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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday giving
During last year's holiday season, an anonymous donor left 23 envelopes containing $1,000 each at Salvation Army kettles across the Twin Cities. (11/20/2012)
Dolphins are washing ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins and federal officials are looking into the mysterious deaths. (11/20/2012)
The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over. (11/20/2012)
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology, rather than the half-century egg method.
Dr. Jon Hallberg, MPR's medical analyst and a physician in family medicine at the U of M, speaks on initiatives in the military to use the arts to help soldiers heal.
The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can shutter its operations.
Once, he prayed for things; then he prayed for help; now he prays for something else.
Severely obese truckers have about a 50 percent higher accident rate in their first two years on the job than their colleagues who are a normal weight, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on their more than $300 million experiment and say they may be ready to begin collecting data as early as February.
From the America Abroad series, a program about young people in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Syria. Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have new governments, but what has changed for young people and their social and political activism?
After being blocked in court, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he hasn't decided whether to ask the reconfigured Legislature to permit a unionization drive by home-based child care providers.
Best Buy officials had warned investors that its revenue and earnings report would be disappointing. Tuesday's sell-off indicates investors found the actual numbers far more direful than the warning.
Longtime Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned Tuesday from "Sesame Street" amid a second allegation that he sexually abused underage boys.
The hunt for brain injury treatments has suffered a big disappointment in a major study that found zero benefits from a supplement that the U.S. military had hoped would help wounded troops.
The National Book Awards were announced last week and today we'll hear Kerri Miller's conversations with two of the winners.
The Simpson-Bowles deficit-cutting plan is in the spotlight as pundits and politicians speculate about what a bipartisan budget compromise will look like.
Now that the post-election soul searching is underway, what lies ahead for the Republican party? What ideas will take hold among the conservative base?
Thanksgiving is a time of long-standing food traditions for many families. But what if you don't have a go-to Thanksgiving bring-along? Or the time to whip something up?
Apparently, reporters around town have been acting like -- get this -- journalists. And the police department isn't too pleased.
Minnesota banks on the whole had fewer bad loans and slightly better profits in the three months ending in September.
Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, spoke to MPR's Elizabeth Dunbar about the implications of the health monitoring programs.
As Minnesota workers weigh their health insurance options for next year, more are being offered financial incentives to participate in wellness programs that monitor their health.
ABM spent at least $1.1 million targeting 32 races this year, many that the DFL narrowly lost in 2010. It lost only 6, and the DFL re-took control of both the Minnesota House and Senate, further cementing ABM's reputation as a juggernaut in Minnesota politics.
In the MPR News Update today, the Metropolitan Airports Commission puts part of a controversial new flight path proposal on hold, a Minnesota Marine has died in Afghanistan, and the winningest coach in the history of college football hangs up his clipboard after 60 years.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday urged Congress and the Obama administration to strike a budget deal to avert tax increases and spending cuts that could trigger a recession next year.
While the cancellation of concerts is the most public result of the lockout of musicians at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, music educators are concerned about the lockouts' long-term impact on their students.
In its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group examined more than 200 toys on store shelves at major retailers and dollar stores and found about a dozen that could be dangerous to children.
Continued strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods as its net income climbed 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter.
An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 U.S. states last month, the latest indication that the job market is slowly healing.
Black Friday is traditionally the most important day of the year for U.S. retailers, and they've been trying to make the day last as long as possible by opening stores earlier. Last year, many stores opened at midnight, and Wal-mart opened at 10pm on Thanksgiving. This year, stores are expanding Black Friday hours even more - Toys R Us, Sears and Wal-mart all are opening as early as 8pm on Thanksgiving.
The state is organizing a series of forums to give citizens the chance to share with top officials their priorities regarding the environment.
Joining MPR's Phil Picardi with some more perspective on the retirement of John Gagliardi is Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune.
Joining MPR's Phil Picardi to discuss why we're seeing such strong comebacks after ACL surgery is Jeffrey Macalena, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota.
Julie Weisenhorn, director of the master gardener program at University of Minnesota Extension, said gardeners can help prepare their gardens and lawns to thrive next year by taking a few small steps.
The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in "violent jihad," the FBI said.
Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have staked out tough, hard-to-bridge positions, and the gaps keep alive the threat of an Israeli ground invasion.
There's more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum.
Sheriff's officials say the shooting happened about 5 p.m. Monday in the town of Superior -- a few miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.
JoLyn Means says the Marines told her family Sunday night that her 23-year-old brother, Lance Cpl. Dale Means, was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand province.
Jessica Shauffhausen posted the request email on the Facebook memorial page devoted to her three daughters, Amara, Sophie and Cecilia.
When many people think of truck drivers and their lifestyle, they likely envision someone who sits a lot, eats loads of unhealthy food and consumes too many soft drinks.
Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke. But there it is, in the title of a report published in a scientific journal: "Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes."
There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.
The Federal Aviation Administration's plan to safely accommodate increased air traffic and make it more efficient involves concentrating flight routes into a series of super air highways.

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