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Monday, April 15, 2013

President Obama
A stony-faced President Barack Obama declared that those responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon "will feel the full weight of justice," but he urged a nervous nation not to jump to conclusions. Top lawmakers declared the deadly incident an act of terrorism, and a White House official said it was being treated that way. (04/15/2013)
Cartoon by Steve Sack
The New York Times won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the award for investigative reporting for stories that detailed how Wal-Mart used bribery to expand in Mexico. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis won two awards. (04/15/2013)
Taxes
Here's a little secret for all you procrastinators on Tax Day: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but as long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there is no penalty for filing a few days late. (04/15/2013)
Text of President Barack Obama's remarks following the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon.
With little official information to guide them, members of Congress said Monday there was scant or no doubt that the deadly Boston Marathon explosions were acts of terrorism and vowed to bring anyone responsible to justice.
The next Guthrie Theater season will feature a broad range of classics and contemporary plays, as well as presentations by several visiting and local companies.
Two more weeks of performances by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra were canceled by management today, despite reaching a tentative labor agreement with musicians last week.
While gold has been gradually falling since hitting a peak of $1,900 in August 2011, the sell-off accelerated late last week.
The House Transportation Finance Committee Monday approved a bill that would allow all counties to impose an optional half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements. The bill would also boost funding for greater Minnesota transit.
More than 500 Minnesotans were among the thousands who ran the Boston Marathon today. One of those who narrowly escaped deadly explosions was Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam.
A tax increase on alcohol has been added to the list of ways Minnesota House Democrats are proposing to help balance the state's budget and spend more money for schools.
So far authorities have not found any evidence that tens of thousands of poached fish have ended up on dinner plates at Minnesota restaurants.
Surly Brewing Co. has purchased a site in the Prospect Park area of Minneapolis to build a new brewery and taproom.
Dennis Lehane's new novel "Live by Night" follows the son of a Boston police captain as he becomes a successful and powerful bootlegger in Ybor City, Fla.
The labor force participation rate has been falling since the recession began and is now at its lowest point since 1979. Who's dropping out of the workforce and what can be done to fix it?
Evidence shows that empathy is wired into our brains evolutionarily, biochecmically and neurologically. Two scientists join us to discuss the latest research on empathy.
Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring at least 130 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said.
State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, had finished the Boston Marathon and was away from the finish line by the time two explosions hit Monday, according to a staffer in his office. Dibble was fine and didn't hear or see anything, the staff member said.
The Boston Marathon says that bombs caused the two explosions heard at the finish line and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened.
Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon.
The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See's crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns' own social outreach would take a different approach than his predecessor.
More than 40 people now face charges in Minnesota's worst fish black marketing case in the last 20 years, state and tribal officials said Monday.
Distance runner Kara Goucher, who grew up in Duluth, finished in sixth place in the Boston Marathon Monday morning.
An outpatient program at Hennepin County Medical Center opens Monday to help pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing mental health problems.
Special coverage from Boston public radio station WBUR on the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday.
This spring is seriously turning into a mental health challenge for most Minnesotans. "Reluctant" doesn't even begin to describe this "spring" in Minnesota anymore. But there are some silver linings, in the Updraft blog. Above, shoveling snow at Target Field last week.
The mixed precipitation in the Twin Cities metro area will continue for a while this afternoon before changing over to all rain. As a result, the Winter Weather Advisory for the metro area has been extended until 4 p.m.
Tom Perez, President Obama's nominee to lead the Labor Department has been one of the most aggressive advocates for civil rights in decades. But Senate Republicans are focusing on his role in a St. Paul, Minn., housing case as a way of trying to prevent his nomination from going through.
The St. Cloud Times reports that the teammates' flowing tresses were destined for Locks of Love.
Minnesota Power is holding public meetings over the next two weeks in northern Minnesota to talk about a proposed 500 kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line that would run from the northwest corner of the state, to Hermantown.
The Minnesota House is set to vote Monday on a funding package for economic development programs, foreign trade offices and job training.
The Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to vote Monday on a transportation spending bill that would allow all counties to impose a half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements.
After six failed attempts, a bill that would require dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to obtain licenses could begin to move through the Legislature this year, thanks to the efforts of animal welfare advocates who contend it is far too easy for breeders to peddle animals online.
For some people, big changes under the federal health care law cannot come soon enough. The law takes full effect in January, and before then many people will enter health insurance limbo as they lose coverage, including some who will age out of their parents' plans. The precise number of those losing their insurance is unclear, but researchers indicate it could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union members are headed back to work after the union voted over the weekend to accept the company's contract offer. Union members, who have been locked out at five factories in the Red River Valley since August 2011, expect a bumpy return to their old jobs.
Wisconsin's domestic violence laws would be strengthened under measures pushed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers after a mass shooting by the estranged husband of an abuse victim.
Legislation at the State Capitol would impose new requirements on dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. The bill would license operations with 10 or more breeding animals that produce more than five litters a year, and these breeders would be subject to annual inspections by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
The Minnesota House and Senate introduced higher education bills last week that are focused on keeping college costs in check. The bills include a two-year freeze on tuition at state schools.

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