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Monday, July 8, 2013

Traumatized survivors of an oil train derailment that wiped out the heart of a small town braced for more bad news as inspectors were finally cleared to enter the charred site's epicenter and look for remains late Monday, more than two days after the disaster that killed at least 13 people. (07/08/2013)
Martian mountain, here Curiosity comes. The NASA rover has officially kicked off its long-delayed road trip to Mount Sharp, a trek that involves rolling over rocky landscapes. (07/08/2013)
Investigators trying to understand why Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed focused Monday on the actions of an experienced pilot learning his way around a new aircraft, fellow pilots who were supposed to be monitoring him and why no one noticed that the plane was coming in too slow. (07/08/2013)
Arizona firefighters carried the bodies of their fallen colleagues from the site of the wildfire where the highly trained "hotshots" died on June 30.
Minnesota college students applying for federally-subsidized student loans this fall will see their interest rate double to 6.8 percent.
Two sites in St. Louis County may be added to the state's list of polluted places. The sites should be on the state's list of Superfund sites so that they may be eligible for additional state funding, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission still doesn't have a final figure on how many trees were damaged. The city removed more than 2,500 trees after the May 2011 North Minneapolis tornado.
An Aspen Ideas Festival panel discusses the major issues involved in border security and the various ways 12 million people living in the US illegally could be given some sort of legal status or even a path to citizenship.
A plan to renovate the State Capitol hit a snag Monday after Gov. Mark Dayton, state lawmakers and other members of the Capitol Preservation Commission objected with concerns over both the short-term and long-term plans for the building.
As growing seasons become longer and winters are warmer, researchers are seeing more southerly tree species creeping northward into the boreal forest.
As summer heats up and our yards start to dry out, gardening experts join us to take your questions.
Congress's top two tax policy writers left Washington behind on Monday to to get some ideas from a couple of Minnesota-based companies about how the nation's tax system should be revamped.
Latest book follows up on "Dark Star Safari."
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, there will be 32 million more Americans with health insurance. How will they all receive medical care as the industry tackles a doctor shortage?
Hennepin County will hold a public hearing Tuesday as commissioners consider a wheelage tax for road repairs.
Authorities in Forest Lake say a feared kidnapping turned out to be a prank.
Repeated breakdowns of a pedestrian lift bridge between the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and the city's Canal Park is causing angst for area businesses and forcing tourists and other pedestrians to walk nearly a mile to cross the Minnesota Slip.
Investigators said the vehicle that struck Jessica Hanson was northbound on Pleasant Ave. S., had been speeding and had its headlights off when went through a stop sign and hit her.
Political newcomer Stewart Mills is running for Congress as a Republican, hoping to beat DFL Rep. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District, which covers a large swath of northeastern Minnesota. Mills, vice president of his family's Mills Fleet Farm stores, says he has seen how government can hurt job growth.
Douglas Dayton, who was instrumental in opening the first Target stores, died Friday. He was 88.
More worrisome than Latino voters' hostility is the prospect of a primary challenge.
The grant from federal Economic Development Agency is $9.8 million and it's going to be used to raise Highway 169 between Mankato and Saint Peter.
Fire Chief Pete Walsh says a lightning strike appears to have started the blaze at about 9 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church.
According to the Hennepin County Sheriff's office, two boats struck each other while traveling in the same direction 200 feet from shore on Wayzata Bay before 10 a.m. Sunday.
The top U.S. special operations commander, Adm. William McRaven, ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.
Officials investigating a jetliner crash in San Francisco have determined that Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling ``significantly below'' the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway.
Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters' attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said.
An administrative law judge wants to limit Xcel Energy's proposed electricity rate hike to 4.7 percent, the utility said Monday.
Stately, tall white pines all over the state and the tamaracks of northeastern Minnesota have had their natural defenses from beetles weakened. Scientists suspect climate change is to blame in both cases.
State and federal officials begin assessing damage today from the severe thunderstorms that hit Minnesota last month.
For decades, Congress rolled food stamps and farm subsidies together into one giant bill. The tactic generated lots of rural and urban votes from politicians in both parties. Everyone got something out of the deal. That longtime marriage, though, is in trouble. With federal money tight, old alliances are starting to fray.
Troops, police open fire on protesters angry about the removal of the country's first democratically elected president.

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