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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A federal court should not permit five leading Internet companies to reveal how often they are ordered to turn over information about their customers in national security investigations, the government argued. (10/02/2013)
A federal judge ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that an Arizona sheriff is complying with constitutional requirements after finding his office engages in racial profiling. (10/02/2013)
A new survey co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce shows that employers' confidence about the economy is at its highest level since 2007. But respondents were gloomy about the state's business climate. (10/02/2013)
The masses of displaced tourists, furloughed workers and disgruntled citizens are actually helping out some establishments, albeit temporarily.
There's nothing like a government shutdown to make people angry about government, or at least the politicians who are running things. The most commonly expressed sentiment seems to be a plague on both parties' houses.
Whether it's an uprising in Egypt or a twerking session gone awry, news outlets need to know everything they can about a video before they run with it.
Pop psychology holds that to connect with someone, you should look deep into their eyes. The more you look, the more persuasive you'll be. But that may work only when your audience already agrees with you.
A new law in California makes it a crime to post intimate pictures of a former partner on the Internet, a phenomenon known as "revenge porn."
The latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done in one-third of all births in the United States and three-fourths of those involving twins, says that most moms can safely give birth without surgery.
Scientists say they were able to crack numerous cases of mystery diseases by decoding the patients' genes. The study is the first large-scale effort to move gene sequencing out of the lab and into ordinary medical care.
Mark Burrell was convicted of aggravated forgery for pretending to be his brother Steven when he signed some property tax documents in Austin, Minn. in 2007.
The fall's first major storm is moving into Minnesota, with several waves of rain coming over the next few days.
Minnesota's top budget official is warning that state government cannot fill any of the funding gaps caused by a prolonged federal government shutdown.
The federal case against three defendants from northeastern Minnesota who are accused of selling synthetic drugs has gone to a jury in Minneapolis.
A jury has rejected a claim that the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the superstar with a drug overdose.
A jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of a St. Paul man accused of killing his wife in a jealous rage and dumping her body in the Mississippi River.
A special investigator says an Iowa senator likely violated ethics rules by taking money from political entities connected to former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and then denying he'd done so.
None of Minnesota's neighbors — Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsins — have set up their own health insurance exchange like MNsure. All of these states are relying on the federal exchange, which was overwhelmed by demand yesterday.
Sara Johannes, executive chef at Shoyu at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, will be one of 18 contestants on Bravo's "Top Chef."
A North Dakota college football player has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in south Minneapolis.
MNsure officials have said a server problem that prevented some people from creating accounts on the system was fixed Tuesday and that more than 1,600 people have been able to create accounts since the site opened.
The state currently has two veterans cemeteries -- one in Minneapolis and one in Little Falls. Construction begins soon on a third cemetery in southeastern Minnesota that will be a final resting place for more than 35,000 veterans.
About a dozen volunteers with Organizing for Action, a group that supports President Barack Obama, protested outside the Social Security Administration office urging legislators to reopen the government.
Vibraphone pioneer Gary Burton will be at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis this week.
The lawsuit claims the for-profit schools misled students about information such as job-placement rates, starting salaries, program accreditation and the transferability of the schools' credits.
When economist Emily Oster was pregnant, she didn't want to go through the experience based on conventional wisdom. Her new book compiles the latest research on what's best for mom and baby before birth.
An advisory committee for the Southwest Corridor light rail project in the Twin Cities postponed a vote Wednesday on how to resolve a longstanding dispute that continues to threaten the future of the line.
Once cool, then decidedly out of fashion, the loosely Polynesian-inspired lounge lizard tiki bar scene is experiencing a national and local revival.
Volcanoes previously have been spotted on Mars, bu what's different about this supervolcano network is that it was found in the Martian northern highlands, a place not known to be active in the past.
Best-selling author Neil Gaiman was the winner of the "most-wanted-author-poll" for the BBC World Book Club. Originally from Britain, the author of comic books, short stories, science fiction and fantasy novels now lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He talks to BBC World Book Club host Harriett Gilbert, and a global audience, about his book "American Gods."
There's enough federal support to operate The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for several more weeks, state officials said. Initially, they worried the program would face trouble in just a few days.
The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.
Brain scientists say in the first five years of life there is an explosion in your brain that stays with you all your life. The co-directors of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington told a 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival audience we're in the midst of a revolution in our understanding of development of the early brain.
He wandered its rooms in his imagination, during the hard days of polar exploration.
The technological system powering the new health care marketplace is the first of its kind. Nothing similar exists anywhere in the world, according to administration health officials.
The 66-year-old Marylander was best known for books like The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears. But he also laid claim to Minnesota's NFL franchise back 15 years ago.
Tom Clancy, the best-selling author of "The Hunt for Red October" and other wildly successful technological thrillers, has died. He was 66.
In an interview, Francis touched on his formative years, his philosophy and his vision for the church. In the process came an admission that in the past, heads of the church "have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers."
The first major storm of fall is heading in. The storm is still in the developmental phase today so the finer details are in flux, but the big picture remains the same. Expect rain that will be heavy at times, wind, cooler temps starting tonight and lingering into Sunday.
Passengers could keep reading and writing on takeoff and landing.
As part of a new feature, Slate staff writer Joshua Keating takes on the U.S. government shutdown using "the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries."
The full Met Council may make its decision next week.
Speaking to foreign exchange students who come to the United States, Amanda Ripley compared other countries with the United States on academic performance and school-sponsored sports.
For this week's Screen Time, Stephanie discusses "Fill the Void," a 2012 Israeli film about an ultra-Orthodox family in mourning after the death of their eldest daughter.
Jeffrey Trevino is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 30-year-old wife, Kira Steger. Her body was found in the river in May, more than two months after she disappeared.
Fast food, it turns out, isn't quite as fast as it used to be. Reasons for more sluggish service are more choices on the menu and more complex products, such as flavored lattes, smoothies and salad bowls. All of that can take longer to prepare and adds to the time spent waiting in the drive-through line.
A potent storm in the Pacific Northwest is moving toward Minnesota bringing cooler air and much needed rainfall.
The massive, $100 million information technology project wasn't without glitches Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, the website wasn't always able to verify the identity of potential consumers.
MNsure, the state's new health insurance marketplace, went live around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon with tools that allow consumers to search for a health plan, and create an account to purchase one. Not all functions were available right away. Did you try to use it? What was your experience?
As we get older, there's no denying that our bodies change. Photographs of ourselves can be startling, sometimes unnerving reminders of those changes.
Like many people in the United States, members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington are frustrated that the shutdown furloughed thousands of federal employees - among them many of the police and support personnel that keep the massive Capitol complex running.

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