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Monday, November 19, 2012

SJU football
John Gagliardi, St. John's University's football coach who holds the national record for most college football wins ever, is retiring. (11/19/2012)
Proposed flight paths
The Metropolitan Airports Commission voted to support partially implementing a proposed change in flight patterns at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (11/19/2012)
Meningitis
A Senate committee investigating the deadly outbreak of meningitis wants to know how regulators in all 50 states oversee specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered the illness. (11/19/2012)
David Beckham says the MLS Cup next month will be his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
As the holiday season approaches, the Minnesota State Patrol plans to step up enforcement against drunk drivers.
Iron ore mining is a classic boom and bust industry. When times are good, they can be really good. Of course, the opposite is true when the economy slows.
A handful of St. Paul business owners went to court today to try to convince a federal judge that light-rail planners are taking too long to study how Central Corridor construction is affecting them.
Challenge to no-contact orders comes at the expense of those who are already at severe risk.
The University of Maryland joined the Big 10 Conference Monday, bringing the number of teams in the Minnesota Gophers' athletic conference to 13.
Take a moment to consider a delicacy that has an important place on the Thanksgiving table and throughout the holiday season: the lowly cranberry.
With little notice, Israel has launched a blistering air offensive against the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group. Here's a look at why the violence erupted, the goals of the warring sides and how it may end:
U.S. stocks had their best day since the election. Market-watchers are citing optimism about a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and government spending cuts.
Police have released the names of a woman and her two grandchildren killed in a fiery crash between a car and a school bus in Inver Grove Heights.
Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the company won't go out of business just yet.
Steven Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will join the Daily Circuit to discuss the latest developments on the continuing conflict in Gaza.
The Intelligence Squared US debate looks at the popular uprisings of Arab Spring and considers the leadership of Islamist majorities. Will there be radicalization and increased anti-Americanism in the region, or will the spread of democratic values bring about a more liberalized Arab world?
City officials say contractors completed structural repairs on the bridge, where support cables broke loose last winter.
Born and raised in Duluth, Wing Young Huie is best known for his public art installations, most recently the University Avenue project, in which he turned a six-mile stretch of the thoroughfare into an outdoor photo gallery.
The retailer says its website has received "unprecedented" traffic Monday but has not gone down.
A lifelong St. Paul resident whose passion for running led him to finish 187 marathons has died of lung cancer at age 64.
Today on the MPR News Update, we keep score on the wolf hunt, report on the high number of Twin Cities teenage athletes using steroids, look back at SJU coach Gagliardi's long tenure as he retires, and relay the Mall of America's ban on unaccompanied teens for Black Friday.
Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart all celebrate their 50th year of business this year. They were born after prohibitions against volume discounts and set prices broke down. Now the giant chains face one of their biggest challenges -- evolving in the Internet age.
When the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013 were announced in October, the debate began. Who from the list should be inducted? Who was left off the list?
Kerri Miller's book Pick of the Week is Jonathan Haidt's 'The Righteous Mind.' Haidt is an evolutionary psychologist who explores why we believe in what we believe, and why others don't have the same political or religious worldviews.
During his press conference last week, President Barack Obama affirmed his belief that climate change is real and something needs to be done to address it. What would a short-term solution look like, and is it enough to address the issue?
Endurance athletes often turn to the same stimulant that gives your morning cup of joe its jolt: caffeine. They're increasingly using caffeinated gels and drinks when they compete. But how much is too much?
Maryland will become a member of the Big Ten starting in 2014. Rutgers is expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten.
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six and a half years, driven by strong demand for newly built homes and growing optimism that the housing recovery will strengthen next year.
U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October, helped by improvement in the job market and record-low mortgage rates. The increase along with a jump in homebuilder confidence this month suggests the housing market continues to recover.
Technology is introduced under the guise of making our lives better. And for the most part, military drones and robots are so smart, they're able to make better decisions than humans. But who's to blame if they make a mistake?
The National Tax Association wrapped up its annual conference over the weekend in Rhode Island and there was a lot of talk there about the fiscal cliff and U.S. tax policy.
Hostess Brands Inc., baker of Wonder Bread as well as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's, will be in a New York bankruptcy courtroom Monday to start the process of selling itself.
Four people were arrested over the weekend after officers obtained a search warrant for a home.
AJ Barker posted a lengthy letter to his blog on Sunday, explaining why he was leaving the University of Minnesota football program.
Minneapolis police are investigating the deaths of two men found dead just a mile apart on the North Side this weekend.
Lawmakers want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration's now-discredited "talking points" about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and why a final draft omitted the CIA's early conclusion that terrorists were involved.
Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 100.
Authorities say the three people killed in a fiery crash between a car and school bus accident in Inver Grove Heights were a woman and her two grandchildren.
Mall spokesman Dan Jasper says unsupervised teenagers won't be allowed on Thanksgiving night, all day on Black Friday and the entire week between Christmas and New Year's.
We can save ourselves a lot of emotional and financial pain if we focus on prevention and recovery.
There are 147 fewer wolves in northern Minnesota forests today. That's the final tally for the early wolf hunting season that ended Sunday. Hunters and trappers will get another chance when the second part of the season begins on Saturday.
University of Minnesota researchers have found that Twin Cities teens are using steroids and muscle-enhancing substances at higher rates than previously thought.
A year ago, hardly anybody knew what a "massive open online course" (MOOC) was. But the Internet-based courses offered by elite universities through Coursera, by a consortium led by Harvard and MIT called edX, and by others, are proving wildly popular, with some classes attracting hundreds of thousands of students.
The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks.

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