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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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After Senate leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Wednesday, we'll look at what the deal means for federal spending and the nation's debt. (The Daily Circuit, 10/16/2013)
Dozens of law enforcement personnel -- including sheriff's deputies, probation officers, as well as representatives from Immigration Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations, U.S. Marshal's Service -- spent the day tracking down domestic abuse suspects. (10/16/2013)
Prosecutors say Cindarion De'Angelo Butler was among the five people who attacked 26-year-old Ray Widstrand on Aug. 4 as he tried to walk past a street fight near his home on St. Paul's East Side. (10/16/2013)
Northshore Mining wants to expand its Peter Mitchell Mine south of Babbitt, Minn. Environmental groups, arguing the expansion could cause acid mine drainage, petitioned the Department of Natural Resources for an environmental assessment.
Fifty-year-old Brian Dahl, also known as Kodiak, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Bismarck to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
According to a petition filed last week, the boy had a recent history of leaving home overnight without permission.
A majority of fast-food workers rely on public assistance to make ends meet, an analysis finds.
Some Minnesota private colleges are waiting nervously to see whether the association behind The Common Application works out a range of glitches in time for this fall's early-decision application deadlines.
Nearly 8,200 Minnesotans have completed the insurance application process after creating an account on MNsure. About one quarter of them had incomes low enough that they would qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for a commercial health plan. Nearly 3,800 people have enrolled in a plan.
Sisters Need A Place began informally 15 years ago as Muslim women gathered in homes around the Twin Cities to talk about life over tea and coffee. In 2004, organizers opened a permanent location for the service. Sakinah Ali Mujahid, the shelter's executive director, was honored recently by the Minnesota Humanities Commission for her achievements.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said he won't make a decision without hearing testimony from experts on whether there's a legitimate state interest in banning gay marriage.
LIVE broadcast from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School. American Enterprise Institute scholar Norm Ornstein speaks October 17, 2013 about the political and fiscal debates in Washington on the deadline date for default.
Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. A Brown University biology professor and an alumna hope to help chip away at the problem with a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon," one of many that's been held in recent years to help increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.
Chef Amy Thielen, author of the cookbook "The New Midwestern Table"</a> and host of the new Food Network show "Heartland Table," is part of the movement bringing Midwestern food into the national spotlight.
A Texas-based Asian foods importer chose Arkansas to build its company, called American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc., here. Raymond Chung, the chief financial officer, says one reason is because plenty of local farmers are willing to grow the non-genetically modified vegetable soybeans.
Hours after Nolan's GOP challenger, Stewart Mills, said he raised $244,000 in his first quarter on the campaign trail, Nolan's campaign announced it had raised just $129,000. The two campaigns' bank accounts were closely matched with Nolan holding $261,000 and Mills holding $234,000.
Dessa has spent much of this year on the road in support of her new album, Parts of Speech. And along the way, she's also picked up some dramatic stories, some of which sound more like the lyrics in her songs than things that typically happen to touring indie artists.
Heavy rain in the headwaters of the Red River, which flows north into Canada, has pushed the river to near flood stage already in Wahpeton, N.D. The Red is forecast to crest around 11 feet on Thursday, about a foot above minor flood stage, according to the National Weather Service flood warning.
The Boise paper mill in International Falls, built more than 100 years ago by buccaneering entrepreneur and University of Minnesota dropout Edward Wellington Backus, has nearly always been the center of the city's life and livelihood. But that dynamic is changing.
Hennepin County officials have filed a petition saying the boy is in need of protection or county services.
If Congress fails to pass a budget bill after the first of the year, some who depend on the heating subsidies may have trouble finding the funds to pay utilities.
Thousands of city residents are using websites such as Airbnb.com to list apartments or rooms for as little as $35 a night, a phenomenon officials say is illegal in many cases, undercuts the hotel industry, avoids taxes and threatens apartment building safety.
Scientists who helped calculate oil spilled from a broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico are questioning the methodology used to estimate the amount of crude that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline into a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota.
During this fiscal crisis, two things are true about Minnesota's five Democrats in the U.S. House: 1) they're spectators with little input in the process and 2) it's increasingly likely that they'll be called upon to provide the bulk of votes needed to reopen the shuttered federal government and increase the debt ceiling.
A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.
In his one-man show coming to the State Theatre, Billy Crystal tells funny and often poignant stories about growing up just outside New York City in the 1950s and '60s. One subject that gets a lot of attention is Dixieland jazz -- a music scene in which his family played a big role.
Republican lawmakers have been pounding Mark Ritchie for developing an online voter registration system without first obtaining legislative approval. Republicans want the Senate Subcommittee on Elections to hold a hearing to address their concerns.
Tim Franko received CPR for two hours and 45 minutes after a recent heart attack. Doctors believe it's the longest CPR in a case where a patient who had no heartbeat was successfully revived. But it's not the only recent case in Minnesota of a really long resuscitation.

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