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Friday, January 25, 2013

'The Lifeguard'
The Sundance Film Festival has never been sexier. The annual independent-film showcase has featured a slew of sexually themed movies in its various categories this year. (01/25/2013)
Power may be out until Sunday evening in a four-block area of downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., after a fire damaged an underground electrical transformer. (01/25/2013)
Thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered across the nation's capital Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. For many, faith was a large part of their opposition. (01/25/2013)
A St. Cloud bar has canceled a Friday night hip-hop show that had prompted police to step up patrols.
They're on squad cars and street lights, and they track where you're driving. Across Minnesota, police and sheriffs have been using automated license plate readers for years to find stolen cars and aid investigations. Their spreading use and questions of data security, fueled by recent breaches of statewide databases, has focused attention on the lack of regulation.
A Starbuck man accused of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed a Minnesota coach's son has been sentenced to four years in prison.
President Barack Obama named a Minnesotan to one of the most powerful jobs in his administration on Friday when he announced Stillwater native Denis McDonough as his chief of staff.
The top-ranked Minnesota women's hockey team beat Wisconsin 2-0 on Friday, extending its NCAA-record winning streak to 33 and grabbing sole possession of the NCAA mark for consecutive games without a loss or tie.
A bankruptcy court judge has frozen the assets of the owners of a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.
The family of fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb says he's doing better after crashing his sport utility vehicle on a highway near St. Paul.
Nature is often the subject of Minnesotan Charles Beck's art. Beck, a master woodcut artist, draws on the natural environment in prints that capture his modern views of the surrounding landscape -- with its wooded hills and lakes, and nearby flat farm fields of the Red River valley. Beck is being honored this weekend as he celebrates his 90th birthday.
President Barack Obama's choice for chief of staff, Denis McDonough, is a native Minnesotan. MPR's Tom Crann spoke with his brother Fr. Kevin McDonough, a pastor at St. Peter Claver, Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and Incarnation Churches in St. Paul.
Hospice use in the United State is growing, yet myths and misunderstandings remain. What should families know?
In the essay "You Owe Me" Miah Arnold describes her experience as a writing teacher at the M.D. Anderson Childrens Cancer Hospital in Houston, Tex. She captures the spirits of the children she teaches who she has come to care about -- and the many for whom she has mourned.
Anne Denny was moved to start her own company to help people manage end-of-life issues after her mother's long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Has Wisconsin out muscled Minnesota the past two years on jobs and the economy? No. Basic economic measures continue to show Minnesota outperforming Wisconsin.
The state employee accused of accessing the records of 5,000 Minnesota drivers was identified Friday as the administrative manager of the Department of Natural Resources' Enforcement Division.
Several Minnesota farmers are out hundreds of thousands of dollars after they say a wind energy developer failed to keep its promises when installing small-scale wind turbines on their property.
Officials with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra say they are prepared to make contract concessions to end a 3-month lockout.
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a post-verdict settlement of $595,000 to a firefighter who successfully sued the city last month.
American Crystal Sugar Company has paid a fine of nearly $25,000 and taken action to correct air pollution violations.
In selecting Denis McDonough to be his next and fifth chief of staff, President Barack Obama is tapping a longtime confidant and unflappable ally to be his gatekeeper to the personalities and challenges that will confront him in his second term.
An American RadioWorks 2004 documentary, "Mandela: An Audio History." After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was freed in February 1990, and elected president of South Africa in 1994.
MPR News' Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Quartet," "Beware of Mr. Baker" and a couple of Douglas Sirk films in this week's Cube Critics.
Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, giving the annual "Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture" in 2009 at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. He had finished serving 12 years in the US Senate.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa, speaking Jan. 14, 2013 about immigration, guns and other controversial issues facing the country. He said immigration reform involves three basic questions: who we welcome, how we secure our borders and how we keep families together.
The BBC program "World Have Your Say" took reaction from people in Brazil to news that 231 people have been been killed by a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria.
Mike Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick and other Olympic paraphernalia
Minnesota's citizen soldiers are helping to lead the way for women in military combat roles. Gov. Dayton continues to find resistance to his just-released budget plans. We have an update on flu deaths. There's a new homeless count. And we hear another perspective on the racial incident at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. All that and more in today's MPR News Update.
The Twin-Cities branch of a shipping company says it plans to add 500 new jobs over the next five years.
Award-winning author Sebastian Faulks joins The Daily Circuit to talk about his latest novel "A Possible Life."
A South Dakota House committee has narrowly approved a bill that would allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns to protect against attacks like last month's school shooting in Connecticut.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it is going broke and wants a bankruptcy judge to allow it to suspend payments to attorneys and consultants.
Officials with the Minneapolis Fire Department say one firefighter was injured battling a three-alarm blaze which heavily damaged two south Minneapolis businesses, including a popular pizza joint.
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the weather.
President Obama signaled a renewed focus on climate change in his second inaugural address. But with Congress as gridlocked as ever, what can he do?
We've all heard complaints about Minnesota's cold weather in the last week or two, but some enterprising area photographers have been out capturing our frigid winter's beauty. Here's some of their work.
The Minneapolis school district is considering whether to change its curricula after an emotional community meeting on Wednesday night. Julie Landsman taught in Minneapolis public schools for more than 20 years and has since written several books on race. She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Even Americans who have never touched a gun are probably familiar with the looks and names of a few -- the military M16, the action-movie's Uzi, the historic Colt .45. But what's a high-capacity magazine? Which guns are "military style"? Why would a person use an assault weapon?
An Associated Press analysis found that there are thousands of laws, rules and regulations at the local, county, state and federal levels. The laws and rules vary by state, and even within states, according to a 2011 compilation of state gun laws by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
From Jimmy Stewart's fictional all-night talkathon to real-life dramas over World War I and civil rights, the Senate's filibuster has played a notable -- sometimes reviled -- role in the nation's history. Now the slow-moving, famously deliberative chamber has dialed it back, though modestly.
The tradition-laden Senate voted Thursday to modestly curb filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus rare in today's hyper-partisan climate to make it a bit harder but not impossible for outnumbered senators to sink bills and nominations.
The Minnesota National Guard's First Brigade Combat Team is one of nine brigades around the country helping to pilot the Pentagon's new policy lifting the restriction on women in combat.
The legislation has disturbing gaps that lawmakers should address.
Gov. Mark Dayton wants counties to pay millions of dollars more to help fund mental health treatment for patients at the Minnesota Security Hospital and the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center.
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are making big investments in their downtowns and hope to lure more residents to live there. But at the same time, the cities are taking steps to reduce the amount of parking available downtown. And that's alarmed some downtown residents.

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