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Monday, October 28, 2013

Moisture from our next weather system is streaming north, just as sub-freezing air aloft is ready slide away to the north. The result could be a few minutes to hours of slushy snow flakes Tuesday morning. (10/28/2013)
Michael Jackson's doctor was quietly freed from jail on Monday, two years after he was convicted of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. (10/28/2013)
Pediatricians discourage passive screen time for children age two and under, but active screen time activities like Skype or FaceTime can actually help babies learn. (10/28/2013)
Someone threw a brick, pieces of concrete block and a rock through two stained-glass windows and two other windows at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church early Friday.
The Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer floated out of dry dock without fanfare and into the waters of the Kennebec River, where the warship will remain dockside for final construction.
Game over. Cats have won the Internet. At least that was the conclusion among the many attendees of the Internet Cat Video Festival in New York.
Minnesota farmers are making rapid progress on the fall harvest after a slow start to the growing season.
Scientists said they have for the first time documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.
A six-week extension will be granted until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law.
The officials said security sealed off the area. They did not know how close the blast was to the embassy.
"Healthy kids equals healthy minds," Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a news release. "Vaccinations play a key role in helping our children stay well, resulting in better attention and participation in class as well as fewer days out of school due to illness."
Minnesota agencies have used unmanned aircraft from the Border Patrol for a variety of missions in the past three years. Information from the Department of Homeland Security, gathered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation lists 11 UAS missions flown at the request of Minnesota agencies in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A task force created to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Twin Cities' Catholic Church will only have access to information provided by the Rev. Reginald Whitt, the church official appointed to oversee it, according to a letter he wrote to Twin Cities clergy last week. The move appears to contradict the archdiocese's earlier assertions that the task force would remain independent.
An October 2, 2013 University of Minnesota speech by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. Roth says drones are leading to unnecessary civilian deaths and the US drone program has supplanted Guantanamo as the major complaint against US policy in the fight to combat terrorism. He says terrorists thrive on their ability to generate animosity toward the US.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed local officials and citizens from outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area to the commission. They'll work on a master plan and will give the Legislature recommendations on which greater Minnesota parks and trails should receive grant money.
City Manager Mark Karnowski said the crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. He said the plane went down about 150 yards west of the runway.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre was built in 1916 as a vaudeville theater and later became a movie theater. The City of St. Paul plans to spend $12 million to refurbish the long-vacant space as a contemporary music venue.
Master gardener Julie Weisenhorn joined us to offer winter prep tips and take questions.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre was built in 1916 as a vaudeville theater and later became a movie theater. The City of St. Paul plans to spend $12 million to refurbish the long-vacant space as a contemporary music venue.
The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels per day from western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The web of pipelines that transport Bakken oil now is straining to keep up with supply, so a new line is crucial, company officials say.
A number of military personnel are turning to the surgical procedure to remove excess fat from around the waist so they can pass the Pentagon's body fat test, which can determine their future prospects in the military.
Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don't finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward.
The school said 23 deals are fully signed and three are agreements in principle. The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some do not have merit while others may produce settlements.
Our experts suggest a few ways to keep manners alive at the office.
Minneapolis is contributing $48.5 million to the project, the Timberwolves and Lynx will be paying $43 million and AEG, the company that operates the arena, will be contributing $5.5 million. Minneapolis is using hospitality taxes that were freed up as part of the Vikings stadium deal.
Outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky just emerged from two weeks in the wilderness, bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn. He made the entire 80 mile trip without seeing another human.
The girl was taken to Osceola Medical Center and then on to St. Paul, where she died of her injuries.
Minnesota law enforcement agencies are hoping new training materials will help employees at hotels and motels spot and report sex trafficking.
Income gap is hardening into economic strata from which few escape.
We'll get the Political Junkie's take on the fallout from federal health exchange computer problems, the NSA spying controversy and look at the chances for passing an immigration reform bill this year.
Is it just a petroleum hell that people -- mostly men -- willingly subject themselves in the interest of taking care of their family?
Even though the screening tests are generally noninvasive, follow-up exams and procedures often are not, and can increase a person's odds of being injured or overtreated.
Revelations about NSA spying have left people wondering about the privacy of their digital data. But what about the privacy of their faces?
College football is switching to a final-four like format for its championship starting in 2015, and will be moving the final game around the country. Officials with college football's Bowl Championship Series were in the Twin Cities over the weekend, considering Minneapolis for the 2017 championship game.
Chicago's Women and Children First is among the few feminist stores still standing, and one of the largest. The store opened 34 years ago in 1979. Now, after a long, successful run, the store's owners say they're ready to retire -- and they're looking for a buyer to continue the store's mission.
A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. What about you?
The Packers were still missing Clay Matthews and two other starting linebackers on the other side of the ball, too, but the Vikings (1-6) were stagnant until some meaningless movement at the end made the final score look a little better.
In Rochester, health care is more expensive than anywhere else in Minnesota because the Mayo Clinic sets the region's prices. That's the reality facing southeast Minnesota. Despite the federal Affordable Care Act and the new MNsure health coverage marketplace.
Fed up with tea party movement adherents in Congress who insisted upon a government shutdown, some business groups are signaling they've had enough.

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