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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Wednesday that "heads should roll" over the problem-plagued launch of the federal health care law's website. (10/23/2013)
St. Anthony Lock and Dam
The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis could be closed as a measure to prevent invasive Asian carp from spreading further north. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday. (10/23/2013)
Crowdfunding is about to go big time. With the blessing of Congress, startups will be allowed to raise money this way by selling stock to small-time investors. (10/23/2013)
A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot in that age group, according to a long-awaited study by the vaccine's manufacturer.
On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged its problem-plagued health insurance website didn't get enough testing before going live.
The oversight agency for Internet addresses says it has added four domain name suffixes -- the first of hundreds expected in the coming years in the online addressing system's largest expansion ever.
The comedian stops by on his way to Wits.
Nearly 700 employees of Internal Revenue Service contractors owe $5.4 million in back taxes, said a report Wednesday by the agency's inspector general.
A juvenile court judge has sentenced a 15-year-old boy for the near-fatal beating of a St. Paul man last August.
Warm air at high altitudes this September and October helped shrink the man-made ozone hole near the South Pole ever so slightly, scientists say.
During the recent federal government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress went to war over GOP efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act.
Two priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have suggested a change in leadership at the local church is necessary in light of recent revelations of clergy misconduct. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he accepts responsibility for the church's handling of the situation and said he regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests have "lost confidence" in him.
Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus -- a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.
We look at how the new voting method plays out with 35 candidates.
BURN: An Energy Journal, explores sea-level rise in South Florida, along the Louisiana/Texas Gulf Coast, and in New York City. The special is titled, "Rising Seas."
Advocates, Target get together to address solutions.
International voices are calling for us to stop seeing ourselves as exceptional.
Drone attacks said to be killing civilians indiscriminately or illegally.
The Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis has long been known for its diversity, its progressive politics, and the co-op and cafe that bear its name. But it's increasingly becoming known for a place to get a great bite to eat.
The service counted 300,000 rides during its 2013 season, up about 9 percent from a year ago, as it added new stations tied to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the Hiawatha Corridor and Lake Street in Minneapolis.
Archbishop John Nienstedt responds for the first time to reporters' questions since an MPR News investigation forced the archdiocese's response to clergy misconduct into the spotlight. "I accept responsibility for addressing the issues that have been raised," he said.
The 66-year-old governor expects to need two weeks before he returns to an active public schedule. During that period he intends to hold meetings and do other work from the Summit Avenue governor's residence.
The $67 million gift from Robert and Patricia Kern marks the second largest outright gift in Mayo's history.
Mohamed Aden, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and suspected pirate gang boss Mohamed Abdi Hassan will appear Oct. 30 for a pre-trial hearing in Belgium on charges tied to the 2009 hijacking of the Belgian ship "Pompei."
This special report gathers together all of MPR's investigative reports on clergy misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race.
Under Minnesota's "implied consent" law, drivers are considered to have consented to sobriety testing. People can talk to an attorney, but that right can't be used to delay testing until a driver sobers up.
To prevent the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, taxpayers spent 245 billion dollars to stabilize America's banking institutions. Today, the big banks are bigger. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs hold assets equal to more than 50 percent of the US economy. The Intelligence Squared debate: "Should we break up the big banks?"
Tebartz-van Elst earned his unflattering nickname after reports surfaced that close to $40 million has been spent on work at his home and offices -- about eight times what had been expected.
Out-of-state prices, as well as the costs to attend public two-year colleges and private institutions rose but they also avoided big spikes. These more moderate increases could lessen concern that an annual rapid growth is tuition prices in the new normal.
"Roth Unbound," Claudia Roth (no relation) Pierpont's aptly titled study of Philip Roth's evolution as a writer, unleashes a slew of memories. It also stokes a strong desire to re-read his books.
Your college major has a bigger effect on your income than where you go to college. We reported on this story last month. But the data was limited to people who had only a bachelor's degree. What happens when you throw in a graduate degree?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recall affects 383 units of 88 percent lean fresh ground beef sold between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7.
Climate change is a scientific fact. Misinformation about those facts -- some of it intentional, some of it not -- has stalled planetary action. What should a news editor do about that?
Created by the Legislature, the Board of Pardons has the ability to award what the legal system calls a pardon extraordinary, which removes the requirement that people with criminal histories have to report their convictions to potential employers or anyone else. On Tuesday, 18 people asked that they be pardoned
Jofi Joseph, a top White House national security aide who was secretly going on Twitter to insult other Obama administration officials and politicians from both major parties, and to question the policies he had been helping develop, is apologizing.
The base of the Cathedral of St. Paul will be transformed into an extreme sports mecca again when the daredevil skaters of RedBull Crashed Ice return to the city on Feb. 22, 2014 as part of a winter-long global racing series.
Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice.
Construction crews will be testing railroad signals and switches over the next few weeks as they wrap up preparations for bringing passenger trains back to downtown St. Paul.
In some ways, computers make ideal drivers. They do such a good job, in fact, that a new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving
Recent reports about clergy misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis threaten to put new financial pressure on an institution already under some financial strain.
The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren't going away.
One area of the economy is growing faster than business or government. According to the Urban Institute, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren't very good at measuring their effectiveness, says a nonprofit watchdog.
It's become pretty much a given that children do better academically when they get regular exercise. But a study suggests girls who were more physically active at age 11 did better at school as teenagers. And the most active girls really aced science.
Public schools would be barred from employing teachers and other workers convicted of sexual offenses against children or other violent crimes under a bill the House approved Tuesday.

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