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Monday, October 7, 2013

House Republicans say there's a way to minimize the negative effects of a default, which is just 10 days away if Congress does not act to avert it. In May, the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would have prioritized some of the payments the Treasury makes so the most important bills could get paid first. (10/07/2013)
"There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR," House Speaker John Boehner said, referring to a spending bill to end the shutdown that would be devoid of any extraneous language. Why is this significant? (10/07/2013)
Curing cancer and eliminating heart disease has been the holy grail of medical research. But there could be even greater benefits if aging itself could be delayed, a study finds. (10/07/2013)
An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions.
The family of a solider from south-central Minnesota says he's recovering after being wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
Forecasters at the Rapid City National Weather Service slept all weekend at the office to keep critical warnings and storm information flowing as a snowstorm pounded the Black Hills region.
Days after Minnesota's online insurance marketplace had a less-than trouble-free launch, MNsure officials are betting that consumers will have a smoother experience this week. But the site is not in the clear yet.
A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.
Medtronic was appealing a judgment that a subsidiary violated a patent of Edwards Lifesciences Corp. The patent applied to devices that repair aortic valves without open-heart surgery. Bloomberg News reports the U.S. market for the devices could reach $2.5 billion.
Supporters credit the Multiple Measurement Ratings system, Minnesota's alternative to the federal No Child Left Behind program, for offering more help and fewer penalties to boost struggling schools. Critics worry schools are being let off the hook before real improvement is shown.
Multiple Measurement Ratings, also known as MMR, represents an alternative ranking system that state officials presented to the U.S. Department of Education when they asked to opt out of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2011.
People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales -- and advertisers and networks are taking note.
Now that he is no longer Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt evidently has a lot more time to write books.
State officials notified 105 employees in the Minnesota Department of Health today of potential layoffs due to the federal government shutdown.
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head a year ago by gunmen for her campaign to ensure girls' access to school, has said the way forward is to talk to the Taliban.
A television new anchor apologized for falsely saying that President Barack Obama had offered to pay for the operation of a museum of Muslim culture "out of his own pocket" during the government shutdown.
President Obama doesn't want to send suspects to Guantanamo Bay for military trials. But United States intelligence agencies do want to interrogate Abu Anas al-Libi before he's handed over to a civilian court in the U.S.
Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. A growing number of Minnesota hospitals are reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. It's a big change in how some physicians practice medicine and it has led some Minnesota hospitals to tighten their transfusion guidelines.
New documents related to a Twin Cities priest found to have pornography on his computer show that archdiocesan leaders debated internally for a year whether the images met the legal definition of child pornography. They also provide a closer look at how past and present leaders decided to keep the matter quiet and keep the priest in ministry.
A Minnesota head shop owner has been convicted of almost all counts against him in a closely watched federal case involving the sale of synthetic drugs.
State officials have notified 105 Minnesota Department of Health workers that they might be laid off because of the federal government shutdown.
The noted scientist and atheist described his journey from believer to atheist.
Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams says the boy is accused of pointing a gun on a female student outside Paul Giel Field on Sept. 20. The boy is also accused of bringing a handgun to school for several weeks and, on one occasion, pointing it at the head of another student.
Anorexia and bulimia, eating disorders once thought to affect only girls and women, affect a growing number of boys and men. Boys as young as 9 and 10 are feeling the pressure to be ripped and muscular, psychologists say. But they can have a hard time finding a treatment program geared to males.
Brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage. They say the NFL has repeatedly avoided tying football to brain injury, even as they've given disability payments to former players with dementia-related conditions.
The docket this year has nothing quite as riveting as last year's same-sex-marriage cases, or the challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul from the term before. But once again, the court is facing hot-button social issues and questions of presidential and congressional power.
The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Kevin Ring, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Liggett Group LLC. They wanted the court to consider overturning a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.
Two former Minnesota Independence Party candidates for governor called for a long-overdue "full-fledged debate over the appropriate role of government" in a Star Tribune opinion piece this weekend.
The Black Hills are still digging out, and melting out, from as much as 4 feet of snow and near-hurricane force winds last weekend. We heard from Linda Osburn, of Garrison, who rode out the storm with some friends in an RV.
We air Kerri Miller's conversation with author Margaret Atwood at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
Older workers have unemployment that is lower, but longer.
Members of the House Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs have been gathering testimony around the state in preparation for a report to the Legislature early next year.
Minnesota taxpayers will have less say over how school districts use $200 million in voter-approved school levies due to recent changes in way the state funds education.
The Minnesota Lynx dominated the Atlanta Dream Sunday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Game 2 is here in Minnesota again on Tuesday night, with the best-of-five series shifting to Georgia for Game 3 on Thursday night.
Southwest light rail planners will meet with residents of the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis Thursday to go over a contentious plan for the metro transit project.
The site went live last Tuesday afternoon and had logged about 5,000 new user accounts by Friday evening, but it had a rocky start.
Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in an exclamatory one-word tweet about his client Sunday night: "Vikings!!!" Burkhardt then confirmed to The Associated Press in a phone interview that the 25-year-old agreed to a deal worth $3 million for the rest of the season.
Americans Randy Schekman, who was born in St. Paul, James Rothman and and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells.
Security officials screened the Minneapolis boy at the airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday after he arrived via light rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded a Delta flight that left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. -- without a ticket.
Bruce Kramer found a safe haven for conversation about ALS with a friend who also had the disease. They talked together freely and sometimes with raw emotion.

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