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Sunday, July 7, 2013

A new science center exhibit in Bemidji is aiming to educate people about the threats posed by aquatic invasive species. (07/07/2013)
A legislative panel on synthetic drugs will begin hearings this week. House Speaker Paul Thissen created the Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs in May and appointed state Rep. Erik Simonson of Duluth as chairman. (07/07/2013)
Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. (07/07/2013)
Author Eloisa James says she wouldn't re-live her teen years for $1 million. "The senior prom alone could keep me chatting with a psychiatrist for months," she writes. Yet she enjoys novels in which characters have suffered similar trauma. These five novels are perfect for reading on a beach, surrounded by friends, far from the horrors of the past.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Police officers threw utility knives up to crew members inside the burning wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 so they could cut away passengers' seat belts. Passengers jumped down emergency slides, escaping the smoke. Amid the chaos, some urged fellow passengers to keep calm, even as flames tore through the Boeing 777's fuselage.
Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: temporary work. From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them -- about 12 percent of everyone with a job.
The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.
When author Scott Johnson was 14, he believed his father was a spy just like James Bond. Johnson grows up to discover it was much more complicated, confusing and calculating than he knew as a boy.
Can junk food really end obesity? That's what journalist David H. Freedman claims in his recent cover story in The Atlantic.
A committee of Minnesota lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday to address the rise in synthetic drug use in the state.
From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland, all of Britain can celebrate. Andy Murray made it possible Sunday, winning his country's hallowed tennis tournament to become the first British man in 77 years to raise the trophy at the All England Club.
Many older Americans wind up in a nursing home not because they're sick but because they can't get through their days safely at home. Now a major research project will bring handymen, occupational therapists and nurses into the homes of 800 low-income seniors in Baltimore to test if some inexpensive fix-ups and strategies for daily living can keep them independent longer, and save millions in taxpayer dollars spent on nursing home care.
Hennepin County District Court is making it easier for members of the public to access court records.
Authorities in Otter Tail County say a man has lost two fingers after the firework he was holding exploded in his hand.
A paper mill that has stood on the banks of the Mississippi River for more than a century could soon be coming down.
Members of the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission say the city needs to accelerate its efforts to combat the emerald ash borer.
Rabies in animals appears to be up slightly for the first half of this year. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 25 positive rabies tests so far.
Residents in hundreds of Minnesota towns in recent years have wrestled with what to do with prominent old buildings that no longer define the community. The efficiency of demolition weighs against an instinct to preserve. Many have struggled to find new uses, to create new souls. This Ground Level project portrays the difficulties, the angst, the cost and the lessons learned by people making an effort to refresh their towns by saving an icon.
Two people died Saturday in the crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, San Francisco's fire chief says. Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says everyone who had been on board the flight is accounted for.

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