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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Two men who left Minnesota to join al-Shabab in Somalia were sentenced Tuesday to three years in federal prison, while a man they characterized as a local leader in efforts to recruit them to the terrorist group was sentenced to 12 years. (05/14/2013)
Kira and Jeffery Trevino
The roommate of a St. Paul man charged with killing his wife told police he heard nothing unusual on the night of the alleged murder. (05/14/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an emergency order to help the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center fight wildfires around the state. (05/14/2013)
A fast-moving wildfire is growing in northwestern Wisconsin.
Thousands of cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the State Capitol, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze.
Minnesota's law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect Aug. 1. On that day, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license in Minnesota.
With the same-sex marriage bill now passed and signed into law, state lawmakers are again turning their attention to passing a state budget before next Monday's scheduled session adjournment.
A disease that's almost eradicated is still in the news. There were 223 cases of polio last year worldwide.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Thousands of cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol for the outdoor ceremony, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze.
A Minnesota tea party organization says it was caught-up in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.
Watch Gov. Mark Dayton sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
NPR science desk reporter Alix Spiegel, speaking April 29, 2013 as part of the MPR Broadcast Journalist Series. MPR's Steven John hosted the event at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Minnesota is now the 12th state in the country to allow same-sex marriage. Follow our live blog for the latest coverage.
Two bald eagles locked together by their talons in a midair battle survived a crash landing onto a runway at a northeastern Minnesota airport.
A massive, 5-block, nearly $400 million development is headed for the area just west of the planned new Vikings stadium.
A half-dozen parents, and current and former staff of Washburn High School plan to speak out Tuesday night at a Minneapolis school board meeting about the recent reassignment of principal Carol Markham-Cousins.
Federal authorities charged a 22-year-old man Tuesday on charges that he called in phony bomb threats to the Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.
Authorities in Minneapolis say they're upping the reward for information about a toddler who was shot to death in his home two years ago.
Along with spring, migratory birds are back. More than a century ago, their seasonal arrival was the object of intense interest by one of the state's most important ornithologists, Thomas Sadler Roberts.
The lawmaker who has pushed this year for tougher state regulation of the frac sand mining industry on Tuesday said DFL legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the legislation.
A significantly scaled-back plan to revise Minnesota's gun laws advanced toward a final Senate vote after receiving the blessing Tuesday of a vocal gun-rights group.
In his first public comments on the growing controversy over the extra scrutiny the agency admits it gave in recent years to conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status, the acting IRS commissioner attributes the controversy to employees taking 'short cuts."
"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer," she said. "It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested."
Despite the DFL's new majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate, and the defeat of the marriage amendment in 2012, few people thought the Legislature would move this quickly to turn around and make same-sex marriage legal. Looking behind the scenes at the process, the effort hinged on careful lobbying, polling, timing, and the votes of a few key lawmakers.
Longtime Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies prosecutors said were delivered alive and killed, and guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He was acquitted in the murder of a fourth baby. A look at key facts in the case:
Gosnell, 72, was convicted Monday of three counts of first-degree murder but acquitted of murdering a fourth aborted baby. He was also found guilty of manslaughter, not third-degree murder, in a patient's 2009 overdose death.
Congress was not told tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, even after acting agency Chief Steven Miller had been briefed on the matter.
Here's a look at the imagery that HKS Architects offered for the new Vikings stadium envisioned for downtown Minneapolis on the site of the Metrodome.
Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to sign a bill Tuesday afternoon that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. But opponents of the legislation argue even though they lost this round the issue is not settled.
Thousands of people flooded the Capitol to witness that historic moment the state Senate passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Some came to celebrate it. Others came to protest.
The divisive vote on same-sex marriage could be an indicator into how some parts of the state are changing politically.
Two Twin Cities men convicted of terrorism-related charges were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Kamal Said Hassan and Mahamud Said Omar will be spending many years in prison for their roles in the disappearance of nearly two dozen Somali men from the Twin Cities who traveled to Somalia to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that when farmers use patented seed for more than one planting in violation of their licensing agreements, they are liable for damages.

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