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Thursday, October 31, 2013

The good news: the upcoming weekend looks pretty decent. Now the slightly scary news: the weather maps are starting to look much more chaotic by mid-November. (10/31/2013)
Airline passengers won't have to "turn off all electronic devices" anymore -- they'll be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate under new guidelines. (10/31/2013)
The Oregon highway engineer who blew up a dead beached whale with a half-ton of dynamite in 1970 has died at the age of 84. (10/31/2013)
The Morrison County jury deliberated about three hours before convicting 30-year-old Keon "Bird" Mangun of third-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of a 19-year-old woman.
Concordia College is moving its annual Christmas concert off-campus this year because of concerns about the snow load capacity on the roof of Memorial Auditorium.
A Mankato church is offering a $1,000 reward to try to find whoever broke stained-glass windows and damaged an elevator at the church.
If Mayor Chris Coleman and challenger Tim Holden agree on anything, it's that Tuesday's election is a referendum on Coleman's two terms in office.
At least 146,000 policy holders in Minnesota have received letters saying their plan will no longer be available, but they can enroll in a new -- and typically more expensive -- plan their insurer offers.
Some people put out pumpkins for Halloween. James Broden prefers zombie babies (the plastic kind, of course).
The search comes amid frustration over technical glitches that affected tests taken by thousands of students last spring. Education department officials have documented problems they've had with the company, ranging from issue with test questions and scoring to inability to meet deadlines.
The defeats immediately subjected Democratic leaders to pressure from liberal groups and newer Democratic senators to change Senate rules that let the minority party -- currently Republicans -- force the majority to muster 60 votes on controversial nominations, instead of a simple majority.
The revelation comes a day after Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state's economic development office was being investigated.
The driver and the passenger suffered minor injuries during the fight, and the passenger's phone was broken.
Earlier this week, a woman who said the the Rev. Robert Thurner sexually abused her as a child filed a lawsuit against the priest and the archdiocese. In 1991, Thurner retired and confessed to sexual contact with at least three boys as part of a lawsuit filed by one of the victims. Another victim sued in 1993.
The former poet laureate says he had to learn to use humor for a serious purpose.
Even though birds are starting to head south for the winter, there's plenty to interest birdwatchers as the temperatures fall.
Residents have complained the odor gives them headaches, burn their throat and make their eyes water.
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been indicted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations he engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl. The investigation came after a restraining order was issued against Scannell to keep him away from the girl.
"The city has taken a fairly hard line position in terms of many parts of this deal," said council member Lisa Goodman, one of the loudest critics of the Vikings stadium and of skirting the city charter's cap on sports facility spending. "From my point of view this is a great deal."
The guitar is being offered for sale Dec. 6, Christie's told The Associated Press. Five lots of hand- and typewritten lyric fragments found inside the guitar case -- early versions of some of Dylan's legendary songs -- also are being sold. The lyrics have a pre-sale estimate ranging from $3,000 to $30,000.
In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar.
Gustavus' six-foot corpse flower is getting ready to bloom.
The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.
Gallagher joins us to discuss her memoir and how her illness redefined her faith.
Police started noticing increased heroin traffic this year.
What kind of a winter are we likely to get this season, and how do we know?
Where do the interests of the business community and anti-tax leaders fit with the interests of longtime immigration-reform advocates?
Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf were sued by business partners in a New Jersey real estate development and ordered to pay $84 million in damages. In the case, they claim the judge "embraced an anti-wealth bias that gave undue weight to public curiosity."
Seasonably cool is how Paul Huttner describes the weather this evening for trick or treaters in Minnesota. The fog and drizzle are lifting, but the clouds hang in tonight. Throw an extra layer under the costume this year and the kids should be good to go.
Comedian Russel Brand writes: "I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites." Do you agree?
Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen for three straight weeks and are close to the pre-recession levels that were reached in August.
"The parents at this school are amazing," a volunteer said during a food drive. That's when a woman walking by added, "Those people won't know what most of that is. I mean, really, quinoa?" Wait, "those people?" What does that mean?
The Sox won the best-of-seven World Series in six games. With the headline out of the way, here's a cheat sheet for those of us who need to be ready with something to say about this year's Fall Classic
Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left to force overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 120-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Minneapolis police said they responded to a 911 call near midnight Wednesday and found a man shot to death in parked car.
Some of those on this list from the Daily Circuit are long-time favorites, but some will surprise you. And some of the stories are true.
The Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul was closed Wednesday after employees discovered a powdery substance in an envelope.
The candidates particularly disagree on public subsidies for big downtown development projects, including the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and a big, new downtown hotel.
It's a weird and wide-open race for mayor this year in Minnesota's largest city.
Whether consciously or not, distracted walkers now assume that it's the responsibility of other pedestrians to make way for them, not the other way around. To nip this development in the bud, one man proposes a "simple, legal, non-aggressive act of resistance," namely, refusing to play along.
Federal Reserve policymakers will continue their program of buying bonds to help put downward pressure on the cost of borrowing, which is intended to help boost the battered housing market.
Rather than calling Soylent an "ideal diet," this inventor is calling it a healthier, convenient alternative to takeout and rice and beans.

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