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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Google is now doing a record billion translations on any given day, as much text as you'd find in 1 million books for everything from understanding school lunch menus to gathering national security intelligence. It translates in 65 languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish, and can be used on websites, with speech recognition and as an app on mobile phones even if there is no connection. (04/06/2013)
In the first episode of the first season of "Mad Men," Don Draper's next-in-line affair, Rachel Menken, hears his brutal philosophy: Love is nothing more than an ad man's myth, and everyone is born alone and dies alone. Stack up five years of equivalent cynicism and unfulfilled dreams and the result is a drama with a core of shattered glass, dazzling but menacing. (04/06/2013)
A seventh-grader from Edina has won a statewide geography contest and will represent the state at the national finals next month. (04/06/2013)
A former federal prosecutor will investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell for his relationship with a teenage girl.
An autistic teenager who went missing from White Bear Lake this week was found safe at a grocery store 20 miles away.
Nowhere is a harder line on immigration taken than in Arizona, where Republicans have a lock on statewide offices and dominate the Legislature. Advocates of tighter immigration restrictions point to Arizona as a model for how Republicans can maintain their tough stance on the issue and still win elections.
The number 42 has been retired from every team in Major League Baseball, and in recent years, teams have been eager for fans to remember why: It was the number Jackie Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he broke the sport's color barrier -- and began to break a new path in American history.
Nearly four years after the Great Recession ended, many Americans are still so discouraged that they've given up on the job market. Older Americans have retired early. Younger ones have enrolled in school. Others have suspended their job hunt until the employment landscape brightens. Some are collecting disability checks.
Minnesota lawmakers will consider a measure next week to fund the state's teacher evaluation system.
When Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page holds his foundation's annual gala on Saturday, he will officially release the children's book that he co-wrote with his daughter. Sales of "Alan and His Perfectly Pointy, Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky," will benefit the foundation.
A replacement for the historic swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park should be in place just in time for the fall color season.
Minnesota Republicans have elected former state representative Keith Downey as their new chairman.
The National Weather Service is using flood prediction models to help prevent pollution year-round.

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