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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 Thursday night. Moore was named the finals MVP as Minnesota became the second team to go unbeaten in seven playoff games and win a championship, joining the 2010 Seattle Storm. (10/10/2013)
Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years. Here's a collection of photos showing their march toward the championship, starting with their victory over the Seattle Storm on Sept. 20. (10/10/2013)
Bacteria are much more dangerous when they form a social network called a biofilm that allows them to communicate and protect each other. Researchers at North Dakota State University have figured out a way to prevent it from forming. (10/10/2013)
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans struggled inconclusively Thursday to find common ground that could avert an economy-tanking default and possibly end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown that has idled 350,000 federal workers.
Callers to the help center for the state's new online insurance marketplace are waiting on hold for an average nine minutes, longer than originally projected, MNsure officials said today.
According to a new University of Minnesota study published online Thursday in the journal Science, reducing phosphorus can result in less of the microbial processes that eliminate another unwanted nutrient: nitrogen.
As an astronaut and aquanaut who lived underwater for the U.S. Navy, Carpenter was the first man to explore both the depths of the ocean and the heights of space.
Native American groups and supporters say the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium offers a chance to put new pressure on the NFL to rethink the Washington Redskins name and logo. Opponents, however, aren't appealing directly to the NFL, the Vikings or the Redskins.
University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill is continuing to take time to focus on his treatment and better manage his epilepsy.
Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, speaking at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in September 2013. Keillor recounts his earliest days in college radio and MPR and says nothing great is accomplished without enthusiasm. He says public radio needs more enthusiasm and passion, and lectures by "people who know so much more than I do."
The world's biggest coffee chain said Thursday that it will ask customers and businesses to sign a petition calling for an end to the partial government shutdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job.
House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers he will give President Obama a proposal extending the government's ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 -- but only if he agrees to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling.
In March, Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes. "I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick told the judge. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for."
Republican state Rep. Pat Garafalo says the provision wasn't included in the Metrodome lease and shouldn't be in the new stadium.
Starting next spring, library customers can borrow heirloom seeds to grow in their gardens. After the growing season, they'll be asked to save a portion of seeds for themselves and return a portion to the library.
Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.
The Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department concluded that implementation through legislative action is "the more sound legal approach to this type of policy change."
Over 20,000 barrels of oil have spilled in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota.
The finance educator says more formal business plans don't work. Her simplified version does.
Most of the state is now at or near peak fall color.
In the mid-1990s, the Public Utilities Commission began to calculate what economists call the "external costs" — damages — caused by electricity generation. They include pollutants that contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
The price spike was due in part to fewer sales of low-priced foreclosures and short sales. They made up less than a quarter of all completed sales last month. Just two years earlier, they comprised nearly half of all completed sales.
Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Gronemus suffered third-degree burns over 75 percent of his body in a welding accident Oct. 1.
A government spokesman said that about half the weekly increase occurred in California, where officials processed applications that were delayed several weeks by a computer upgrade. One-quarter of the increase reflected applications from employees at government contractors.
Food stamps -- actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.
The Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel literature winners, called her a "master of the contemporary short story."
If the clock strikes midnight with no agreement, BART's workers could walk off the job - and thousands of Northern California commuters could be stranded - for the second time in recent months.
MPR News investigations and stories about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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