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Thursday, February 14, 2013

What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it's an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, anti-social and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies. (02/14/2013)
Synthetic pot
Health officials say synthetic marijuana has been linked to kidney damage in some teens and young adults. (02/14/2013)
American Airlines
A merged American Airlines and US Airways will carry more passengers around the world than any other, but even the biggest airline flying doesn't need eight hub airports on the ground. (02/14/2013)
Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems."
The president of the National Congress of American Indians urged the House on Thursday to pass the Violence Against Women Act so Native Americans and Alaska Natives can "protect their own people and surrounding communities against brutality."
President Barack Obama reached out to an online audience Thursday, taking questions on deadly subjects like drones and gun violence while also musing about the anachronism of pennies and the "chill" factor in Hawaii.
Patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder may be able to regain some vision using a new implantable device that takes the place of damaged cells inside the eye.
The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits.
Minnesota health officials confirm nine more flu-related deaths.
The Internal Revenue Service has a message for taxpayers eager to learn the status of their tax refund: Please don't check the IRS website every five minutes -- once a day is enough.
University of St. Thomas trustees have broken with tradition and named as woman as president-elect. Every previous president in the 128-year history of the school has been a Catholic priest.
The company planning the first proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota says it has made several environmental improvements to the project.
It's not uncommon for Mary Jo Copeland to be greeted with bear hugs or hand clapping as she enters a room at Sharing and Caring Hands, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit that provides those in need with everything from food to shelter. The tireless mother of 12 has been touching the lives of the impoverished since she started Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985. Copeland is being recognized Friday by President Barack Obama for the work she has done in the Twin Cities community. Copeland will be awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor, for her charitable efforts. We spent a morning with her recently at Sharing and Caring Hands.
Supporters of the University of North Dakota's retired nickname made one last push to restore the Fighting Sioux moniker Thursday in front of a three-judge appeals panel in St. Paul, Minn.
A bill that would finance redevelopment around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester is starting to move through the Legislature.
Could you live in a home that is less than 1,000 square feet? What about 100 square feet? We'll explore the small house movement and how it's changing the way some people look at their lives architecturally, socially and environmentally.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out for five months, with few signs that it will be ending anytime soon. Orchestra President Michael Henson and principal cellist Tony Ross will join us to talk about the state of the negotiations.
Our panelists examine the meaning of Black History Month in 2013. Does relegating the history of black Americans to one month do justice to the contributions they've made to American society?
The BBC looks at sex, from humans to seaweeds, and why a mystery bug two billion years ago invented sexual reproduction.
Mary Jo Copeland, founder and director of Sharing and Caring Hands, says she is humbled by her choice as a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. Copeland will receive the award at the White House tomorrow. She spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about her charitable work providing meals and shelter to thousands of people in the Twin Cities every year since 1985.
Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd speaks at the National Press Club about the movie industry, sex and violence in the movies, internet piracy, and the controversy over torture scenes in the movie, "Zero Dark Thirty."
Hundreds of students got into a brawl at Minneapolis South High School Thursday afternoon, after a food fight spun out of control. Four people suffered minor injuries.
Workers at larger employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year.
Today on the MPR News Update: A suspect is charged in the Oakdale shootings, the same sex marriage push has begun at the state Capitol, Gov. Dayton's tax proposal has Minnesota counties crying foul, childhood victims of abuse don't want prosecutions to be limited by time, and the Walker's Internet Cat Video Festival is on the move.
Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work. The reports they filed following their reviews were made public Thursday.
The newly-announced merger of American Airlines and US Airways will get some scrutiny from a Senate subcommittee on antitrust policy chaired by DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July.
Passing a farm from one generation to the next is often complicated. Family grudges can get in the way. Medical bills can force a quick sale. Or farmers might not have children to take over. Even if they do, the kids might not be interested in milking cows or driving tractors. The dilemma is heightened when it comes to sustainable farms.
We are many centuries into our species' experiment with love and we still don't have a clue whether it's a matter of luck, a matter of fate, or a conspiracy between the two. We know this: Nothing can affect history the way love can. The love story of Gord and Norma McKinnon, of Rochester, provides but one example.
The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth, but US Airways CEO Doug Parker will run it.
Anoka County sheriff's officials say a couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide had received an eviction notice.
Authorities in Morton County last month seized 199 horses and officials in Burleigh County confiscated 38 horses, after the discovery of 99 dead horses.
Military and first responder couples will be among those who tie the knot.
A Minneapolis couple has donated about $8 million to Marquette University in Milwaukee to establish a journalism fellowship.
Cat video fans need worry no more. Not only will the Walker Art Center's biggest hit of last year return, it's going to be bigger, and at a new historic venue - the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.
Some futurists think we're on the verge of radical longevity.
The number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process fell in January to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom, a consequence of a package of state laws aimed at stemming foreclosures that went into effect in California at the beginning of the year.
About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.
One of the country's poorest Native American tribes wants to buy a historically significant piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were killed, but tribal leaders say the nearly $4 million price tag for a property appraised at less than $7,000 is just too much.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets.
The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota takes center stage today at the State Capitol when supporters gather for a St. Valentine's Day rally aimed at highlighting their cause. Lawmakers are preparing for the anticipated debate, even though actual legislation has not yet been introduced.
South African Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend," The Associated Press reports from Pretoria. Thirty-year-old Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed inside Pistorius' home early Thursday, police say.

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