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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law's requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance. (07/09/2013)
Euan Kerr and Chris Roberts recently reported on the bleak outlook of Minnesota Orchestra negotiations with its locked out musicians. The real problem, one blogger writes is there is no third party willing to intervene. (07/09/2013)
A U.S. spy program is widely targeting data in emails and telephone calls across Latin America, and is focusing on energy issues, not just information related to military, political or terror topics, a Brazilian newspaper reports. (07/09/2013)
On a day filled with speeches from dignitaries including the vice president, the words of the lone survivor of a fire crew overrun by flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with firefighters from around the nation.
While the U.S. Senate prepares to take the issue of subsidized federal student loans back up, college students are left staring at several competing proposals.
The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 airliner told investigators they were relying on automated cockpit equipment to control their speed, turning a focus of the accident investigation toward whether a mistake was made setting the autothrottle or if it malfunctioned.
Explore an intriguing spot on Mars. Hunt for ancient signs of Martian life. Bag a bunch of rocks and leave them on the surface for a future mission to possibly return.
A key player in the massive development proposed near the Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis said he's encouraged by today's vote by a Minneapolis City Council committee to move the plan forward.
The former chair of the Minnesota Racing Commission has resigned his position. Jesse Overton, who was reappointed to the Commission last week, confirmed to MPR News that he sent Gov. Mark Dayton a resignation letter effective today.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates disagree on allowing non-union companies to collect city's trash.
No state is set to embrace the Affordable Care Act as thoroughly as Minnesota, the only one that will implement the "big three" components of health insurance expansion. Minnesota will expand Medicaid, develop an online insurance marketplace, and offer a Basic Health Program. It's the third component that really sets Minnesota apart.
A 25-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist last week.
The mess left by Hurricane Sandy may mean more federal help for Minnesota in the wake of the storms last month that downed thousands of trees and cut power to more than half a million Xcel Energy customers.
A week after Dylan's visit to Minnesota, we look at movies about rock music.
City committee approves latest step toward development of the area around the new Vikings stadium.
Paying for your medical expenses can be an overwhelming experience. We discuss ways to handle the debt and cut costs.
The farm bill could be split into two pieces in the U.S. House and get a vote this week.
Aspen Ideas Festival panel of journalists and lawyers discuss freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and how to balance the public interest and national security.
Programmers seem to think they're still in college, and some employers encourage the illusion.
Sightings are rare of the Monarch, Minnesota's state butterfly and one of its most colorful summer residents. The migrating population has crashed.
The 7-year-old girl whose rare cancer led to a precedent-setting malpractice ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court has died after fighting the disease since infancy, according to the family's attorney.
The water is back on at Target Center after a break in a 16-inch main left the facility without water for most of the day. The water opened a large sinkhole a downtown Minneapolis street.
The net of rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened Tuesday when a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum, then deleted the posting a few minutes later.
The leader of a group that successfully lobbied to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota has been hired to help get the law passed in other states.
In a culture of perfection, it's hard to admit to an error or learn from it.
In May, nearly all the openings were at retail businesses, a sign that many of the jobs being created are low paying. Openings in retail rose nearly 80,000. Government and construction firms also posted more jobs: Each advertised 4,000 new positions.
A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs denied Tuesday that the judges act as "rubber stamps." But James Robertson said the system is flawed because of its failure to allow legal adversaries to question the government's actions.
The Catholic Health Association says it's pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from the Department of Health and Human Services.
While Latinos comprise a small fraction of Minnesota's population , they are a big part of the uninsured population. One in eight Latinos lacks health insurance. That makes Latino communities a likely focus for efforts to reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking health coverage.
Firefighters had some difficulty entering the home early Tuesday because of a large number of books and magazines blocking the entry ways.
A photo identification requirement to vote in Minnesota is a contentious issue that could again surface as a newly-formed state task force launches a study of electronic poll book technology.
Investigators searching for the cause of a fiery oil train derailment that wiped out a small town's center and killed at least 13 people zeroed in on an earlier blaze on that same train.
Even as he announced he wasn't running for governor again, Rick Perry implored Texans not to rock the political boat too much in choosing a successor.
The Obama administration -- in yet another health care overhaul delay -- has quietly notified insurers that a computer system glitch will limit penalties that the law says the companies may charge smokers. A fix will take at least a year to put in place.
The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker. It took effect Monday.
A newer type of gas piping, called corrugated stainless steel tubing, has been linked to leaks and fires in other parts of the U.S. after nearby lightning strikes.
Tuesday's storm risk comes courtesy of a cool front that will bring relief from long awaited but still sweaty heat and humidity. A cooler transfusion of clean comfortable Canadian air is just 24-48 hours away.
Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.
The Senate has passed a far-reaching immigration bill, potentially opening the door to citizenship for millions. The legislation is one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities -- yet it also gives the Republican Party a chance to recast itself as more appealing to minorities.
The number of U.S. phone lines peaked at 186 million in 2000. Since then, more than 100 million copper lines have been disconnected and supplanted by cellphones and Internet-based phone service. Just 1 in 4 U.S. households will have a copper phone line at the end of this year.
Genetically modified crops will be one of many thorny issues taken up when the U.S. and the European Union sit down to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -- or T-TIP -- in Washington this week. The ambitious free-trade deal could form the world's largest single market. It promises to create thousands of new jobs and generate tens of billions of dollars of additional trade.
The case of Justin Carter, the Texas teen who has been jailed near San Antonio since February, started when he posted a Facebook message saying he would go "shoot up a kindergarten."
New website rates countries according to their treatment of doctors who torture.

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