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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, now have cell phones. Nearly half of those are smartphones. (03/12/2013)
Boy Scouts, Parents Deliver Petition To Boy Scout
Faced with a backlash against their ban on gays, the Boy Scouts of America are surveying their members on a potential change in policy. (03/12/2013)
Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies, and one of the new owners says the spongy cream-filled snacks could be back on shelves by summer. (03/12/2013)
Drilling into a rock near its landing spot, the Curiosity rover has answered a key question about Mars: The red planet long ago harbored some of the ingredients needed for primitive life to thrive.
Results of a University of Minnesota study into cancer rates among Iron Range miners will be made public next month.
The chair of a key legislative committee says supporters of a plan that relies on more than $500 million to help the Mayo Clinic expand in Rochester should go back to the drawing table. In a hearing Tuesday, House Taxes Committee chair Ann Lenczewski said she has deep concerns about the plan's financing.
A bill aiming to boost Minnesota's adoption rate from foster care, currently the second-lowest in the nation, will get a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, is out with "Sticks and Stones," a look at bullying in America and how it has become more complex. Is the term "bullying" being overused in the education system?
If you're stuck in what feels like a dead-end job, how do you know when it's safe to leave for something better? We'll get advice to help you find the best job or make the most of what you have.
Computer-generated images have become a staple of modern movies. But at what cost? Some critics think an over-reliance on CGI has undermined the art of film.
Networking is a key to success in the professional world, but minorities face unique challenges in building connections. There are methods young minority members can use to connect with others.
If "Watson" the IBM computer can win a few rounds of Jeopardy, it can certainly crunch piles of data. But can it diagnose your illness?
Gov. Mark Dayton says his revised budget plan will include the same spending increases for education and economic development as his original proposal from six weeks ago, but he's hinting that the $500 property tax rebate from his first plan is likely to be scrapped.
Community and religious leaders from north Minneapolis spoke out Tuesday against a proposed gun bill at the Capitol.
Closing arguments are under way Tuesday in the racketeering trial of three men in a Native American gang.
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been a problem for many military members returning from combat zones. Now the military is looking more closely at whether its canine members suffer from PTSD in the same ways.
Today on the MPR News Update: Hearings open on same-sex marriage at the Capitol, the Ojibwe take ownership of two St. Paul hotels, more TurboTax problems, worries about pollution from triclosan and nanoparticles, and more.
Ojibwe women are walking with a pot of water from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
Twin Cities home sales faltered in February, dropping about 5 percent from the same month a year earlier.
Dayton says the plan will include funds to renovate the Minneapolis Veterans Home and the expansion of civic centers in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud.
Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has received its first favorable vote.
The appointed Compensation Council voted Monday night for a package of proposed pay hikes for the governor, legislators, judges and state agency heads.
The folks at Target Field are getting ready to welcome the Twins home from spring training. They took the tarp off of the infield last week, and they'll have a new seating arrangement waiting for fans out by the right field foul pole, below the big entrance plaza.
House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost.
Committees in the House and Senate will hold hearings today on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Groups on both sides of the issue are especially focused on newly elected Democrats from rural Minnesota.
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler is at the state Capitol this week to discuss the school's efforts to reduce administrative costs.
Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to vote on -- and likely pass -- bills to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday.
Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too. People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study.
Twins minor league pitcher Deolis Guerra has been moved to intensive care at a Florida hospital because of a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.
A bill that would further regulate methadone treatment clinics in Minnesota was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Monday night.
A state Senate panel on Tuesday will consider making Minnesota the first state to ban triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soap.
The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis.

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