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Monday, February 11, 2013

A worldwide Catholic conversation that many church-watchers say effectively stopped when Benedict XVI was elected pope eight years ago has been rekindled by his announced plan to resign at month's end. (02/11/2013)
An earthquake was detected Tuesday in North Korea just north of a site where the country has conducted nuclear tests. Neither Pyongyang nor Seoul confirmed whether the tremor resulted from a widely anticipated third nuclear test, though an analyst in Seoul said a nuclear detonation was a "high possibility." (02/11/2013)
The U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. (02/11/2013)
Hundreds of schools in the nation's largest cities are sitting empty as education officials struggle to sell these potentially valuable properties that are a drain on school district finances, a studay says.
A government study says one in four consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency.
Want to name Pluto's two tiniest moons? Then you'll need to dig deep into mythology.
A group proposes to raises $750,000 a year to help the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra avoid cuts.
Some Duluth business leaders are concerned that the governor's plan to tax clothing and many professional services could hurt Duluth employers. But there is confusion and little clarity about how the tax plan would would affect business and competition.
Insurance industry and law enforcement officials told a Minnesota Senate committee Monday that insurance fraud is a growing problem in the state.
What should people in their 20s and 30s be doing to prepare for retirement?
Transit expansion was the focus of the Metropolitan Council's annual State of the Region speech Monday in St. Paul.
Part 1: Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2008 "TED Talk" about Abraham Lincoln and the presidency. Part 2: Excerpt from a BBC documentary about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Starting at 8:58pm on June 8, the arts will have their night - all night - in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul.
Minnesota lawmakers are moving this week to take the federal government up on a health care offer: By making more low-income people eligible for the Medical Assistance program they're getting the U.S. government to temporarily foot the extra costs.
The Republican Party's problems with minority voters have preoccupied strategists since November, and it's possible those difficulties will persist or worsen.
Once in office, Benedict never shied from charting the Catholic Church on the course he thought it needed -- a determination reflected in his stunning announcement Monday that he would be the first pope to resign since 1415.
Today on the MPR News Update: We're still counting snowfall totals and school closures from a two-day winter storm, Pope Benedict surprises Minnesota Catholics with his resignation, and the Okee Dokee Brothers win a Grammy.
The Minnesota Senate has confirmed three Dayton administration commissioners.
Pope Benedict XVI's surprise decision to step down for health reasons prompted both disappointment and hope among the Catholic faithful in Minnesota.
Shock, sadness and declarations of faith met Pope Benedict XVI's announcement Monday that he would retire Feb. 28. Here's a look at reaction from around the world.
The state Department of Natural Resources is set to convene the first meeting of a new citizen trout management task force.
Residents shaken by a tornado that mangled homes in Mississippi were waking up Monday to a day of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.
As electricity returns and highways reopen, some Northeast residents tried to get back to their weekday routines Monday following the massive snowstorm that had millions digging out from New York to Maine.
A two-day storm dumped as much as 18 inches of snow across Minnesota over the weekend, closing a major interstate and prompting snow emergencies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and some suburbs.
A two-day storm dumped as much as 18 inches of snow across Minnesota over the weekend, closing a major interstate and prompting snow emergencies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and some suburbs.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old to carry on. Here is the text of his announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.
For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28. With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict VXI did Monday what no pope has done in half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Catholic Church scrambling to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.
The plan would cost the jobs of some of the people it's meant to help.
Crisis intervention training is helping prison workers who deal with mentally ill people in crisis. The Minnesota Department of Corrections is providing the voluntary training, recognizing that correctional officers have long been on the front lines in the response to mental illness.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills.
A new cooking program beginning this week aims to improve the health of Native American families in the Twin Cities metro area.
Auto insurance companies say there has been a surge in false and exaggerated personal injury claims in the state in recent years. The trend is on the agenda of a hearing Monday at the state Capitol.
Pope Benedict says his age and poor health are forcing him to step down at the end of this month. The 85-year-old pope made the surprising announcement today during a meeting of Vatican cardinals.

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