In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were part of the demonstrators.
The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. on the corner of 12th Street and Nicollet Avenue and run down Nicollet to 7th Street, where it will make a turn onto 7th Street, cross First Avenue and end at the backstage doors of Target Center.
Adrian Peterson suited up for Minnesota's game against Carolina on Sunday, as he promised. But he couldn't help the Vikings avoid a 35-10 loss to Carolina. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. He declined to speak specifically about the situation following practice that day, but reiterated the comfort he's found from the game over a number of tragic and challenging circumstances in his life. Peterson wound up with 62 yards rushing and 21 yards on three receptions.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said today in a memo to all clergy that the Rev. Michael Keating, a popular speaker and professor at the University of St. Thomas, has taken a leave of absence.
Morton Subotnick's interest in new sounds goes back a long way. As a child prodigy in 1950s Los Angeles, playing clarinet with symphony orchestras, he sensed that something new was brewing. The miniaturization that led to things like the transistor radio meant you no longer needed a room full of equipment to make electronic sounds.
Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers to say exactly what he thinks is wrong with Washington lawmakers: "Remove from them that stubborn pride, which imagines itself to be above and beyond criticism." A retired rear admiral who often sports a bow tie, Black became the Senate's first African-American chaplain when he took the job 10 years ago.
The handling of an oil spill in North Dakota is raising eyebrows after a state agency waited to tell the public it had taken place. A wheat farmer was the first to recognize the spill had happened; it became public knowledge nearly two weeks later.
Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was recently convicted on multiple charges related to the sale of synthetic drugs from his Duluth shop, which is now closed.
Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of roughly 1.5 percent, which would be among the smallest since automatic increases were adopted in 1975, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
Doctors had been uncertain Scott Nagy, who has cancer, would be able to leave for the wedding, which was initially scheduled for next year. But with monitor cords and a tracheal tube attached, he made it.
Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are closing after voters approved significant restrictions on pot shops.
A political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees.
The report says that since 2008 there's been a 40 percent increase in charters that serve mostly white students in first and second ring suburbs.
Recent missteps spell trouble for a nuclear force doubted by some for its relevance, defended by others as vital to national security and now compelled to explain how the firing of key commanders this week should not shake public confidence.