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Friday, April 12, 2013

The International Monetary Fund announced Friday that it is recognizing Somalia's new government after a 22-year break in relations with the once-chaotic country, part of a general push by the United States, United Nations and the West toward encouraging rehabilitation there. (04/12/2013)
Lincoln impersonators
This is a huge weekend for Abraham Lincoln as impersonators of the Great Emancipator gather in Columbus. The 19th annual convention of the Association of Lincoln Presenters has attracted around three dozen Abes in chin beards and full regalia, along with 30 or so Mary Todd Lincolns and various other Civil War-era figures. (04/12/2013)
Aaron Schaffhausen
Jurors at the insanity trial of a man who admitted killing his three young daughters viewed graphic photos Friday of the Wisconsin scene where the children's bodies were found. (04/12/2013)
A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them.
Disposing of debris is one of the big issues facing ice-storm-damaged southwest Minnesota.
Opponents of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota have kicked off a statewide bus tour.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, speaking at the National Press Club about his documentary airing Tuesday on PBS, "The Central Park Five." He says the film asks if there is liberty and justice for all in America, or only for some. It tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
"The Fabulous Ice Age," a documentary that chronicles the heyday of touring ice skating shows like the Ice Follies and Ice Capades, is premiering this weekend at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause.
With the farm belt's soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.
The British and the Americans are quarreling -- albeit with tongues in cheek -- over territory again, this time over who has the world's smallest park.
Film critic Ken Turan joins the show to discuss what makes a documentary great and how the art form is changing.
Patients don't really want to know how expensive their health care is, but the more patients know, the lower the cost. What is the consumer's role in lowering health care costs?
The city of St. Paul outlined some practical tips for residents if they spot a coyote. Coyotes sightings have recently increased and spring is the season when they are "most aggressive," the city warned in a press release issued Friday.
A bill introduced in Congress on Friday would fix the conflict between the federal government's marijuana prohibition and state laws that allow medical or recreational use.
A top Senate Democrat says the altered funding plan to help the Mayo Clinic expand needs work before moving forward.
A Minnesota man who came forward with sexual abuse allegations against a former Shattuck-St. Mary's School teacher stemming from a 1980 incident has joined the push to amend state law to give victims more time to file lawsuits against their perpetrators.
Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr offer three angles on Danny Boyle's newest movie "Trance" in this week's Cube Critics.
Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. Please report your score in the comments section.
Biblical texts set to music are a church tradition, but when you add the element of jazz, it expands its artistic reach.
Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.
Kim Kardashian appeared in court Friday for a hearing aimed at settling her divorce case from NBA player Kris Humphries.
These "hacker boot camps" promise to teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers, with starting salaries between $80,000 and $100,000, often within days or weeks of graduation.
Each year it occurs, the fight against flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area becomes more of a class war. A sociology professor at Concordia College in Moorhead felt differently when he first moved to the region a few years ago. Then he found himself sandbagging around "McMansions."
Opponents of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota highlighted a new study today that they believe furthers their cause.
A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.
The owner of a restaurant in small southern Minnesota city is offering a discount to customers 'packing heat.'
A school in Arlington, Minn., is leading the way to show how institutions might extend the season for local food -- by freezing it. But the labor is intensive and financial savings are uncertain.
Weather was the headline story this week, but we also had time for a visit with a master falconer and a sheep farm where lambing season is underway. All that and more in our photos of the week.
Lenny Russo, chef and owner of Heartland Restaurant in St. Paul, has been in Slovenia for about two weeks as part of a cultural exchange with the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia. Russo's also recently been named to the American Chef Corps, a new cultural partnership through the State Department.
Power has been restored to 134 customers in downtown Minneapolis after an underground fire led to an outage after 6 a.m. Friday.
Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration from the president. In the past, tribes needed to make a disaster request through a state governor, the same process counties follow.
A new movie about the Duluth-based band Low will premiere tonight at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.
The federal budget cuts known as the sequestration could mean fewer poor families will receive rent subsidies from the Metropolitan Council's Section 8 housing program.
Volunteers in Fargo have reached the goal of filling one million sandbags in advance of anticipated spring flooding.
Minnesota's bears are emerging from hibernation, but wildlife managers say there's no need for alarm - just preparation.
Police say the woman whose body was found in a Detroit Lakes apartment died of "arrow injuries to the chest."
A major spring storm with freezing rain and heavy snow is moving out of the Dakotas, but another one might be right on its heels.
Target plans to rename some shoes it sells because it used a word not pleasant for Spanish speakers.
A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.
Mayo Clinic is dropping a complicated tax plan that relies on more than $500 million in state funds to make improvements in Rochester in favor of a plan that would rely on a more direct contribution from the state.
Mark Dayton may have dropped the idea, but Democrats in the Minnesota Senate will push for an expansion of the state sales tax to clothing and many personal services, while also lowering the tax rate.
Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases.
A U.S. intelligence report concludes that North Korea has advanced its nuclear knowhow to the point that it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, a jarring revelation in the midst of bellicose threats from the unpredictable communist regime.
Nearly two-thirds of African-American boys with disabilities in St. Paul Public Schools were suspended from school at least once during the 2009-10 school year, according to a new study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. That's nearly double the national average and more than seven times the rate for the general student body in the St. Paul schools.

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