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Monday, November 12, 2012

It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn't Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan? (11/12/2012)
Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. (11/12/2012)
Mexico drug operation
A group of Latin American leaders declared Monday that votes by two U.S. states to legalize marijuana have important implications for efforts to quash drug smuggling, offering the first government reaction from a region increasingly frustrated with the U.S.-backed war on drugs. (11/12/2012)
The United States will become the world's largest oil producer by around 2020, temporarily overtaking Saudi Arabia, as new exploration technologies help find more resources, the International Energy Agency forecast on Monday.
Republican leaders say the government can raise tax "revenues" without raising tax "rates."
The snowfall that paralyzed Monday morning's commute also resulted in about 20 minor bus-related accidents in the Metro area, but no injuries.
A nearly 20-year-old HIV seminar program at the University of Minnesota is being retired because attendance has dropped.
Struggling consumer electronics chain Best Buy said Monday that a former Williams-Sonoma executive will become its new chief financial officer beginning Dec. 10.
"New Yorker" writer Ian Frazier believes he's found a new literary voice. Well, maybe not new, but one until recently rarely heard in polite company. The voice that Frazier pens is the "Cursing Mommy," and his new novel "The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days" lets that voice roar.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request $30 billion in federal aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, which heavily damaged parts of New York City and Long Island, he said Monday.
We've all heard about the millions of children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Are pharmaceutical companies now trying to tap adults to widen the market?
Hurricane Sandy has once again brought criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as some Americans believe the government organization isn't an efficient use of money. Is FEMA outdated?
We continue our look at titles from the Library of Congress' 88 Books that Shaped America list with Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.'
In a Slate article Monday, Hanna Rosin wrote, "The battle over the reputation of Paula Broadwell, who had an affair with General David Petraeus, might as well be taking place on some fifteen-year-old's Facebook page." Why are we stuck asking such unsophisticated questions about women at the center of sex scandals?
Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, will join The Daily Circuit Tuesday in the second of two conversations about immigration reform.
The author of "Enrique's Journey" speaks as part of MPR's Broadcast Journalist Series, moderated by MPR News editor Toni Randolph.
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Hunters have killed more than 110 wolves since the start of the state's first managed wolf hunting season 10 days ago.
Oxygen levels are up in the Minnesota River, a key indicator that one of the state's dirtiest waterways is getting healthier and that efforts to reduce pollution from wastewater treatment plants are working, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Monday.
Minneapolis police say a 21-year-old man was charged Monday for assaulting and seriously injuring an infant at a north Minneapolis home last month.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus began an affair with his biographer in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday.
In the MPR News Update today, we use Edina as a microcosm to explain the Legislature's flip from Republican to Democratic control, two small and rare late-season tornadoes touch down in the Twin Cities metro, congressman-elect Rick Nolan heads back to Washington after a 32-year hiatus from Capitol Hill, and Best Buy's new boss gets ready for a grilling from investors.
The median home price climbed to $175,000, up nearly 15 percent from the same period last year. October was the eighth consecutive month of price gains.
The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
A light snow that happened to fall during rush hour caused major delays as icy conditions led to crashes, spinouts and stuck buses.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.' It was recently chosen as one of the Library of Congress's 88 Books That Shaped America.
Parts of the northeast are still reeling from Sandy's impact on the electrical grid. How can we improve the grid for the future?
MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with state Rep. Kurt Daudt.
Puerto Ricans have supported U.S. statehood in a vote that jubilant members of the pro-statehood party say is the strongest sign yet that the Caribbean island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.
Under the new system, residents can combine all their recyclable refuse in one container without separating paper, plastic, glass and other items.
The storm happened late Saturday night. The National Weather Service said one tornado touched down in Burnsville, mostly between interstates 35W and 35E. Another area in West St. Paul suffered additional damage as the storm moved northeast.
As questions swirl about the extramarital affair that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, he and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, have been quiet about details of their relationship. However, information has emerged about the woman who received the emails from Broadwell that led to the FBI's discovery of Petraeus' indiscretion.
Control of the Legislature may have turned from the Republicans to the DFL on Nov. 6, but the state's two biggest parties weren't the only players in this year's election drama. The Independence Party -- which came to prominence with Jesse Ventura -- is back.
With Christian Ponder and the rest of the Vikings providing the necessary balance this time, Peterson padded his NFL rushing lead and put a supposedly devastating injury even further in the past.
Five people were injured -- including two critically -- after shots were fired in the parking lot of a southern Minnesota events center.
Target Corp. says it will open its doors at 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly could be in for a severe grilling on Tuesday as he meets with analysts and investors in New York City.
The political parties disagree over whether voters gave Democrats a mandate to govern -- or whether 2012 is another example of a fickle electorate looking for instant results from elected officials. In Minnesota the answers to those questions can be found in the city of Edina.
A lifelong love of the outdoors inspired Jean Sanford Replinger of Marshall to join Outward Bound and open up the organization to girls back in 1965.
After more than three decades, former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan is returning to Congress on Monday for freshman orientation sessions this week. Nolan, however stands out in the class of incoming representatives because he has already served three terms in Congress, which gives him instant seniority.

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