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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Yellowstone National Park has transferred 20 bison to a Montana Indian tribe for slaughter under a plan to drastically reduce the size of the largest, genetically pure bison population in the U.S. (02/12/2014)
The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program started in 2005 to boost recruitment. It offered cash payments for referring applicants to the National Guard. But in recent weeks the Army has revealed that about 1,200 people are being criminally investigated for defrauding the program across the country. (02/12/2014)
Even though films and TV shows with significant levels of diversity earned the most revenue and ratings, the study found serious underrepresentation of nonwhite people and women among lead characters, TV show creators, writers, directors and the organizations that hand out big awards in show business. (02/12/2014)
This is the first deal to take advantage of a law enacted in 2012 to allow off-track betting. The agreement is subject to state and federal approval, but backers hope to get it operating during this year's racing season.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also identified the four officers involved in the shooting.
Babs was one of Sweden's most celebrated artists, and was appointed Royal Court Singer by the King. She found her voice later in Jazz, and in her collaborations with jazz musician Duke Ellington.
The court reversed a lower court ruling that questioned whether the deputy driving the marked SUV that struck a car driven by Jolene Vassallo should have been granted immunity.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent the surgery Wednesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. His family said in a statement he is doing fine and is expected to make a full recovery.
Andy Luger is an experienced litigator and is in private practice. He's a former federal prosecutor, and has been tapped to lead several independent investigations.
A University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered severe frostbite after spending the night outside in subzero temperatures has left the hospital and is back at her family's home in St. Cloud.
The college residential experience -- living on campus, walking to class and hanging out with classmates at night - may no longer be the domain of four-year colleges and universities.
For the first time since 2008 an ice bridge has formed across Lake Superior and is connecting Isle Royale to the mainland.
Chris Coleman told lawmakers a strike would keep students out of class after already missing five days of school in January because of cold weather. "To lose a couple months, it would just set us back so much so far."
Civil dialogue can be satisfying and exhilarating, says "On Being" host Krista Tippett. She talks to Kerri Miller about the importance of tolerant conversation on divisive issues.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying pending sexual abuse lawsuits could leave it with debts it couldn't pay. Its creditors include hundreds of people who have filed sexual abuse claims, a fraction of which would be eligible for payments under the reorganization plan.
The preliminary price tag on tomorrow's agenda is $6.6 million in capital improvements, up from the $3.5 million that the team and school initially estimated in a 2013 agreeement.
The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies.
Author Rae Katherine Eighmey explains how learning about Abe Lincoln's favorite dishes humanizes a legendary president.
Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain.
When bad weather shuts down school or delays its openings, it locks out many needy kids from a key source of nutrition. Some 70 percent of U.S. schoolchildren who eat school lunches get them for free or at reduced prices.
The success comes after years of struggling to get the laser to work and is another step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy.
The local Daily News says "there was no word this morning on the value of the vehicles that plunged into the hole." It adds that "sinkholes such as these aren't uncommon in the area, given the karst landscape," according to Jason Polk, an assistant professor of geography and geology at Western Kentucky University.
Hear Garrison Keillor's speech to the Fall 2013 Public Radio Program Directors conference. He says his radio education was all backwards, and suggests that nothing great is accomplished without enthusiasm. Keillor says public radio needs more cheerfulness and passion, and lectures by "people who know so much more than I do."
Reporter Brian Krebs says today that hackers started two months before the actual break-in to Target's servers, by sending the email threats to Target's suppliers.
In Sochi today, the US women's hockey team fell to their arch-rival Canada; the US men curlers finally notched a win, but the US women lost to China.
The median sales price for homes climbed to $179,900, about 12 percent higher than January last year.
Megan Agosta scored twice and assisted on Hayley Wickenheiser's goal to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Wednesday in a tense preview of the expected gold medal match.
Meanwhile, wearing flat caps, knee-length knickers and dark blue soccer socks, the stylish Norwegians beat Germany 8-5 for a third consecutive victory. "It was knickerbockers vs. lederhosen today," Norway curler Christoffer Svae said. "And the knickerbockers won."
A man was rescued near Duluth in subzero temperatures Tuesday morning after his car hit a guardrail and plunged down 50-75 feet, landing near Lake Superior, according to the Duluth Fire Department.
Today's music is from 90 years ago today when "Rhapsody in Blue" was performed live for the first time. Just a few weeks earlier, Paul Whiteman had commissioned George Gershwin to create a concerto-like piece for an all-jazz concert. This recording of Gershwin and the Whiteman Orchestra was made just a few months after that first performance in 1924.
The numbers come after Minnesota's educators have tried to improve test scores among African American, Latino, Asian and Native American students, with mixed results. Now, three quarters of Minnesota school districts are meeting, or are just a few points shy of meeting, the goals the state has set.
We're on a cusp, says Rep. Jen Wagenius. By that she means many Minnesotans are starting to think differently about water -- how much of it we have, how contaminated it is, how we should use it to make it last, what we pay for it.
She was arrested in Iowa and charged as 31-year-old Kristen R. Smith, of Denver. But court documents and warrants obtained by The Associated Press show the same woman faces other charges elsewhere as Kristen L. Pearson, who is 32.
Prosecutors say Peter Okezie Kalu had a typewritten note with him that said he planned to kill the judge who would serve as an example to other judges who think they can hurt ordinary people for no reason.
Logan County Chief Deputy Sheriff and Coroner Steve Engelhardt says 39-year-old Charles Sperle died in the yard of his farm near Napoleon on Monday afternoon.
The measure would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion being sought by a woman because of the gender of the fetus. A doctor also would have to ask a woman seeking an abortion whether she was doing so because of the gender of the fetus.
Erin and Justin Voss hope somehow the photos of their Jan. 17 wedding will resurface.
The licenses can be used to re-enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. If a Minnesota resident has one of these enhanced licenses, no other forms of ID are required for re-entry.
Rep. Frank Hornstein and Sen. Scott Dibble, both Minneapolis Democrats, will offer their bill in the legislative session that starts in two weeks.
What should the hospital do with Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa? His student visa expires at the end of the month. The hospital wants to send him back to Pakistan. His bills have reached $350,000 and his health insurance is tapped out, according to the family. "If we take him back to Pakistan this is certainly pushing him toward death," his brother tells the AP.
Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. On Nov. 13, he and his friends were driving back there from Minneapolis when their car struck a deer. He suffered major injuries, including brain damage. Meantime, his student visa has expired.
The paper is selling five blocks of downtown Minneapolis to developer Ryan Cos. for a planned $400 million development, including a massive new Wells Fargo office complex covering two city blocks.
Internal documents and interviews with insurance company officials, county workers and other stakeholders reveal a more complicated story of MNsure's problems than the explanations offered by management.
Joan Gorman is hard at work, restoring German artist Max Beckmann's "Blind Man's Buff." The 1944 work was painted in secret in Amsterdam for fear it would be confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis.
Rep. Rick Nolan didn't vote for the Affordable Care Act, but you might not know that listening to ads attacking the Minnesota Democrat this political season.
Two of them are remakes.

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