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Friday, February 15, 2013

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A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn't much the world's scientists and generals can do about it. But some former astronauts want to give the world a fighting chance. (02/15/2013)
A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, causing a shockwave that blew out countless windows and injured more than a thousand people. (02/15/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton will make a quick trip to Norway next weekend to recognize Minnesota's 40-year-old troop exchange with the Scandinavian country. (02/15/2013)
Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner hid in a mountain condominium as a door-to-door manhunt took place outside and, after he finally made his break, apparently killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head amid a fierce gunbattle with police.
A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide after an early Friday morning car wreck killed two passengers in his car.
House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.
Minnesota-based Best Buy says its return policy is being shortened by half. However, the company's holiday price-matching promotion is becoming permanent.
Actor and director Randy Reyes will succeed founder Rick Shiomi as artistic director of St. Paul-based Mu Performing Arts.
There's nothing new about a roomful of guys playing video games. But at the National Guard's Camp Ripley in central Minnesota, one video game could have life or death consequences. The Guard is using simulators to train troops in very real and potentially deadly skills, from shooting to driving to combat.
Classes were in session Friday at Minneapolis South High School, the day after a lunch room brawl involving hundreds of students. School officials say they are trying to move beyond yesterday's fight, which some students say was caused by racial tension at the school. The incident has other districts examining how they respond to problems among groups of students.
A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet.
Former Minneapolis City Council member Jackie Cherryhomes will kick-off her campaign for mayor Saturday.
State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said Friday he is unsurprised by business community resistance to Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to expand the state sales tax to services and cut the tax rate.
Hennepin and Ramsey counties are suing a national registry of mortgages to recover unpaid fees.
It's a wrap, at a very crowded cube today as some news colleagues converged on The Cube Critics to talk movie trailers, and the costs of streaming versus renting.
A Chautauqua Lecture by presidential historian Richard Norton Smith about the ways American presidents have "retired." They have singular status, sometimes spend time defending their place in history, and are always on call to their successor and their country.
The plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings cleared one of its final hurdles on Friday as the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority picked Mortenson Construction as the project's general contractor.
Nearly 10,000 people bought trapping licenses this season in the state, more than any time in the past 25 years. The industry is controversial for some, and for others, a way of life.
Do U.S. immigration policies drive off skilled foreign graduates of American universities?
The Minnesota National Guard is using simulators to train troops in very real and potentially deadly skills -- from shooting to driving to combat. But some soldiers say the simulator's graphics are weak; they prefer Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Today on the MPR News Update: We find out who's going to build the Vikings stadium, the president takes time to praise on Sharing and Caring Hands, a massive brawl gives a black eye to Minneapolis South High School, and we've got video of that 10-ton meteor smacking into Russia.
Janitors who work for a company that cleans Twin Cities Target stores have reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over unpaid wages.
A new bill introduced this week in the state Senate would offer early learning scholarships to low-income families so they could send their 3- and 4-year-olds to quality preschool and child-care programs.
A winter storm blasted northern Minnesota, a broken water main flooded downtown St. Paul and adventurous surfers took to the Great Lake called Gitche Gumee.
Join in on an interview with an ice fisherman while he competes in the World Ice Fishing Championship in Wausau, Wis.
A Russian health official says nearly 1,000 people have sought help for injuries caused by a meteor that exploded in the sky, blasting out countless windows.
State Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambrdige, is one of three Minnesota senators introducing a bill to prohibit law enforcement agencies from using drones for evidence gathering. He joins The Daily Circuit Friday, Feb. 15 to further explain the bill.
A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 1,000 people and frightened countless more.
Six years ago this month, DFLer Al Franken launched his campaign for U.S Senate against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. After a long recount, Franken won by just 312 votes. For some it appeared Franken might be an easy target in 2014, but it's not playing out that way -- at least for now.
Students who need to hold jobs are in school because they're motivated.
For 65,000 students in Minnesota, English is not their first language. The state spends $40 million annually to help those students learn English, while they also study math, reading, writing, and other subjects. Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by 12 percent a year, in hopes of increasing student test scores.
In a crowd, Todd Clouser could be just another guy whose struggles are his own quiet secrets. But on the stage, he's a monster, pouring out guitar riffs with electrified ease. Clouser and his band A Love Electric performs Saturday at the Icehouse restaurant in Minneapolis.
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. The failures include sloppy documentation, dirty equipment, faulty techniques and ignorance of basic scientific procedures, according to reports released Thursday. Lab employees even used Wikipedia as a "technical reference" in at least one drug case.
In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

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