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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Authorities say a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. (04/18/2013)
Over Republican objections, the Minnesota House voted Thursday night to increase fees for water use. (04/18/2013)
Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE. (04/18/2013)
Bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is causing more and more food poisonings, health officials said Thursday.
Air traffic controller furloughs scheduled to kick in on Sunday could result in flight delays of more than three hours in Atlanta, as well as significant delays in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York-area airports, federal officials said Thursday.
MetroTransit officials say they've hired a contractor to investigate employees at their Hiawatha light-rail facility.
Minnesota has confirmed two more flu-related deaths, bringing the state's influenza death toll to 190 so far this season.
Wolf hunting opponents have put off an effort for now to get Minnesota lawmakers to stop wolf trapping.
A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Minnesota couple accused of starving their 8-year-old adopted son, calling him the victim of preventable circumstances.
People who can pickles or bake brownies to sell at Minnesota roadside stands or farmers' markets will still need a license if they want to peddle more than $5,000 of their product.
An angry president Obama said Wednesday that it was a shameful day in Washington after the U.S. Senate failed to take up the issue of expanded background checks.
The federal government has seized 60 military-style rifles that prosecutors believe were bought by an unlicensed gun seller in Minnesota.
A former Minneapolis Police officer facing criminal sexual conduct charges in Anoka County was charged with similar offenses Thursday involving young girls in Hennepin County.
A proposed record boost in the state's main post-secondary financial aid program is drawing criticism from student leaders at Minnesota state colleges and universities, who say they wouldn't get their fair share of the increase.
State officials say Minnesota's anhydrous ammonia plants are regularly inspected for their handling of the popular farm fertilizer, one of the suspected causes of Wednesday's deadly explosion in West, Texas.
Many flights in or out of the Twin Cities airport are being canceled or delayed because of bad weather here and elsewhere around the country.
Management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today it has reached an agreement on electronic media rights with the American Federation of Musicians. A tentative local contract agreement with the locked out musicians was dependant on reaching a deal with the AFM. Management says it will end the lockout on Tuesday if SPCO musicians to accept the local deal by 5 p.m. Monday.
Our latest April "winter storm" is in full gear in Minnesota today. Get the latest snowfall reports and storm trends here as the storm rages.
The FBI released this video Thursday, April 18, 2013, showing two men considered suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.
New data are showing the first major improvement in Minnesota's drought situation since last fall. An updated map from the U.S. Drought Monitor rates two-thirds of Minnesota as still being in drought. But that's a significant improvement from 98 percent previously.
Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose support they need if the bill comes up for a vote later this spring.
The Red River of the North floods nearly every year, and residents who live nearby are used to it. But the trend in recent history is toward ever larger floods and ever higher record crests. If that continues, at some point there will be a Red River flood that Fargo-Moorhead cannot defend against.
A Wisconsin writer and first responder gives his perspective on volunteer fire departments and the people who serve on them.
Tom Dooher, president of the state's teachers' union, Education Minnesota, faces a challenge from Denise Specht as he seeks a third term next week.
There are over a billion cars in the world today, and there could be as many as four billion by the middle of the century. So how will we keep the roads moving and prevent pollution rising? Theo Leggett meets the people developing new cars that can fold, drive themselves and even communicate with each other.
On the 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we discuss the lessons to be learned from the investigation and what to look for in the current investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.
A second Iowa campaign adviser to Republican former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the Minnesota congresswoman improperly paid an Iowa state senator to work on her 2012 campaign in the months before last year's Iowa caucuses.
Aviation officials on Sao Tome island waited 24 hours before reporting the disappearance of an American pilot and his small aircraft off the coast of West Africa, the missing man's family said on Wednesday.
Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped a notch to 5.4 percent in March, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The city of Moorhead has learned some lessons about flood preparation after three consecutive years of major flooding.
Once-lost images have now gone on display at Bemidji State University, where they'll be part of the permanent collection at the American Indian Resource Center.
President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won't stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association
Paul Kevin Curtis, the 45-year-old Mississippi man arrested Wednesday in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is "better known to some as a celebrity impersonator."
President Barack Obama is among the speakers Thursday at an interfaith service in Boston honoring the three people killed and 170 injured when a pair of bombs ripped through the crowd gathered Monday afternoon near the finish line of the famous race.
In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March's sluggish hiring may be temporary.
A survey of Minnesota's manufacturing executives shows that the cost of healthcare is one of their top concerns.
Last night in Boston, 17,565 assembled for the first sporting event in the city since the last one was targeted by terrorists. Inside the Boston Garden were Republicans, Democrats, people who want more gun control, people who hate the idea of any gun control, those who embrace Obamacare, those who don't, the 1 percent, and the 99 percent. All sang the national anthem together.
A Minnesota man who did not have a license to buy and sell firearms is accused of purchasing dozens of assault rifles at local stores, then illegally reselling them online at a profit -- to apparently help pay for his mother's mortgage and veterinary bills for a dog, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income dropped 14 percent, as the nation's largest health insurer paid out more for medical claims and booked a smaller gain due to leftover insurance claims.
Rescue workers searched rubble that witnesses compared to a war zone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin.
Officials on the Iron Range are meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials to discuss how to relocate a major highway in the region. Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia must be moved to make way for an open pit taconite mine expansion. But a newly proposed option would completely bypass both towns, and that's raised the ire of many local business owners.
For students and teachers in Minnesota, this time of year is all about testing. The reading, writing, math and science tests tell state and federal officials how students and schools are performing. Some educators are saying it's time to reevaluate the tests Minnesota students undergo.
The Federal Aviation Administration has slated 149 air traffic control towers around the country to close later this year because of federal budget cuts know as sequestration. Two of the towers are in Minnesota.
Looking at the weather maps these days is like being an air traffic controller. Just guide the next storm in.
The Senate voted 54-46 in favor of gun control legislation yesterday, short of the 60 votes required for passage.
The interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross continues.

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