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Friday, March 15, 2013

Collision of particles
We've explained it many times: Physicists are irked when we in the media call the Higgs Boson, "The God Particle." (03/15/2013)
Tornado
With the planet heating up, many scientists seem fairly certain some weather elements like hurricanes and droughts will worsen. But tornadoes have them stumped. (03/15/2013)
Monsignor Jerome Boxleitner
Monsignor Jerome Boxleitner has died. The one-time parish priest was the founding force behind what is today known as Catholic Charities. (03/15/2013)
North Dakota on Friday moved closer to adopting what would be the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly approved two anti-abortion bills Friday, one banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and another prohibiting women from having the procedure because a fetus has a genetic defect.
The NHL will shuffle its teams before next season, moving from three divisions in each conference to a total of four divisions in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The league's owners approved the plan Thursday; the players' association gave its OK last week.
Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Friday confirmed the brown marmorated stink bug has been found in Duluth. It's the first time the invasive pest has been found in St. Louis County.
A challenging clean-up job continues on the Red Cedar River near Menomonie, along Interstate 94.
MPR's Tom Scheck sums up the week's events at the Capitol.
A Minneapolis restaurant owner and businessman hopes to build a museum to preserve the culture of his homeland.
The federal government sequestration cut will eliminate hundreds of stream flow gages nationwide, including a few in Minnesota. The gages are used for flood forecasting and water quality monitoring.
The Dakota County Attorney's office filed burglary charges this week against an Eden Prairie man suspected of breaking into several assisted-living complexes.
Dr. John Kersey, leader of the U of M team that successfully completed the world's first bone marrow transplant for lymphoma in 1975, has died at the age of 74.
Two experts on the impact of digital technology on children's educational, emotional and social development discuss their ideas at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. Howard Gardner of Harvard and James Steyer of Stanford and Common Sense Media say there are extraordinary opportunities, and very big challenges.
The North Dakota Senate on Friday approved banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, sending what would be the most stringent abortion restrictions in the U.S. to the state's Republican governor for his signature.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue still isn't sure flaws in Intuit's TurboTax tax preparation software have been fixed.
Karen Mueller is one of the country's top dulcimer and autoharp players, classically trained, steeped in Appalachian, Celtic and folk music. But this weekend, the Minneapolis musician tries something new: performing a rarely heard classical work with a chamber group.
Repairs following an accident in late 2011 at Xcel's Sherco power plant are proving more difficult to fix than company officials originally thought.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is now supporting same-sex marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay.
Today on the MPR News Update were following gun, health care and budget battles at the Legislature. Also, we hear from Catholics reacting to news of a new pope, crime-fighting help for the White Earth reservation, Lou Belamy on the Penumbra Theatre's ordeal, and more.
Al Franken's going back to his comedic roots as he ramps up his re-election efforts. The former Saturday Night Live writer's campaign announced today that late night comic Conan O'Brien will host a major fundraiser for Franken in Los Angeles next month.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet's Bill Huntzicker has an interesting round up on the neighbors nervously eyeing the prospect of Vikings games at TCF Bank Stadium -- likely starting in August of 2014.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis said "Stoker" lacked human character, and they also discuss "Lore" and "Like Someone in Love" in this week's Cube Critics.
A man and a woman are presumed drowned in Sioux Falls after a fast-moving, icy river dragged them away as they tried to save a 6-year-old child who had fallen in, fire officials said Friday.
The Radisson in downtown Duluth is expected to remain closed through the weekend after a water line broke and flooded parts of the hotel's basement causing its guests to find other accommodations.
County records show a development company paid $12.5 million for the former Verso Paper Corp. property in central Minnesota.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says the income tax increase on top earners in his revised budget plan is all about fairness. But his proposal to raise the tobacco tax by 94 cents a pack will disproportionately hit Minnesotans of modest means.
Join us for a Q&A and with Grand Marais, Minn. photographer Bryan Hansel about some of the beautiful images he's captured this winter.
This week, we were there as mushers and their teams started on the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northern Minnesota, heard passionate testimony at the Capitol during a hearing on same-sex marriage, and checked in with Catholics celebrating their new leader.
A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota is open again after being closed this morning because of inclement weather.
A bill that would require background checks for nearly all gun buyers will get a vote by the full Minnesota Senate after the Judiciary Committee approved it Thursday night. The bill cleared the committee on a straight party-line vote: Five DFLers voted for the bill and three Republicans voted against it.
Landmark health insurance legislation is on its way to the Minnesota Senate after the House on Wednesday night approved a bill enacting a Minnesota health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care act health care law.
William Alexander was as surprised as anyone when he won the National Book Award for his debut novel "Goblin Secrets." His second book, "Ghoulish Song" is now in bookstores and he's pondering what it all means.
Federal help to fight crime is coming to a northern Minnesota Indian reservation. The U.S. Department of Justice announces Friday that White Earth will be the first reservation in the country to be awarded a shared jurisdiction. It means tribal, state and federal authorities will now share responsibility for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill may dramatically limit green cards for extended families of U.S. citizens, reserving them for immediate family members instead, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide.
The North Dakota Senate on Friday approved banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, sending what would be the most stringent abortion restrictions in the U.S. to the state's Republican governor for his signature.

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