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Friday, October 5, 2012

Salah Osman Ahmed, Abdifatah Yusuf Isse
Testimony from two witnesses at a Minneapolis terror trial provides a firsthand glimpse into how young Minnesota men were encouraged to wage a holy war in the Horn of Africa. Authorities believe more than 20 from the state joined al-Shabab. About nine are believed dead. (10/05/2012)
Gary Johnson
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. They have little money, aren't on stage for presidential debates and barely register in the polls -- when survey takers even bother to list them as options. (10/05/2012)
Office worker browses online pharmacy
The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its fight against counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine sold over the Internet. (10/05/2012)
Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday announced that former music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will conduct them in what they call a season opening concert on Oct. 18.
A Duluth man in custody on another charge is likely to be charged in the death of a woman whose body was found on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
A man pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court on Friday to participating in the sex trafficking of two underage girls earlier this year.
After being told he was losing his job at a Minneapolis sign company, Andrew Engeldinger responded by saying "oh really," taking out a gun and opening fire on his two managers. Then he fired again as the company owner tried to help his wounded employees.
On Election Day Minnesotans will decide whether future voters should be required to show photo identification before they cast ballots.
At least three groups, including the Freedom Club, the Republican Party of Minnesota and Minnesota's Future, are using an old vote concerning bird habitats to target lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Whether it's a supposedly satirical film about butter sculptures, a Liam Neeson sequel, or the latest Tim Burton stop action animation, Stephanie and Euan are feeling underwhelmed.
A former resident of Austin, Minn., claims in a federal lawsuit that two city police officers used excessive force while responding to a call as he suffered a seizure.
Dick Kimmel spent more than 30 years helping restore Minnesota's wild turkey population. Now he's working on restoring the state's population of bluegrass pickers.
A senate race in the western Minneapolis suburbs could help determine which party will be in charge of the Minnesota Senate next year.
Health officials at the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis unveiled a pilot program Friday aimed at reducing the rate of diabetes among military veterans.
The number of people in the Twin Cities metro area who work primarily or exclusively at home is on the rise.
A pair of sprawling lakeside homes just off the beach on White Bear Lake were destroyed early Friday.
A Richfield police officer shot a man at a home on the 6600 block of Park Avenue South Friday morning while responding to a 911 call about a man with a knife. .
British playwright, film director and screenwriter Christopher Hampton discusses his craft with Bright Ideas host Stephen Smith before a live audience at MPR on September 25, 2012. The Guthrie Theater is staging a festival of three of Hampton's plays, including the world premiere of a new work titled, "Appomattox."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Minnesota a $1.4 million grant to better educate women on the North Shore about the risks of eating fish with mercury contamination.
Hunger relief groups have ramped up efforts to put surplus produce on the plates of hungry Minnesotans -- and they wish they could make it last into the winter. "I feel like there's an opportunity missed," said Cathy Maes of a Minnetonka food shelf.
A couple dozen Minnesota patients have been urged to get a medical evaluation for possible meningitis infections. The patients all received injections of a steroid that has been linked to 42 illnesses and five deaths in six states.
Today we learn that the unemployment rate has recovered to the point it was at when Barack Obama took office, we hear Minnesotans may have been exposed to a dangerous form of meningitis, the trial of a Twin Cities terror suspect continues, and a university professor speaks with us again about his journey with ALS. All that and more on the MPR News Update.
President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted.
Duluth is building bike trails, there's a labor dispute at the Minnesota Orchestra, the Lynx are playing in the WNBA Western Conference Finals and wildfires scorch parts of northwestern Minnesota. All that and more in our photos of the week.
Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman penned an editorial expressing his support for the amendment that would require Minnesotans to present photo identification before casting a ballot.
University of Minnesota Meteorologist Mark Seeley says the changing climate is making it more difficult for forecasters to figure out what kind of a winter we will have this year. He talked about the uncertainty and the worsening drought with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Seventy-two-year-old Jane Brooks says the 6-year-old was hitting a smaller child on the head with his book bag during an afternoon route Sept. 14. She's charged with fifth-degree assault. Brooks
A man who was punched at a Stillwater bar last week has died. And, authorities could file charges against the man who delivered those blows.
The nation's unemployment rate drops to its lowest mark in 44 months.
Playing strong close to the basket has the Minnesota Lynx one win away from a return trip to the WNBA finals.
If it weren't for a skin rash, two Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia to join radical insurgents might still be there today. Instead, the young men are cooperating witnesses for the federal government in the trial of a 46-year-old former janitor from Minneapolis.
Bruce Kramer will no longer lead faculty and staff as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.
The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that as many as 1,000 patients may have received contaminated steroids that have been implicated in a national meningitis outbreak. Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been linked to the deaths of five patients and 30 illnesses in six states.
A new law will require Minnesota school districts to evaluate all of the state's more than 50,000 public school teachers every year starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Babatunde Lea likes to tell people that, as a child of an African-American family that loved Afro-Caribbean music, he knew how to dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha before he could walk.
The September jobs report that arrives Friday, a month before the presidential election, will likely sketch a dual picture: The job market continues to heal. Yet it's far from full health.

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