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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage. (02/19/2013)
General Mills, maker of breakfast staples such as Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt, backed its 2013 earnings forecast on Tuesday and said it plans to improve its profitability in the following fiscal year and return more cash to shareholders. (02/19/2013)
Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank in east-central Minnesota. (02/19/2013)
Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market.
A coalition of community and faith-based groups is asking the state Legislature to help fight youth homelessness. A proposal would provide $8 million to help homeless youth across Minnesota.
Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.
Ten days before a new deadline for broad, automatic government spending cuts, the sense of urgency that surrounded other recent fiscal crises is absent. Government agencies are preparing to absorb an $85 billion hit to their budgets, and politicians, at least for now, seem willing to accept the consequences.
State lawmakers have begun scrutinizing DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's spending plan for public education, which was the first piece of his budget proposal to be introduced in bill form. During a House committee hearing Tuesday, the chief sponsor of the bill mostly praised the governor's approach. But he also said he has some disagreements.
To get a sense of how Minnesota's newest legislators see the action at the Capitol, MPR News speaks with a pair of freshmen lawmakers throughout the session.
DMAA is a popular supplement with athletes, or people looking for a edge in their workout. But some side effects have the U.S. Food and Drug Administration looking into it.
A survey of residents suggests Minneapolis should improve snow plowing. Eighty percent of residents are satisfied with the current level of service, but the measure fell below a national benchmark.
A state senator has proposed allowing colleges to offer large not-for-credit online classes in Minnesota if they remain free of charge.
Opponents of the new mining process packed a legislative hearing to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to regulate the sand mining industry. But industry officials say such regulations will limit job growth and create unnecessary burdens on them.
Minnesota health officials on Tuesday said they plan to put new emphasis on oral health, saying it's an often-overlooked aspect of human health.
St. Paul will pay $1.7 million for design work on a new ballpark for the minor league Saints baseball team.
Stephanie Curtis , Cube Critic and The Daily Circuit social media host, will discuss what makes a great political thriller from "The Man Who Knew Too Much" to "The Lives of Others."
Memories of high school remain vivid in our memories long after we graduate. New science reveals more about the psychological effects that high school experiences have throughout our lives.
In his latest book "Bad Pharma," Ben Goldacre looks into the pharmaceutical industry practice of not publishing all clinical trial data regarding new drugs.
America's drone policy has come under increased scrutiny after an internal policy document leaked earlier this month shows the Obama administration's legal justification for targeted killings of Americans suspected to be in al-Qaeda.
To address the nation's debt problem, experts say Congress should first address Social Security -- the federal government's largest program.
Minnesota animal lovers who back a bill to tighten state regulations for professional dog and cat breeders are rallying at the Capitol.
Minnesota has accepted a federal offer to put more low-income people on a state-fashioned Medicaid program with the costs falling to the federal government.
A new Minneapolis restaurant, Butcher & the Boar, has been named a semifinalist in the the James Beard Awards as Best New Restaurant in the country. A record 17 Minnesota restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the awards, the pre-eminent competition that recognizes the culinary arts.
The American Federation of Musicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Two influential Minnesota Republicans discuss policies and political strategy for the Minnesota Republican Party's future, in an event at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.
Minnesota is becoming more ethnically diverse that it was decades ago. State demographer Susan Brower says nearly one of every five Minnesotans is a person of color.
The flu and other winter illnesses have led to a shortage of blood in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, and recent blizzard conditions have hindered efforts to collect more.
Today on the MPR News Update: The frac sand debate moves from southeastern Minnesota to the State Capitol today, Minnesota industry is doing a better job of scrubbing mercury from its emissions, we get a hot beverage on a cold day from a Twin Cities coffee shop that specializes in Arctic Circle home brew, and we'll hear from a woman who's Army sergeant son took his own life.
The city of St. Paul said it's finalized its contract with Ryan Cos. to build the new Saints ballpark in Lowertown. Construction is expected to be done in spring 2015.
The Minnesota Democrat said his visit to Mogadishu fulfills a request from his constituents with ties to Somalia. Minnesota has one of the largest populations of Somali-Americans in the U.S.
The Minnesota House is going back to full strength again with 134 members after DFLer Clark Johnson and Republican Tama Theis take the oath of office Tuesday.
Three people were killed in crashes on Minnesota roads Monday, including one on Interstate 94 during a winter storm that swept across the region.
Gov. Mark Dayton participated in an "Ask the Governor" event, moderated by former MPR host Gary Eichten, on Feb. 13, 2013 at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University. Eichten served as scholar-in-residence at St. John's that week. The event was held at the College of St. Benedict.
Monsanto's opponents argue that the company has tried to use patent law to control the supply of seeds for soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa. The result has been a dramatic rise in seed prices and reduced options for farmers, according to the Center for Food Safety.
Although veterans as a whole have a lower unemployment rate than the nation at large, younger veterans who served in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks are having a much harder time finding work.
South African prosecutors laid out their case Tuesday against sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charging that the Olympic and Paralympic athlete committed premeditated murder on Valentine's Day when he allegedly rose from bed, put on his prosthetic legs, walked to a locked bathroom door and fired through it four times -- killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but the US military is trying to understand the unique grieving process for families when the person lost is in the military. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the Minnesota mother of an Army sergeant who took his own life after coming home from Iraq about the matter.
Fire crews were called to Northern Metal, near Washington and Broadway avenues, just after 1 a.m.
For the past two years, cities and towns in southeastern Minnesota have been grappling with how to regulate frac sand mining. The debate over the issue is also creating some fault lines at the Capitol.
There's no shortage of coffee houses in the Twin Cities. But Chris Pesklo's new shop is the only one to highlight the Sami culture, sharing the coffee and customs of the indigenous people of far northern Scandinavia.
Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet?
With the Boy Scouts of America entangled in a furor over its ban on gays, lesser-known youth organizations across the ideological spectrum see an opportunity. They wonder if the turmoil might prompt some families to give them a closer look as options for their boys.
Some school officials are taking potential threats to school safety seriously, suspending or threatening to suspend small children over behavior their parents consider perfectly normal and age-appropriate.

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