012, the number of elderly on Minnesota's food stamp rolls jumped by more than 2,500 people.
As awareness has grown about the practice of people being exploited by human traffickers for money, another major push has been on passing legislation to tighten restrictions and vacate the criminal convictions of those compelled by their traffickers to break the law. At least seven states have passed laws vacating the convictions of trafficking victims who meet the legal standards.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.
Global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and is affecting how Americans live, a massive new federally commissioned report says.
Flu is now widespread in all but three states as the nation grapples with an earlier-than-normal season. But there was one bit of good news Friday: The number of hard-hit areas declined.

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