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Monday, December 3, 2012

A strong earthquake Monday was felt over a 175-mile swath of Alaska, including the state's largest city, but there were no immediate reports of damage beyond items knocked off shelves. (12/03/2012)
A federal judge Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by five states that want barriers placed in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but said he would consider new arguments if the case were filed again. (12/03/2012)
A dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia, indicating that efforts to stem the illegal trade are making progress, an attorney said Monday. (12/03/2012)
Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam -- much like the bar exam for lawyers -- before being allowed to enter the profession, one of the nation's largest teachers unions said Monday.
Minneapolis elections officials say high voter turnout and thousands of same-day registrations led to long lines at some polling sites on Election Day.
True love is not the only course that never did run smooth.
The Richfield Police Department is investigating an incident in October involving a convicted felon found in a minivan full of rifles and shotguns.
This month, Minnesota farmers should receive their survey forms for the five-year agricultural census which informs federal farm policy.
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he is sticking with Christian Ponder as the team's starting quarterback, even after Ponder's struggles in a loss to Green Bay.
A new scanning technique only available at the Mayo Clinic is helping doctors detect recurrent prostate cancer months, even years, earlier than before. The scan allows men with cancer to get treatment that is both faster and potentially more effective than current tests.
House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits.
Some parents dream of having a gifted and talented child, but the reality of raising one may be more than parents bargain for. Parents say in many ways raising a child prodigy is equivalent to bringing up a special needs child who requires constant and unique attention.
This year's Washington Monthly College Guide took a different approach to the much-anticipated college rankings report. The magazine created a new ranking algorithm, where cost, accountability and productivity are taken into account.
Mortgage deductions, 401k savings plans and other financial tools that help consumers save money cost the federal government billions of dollars of potential revenue. Might popular tax deductions be in danger with the looming Jan. 1 fiscal cliff?
In the wake of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, journalist Justin Peters looked at the issue of domestic violence and the NFL.
The two largest teachers unions in Wisconsin have agreed to begin discussions on a merger. What would a merger mean for the state's teachers?
Kerri's Pick of the Week book is "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. Kerri heard librarian Nancy Pearl rave about it on NPR's Morning Edition.
The Food and Drug Administration will collaborate with a public-private partnership conceived by LifeScience Alley, a trade group for Minnesota's medical device companies.
From the Intelligence Squared debate series, four people debate the proposition that we should legalize drugs in the United States.
Weakening demand for coal has prompted Canadian Pacific Railway Co. to mothball plans to extend its Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad network into the Powder River Basin to ship Wyoming coal to power plants in other states, the company announced Monday.
The White House says it is increasingly concerned that the beleaguered regime in Syria might be considering use of chemical weapons against its own people and warned that doing so would "cross a red line."
Welcome to the MPR News Update, Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today we're reporting about advocates for same-sex marriage gearing up for a fight in the Legislature. We also ask whether Minnesotans care about the fiscal cliff. And, why we be worried about "superbugs."
The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states likely will remain sluggish because of weakness in ethanol and food production, but conditions vary widely across the region, according to a report released Monday.
St. James's Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge - formerly known as Kate Middleton - has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.
For Alzheimer's patients and their families, desperate for an effective treatment for the epidemic disease, there's hope from new studies starting up and insights from recent ones that didn't quite pan out.
Officer Tom Decker, shot and killed last week, left behind lots of grieving family members, including four children. Their mother and caretaker is Becky Decker of Sartell, Tom Decker's former wife.
David Oliver Relin, co-author of the best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" that drew allegations parts of it were fabricated, has committed suicide in Oregon, authorities said.
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on "Sunday Night Football" to advocate for gun control following the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.
Two economists discuss the future of Social Security and Medicare at a forum held November 28, 2012 at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School.
The numbers will help Gov. Mark Dayton put the finishing touches on a two-year budget proposal that he'll unveil in mid-January.
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on "Sunday Night Football" to advocate for gun control following the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.
California is currently experiencing the first of what many experts believe will be prolonged storms that threaten to flood parts of the state. What is causing these storms?
The drug and alcohol treatment center Hazleden is bringing together several experts Tuesday in St. Louis Park to discuss the increased use of synthetic drugs in Minnesota, especially in the metro.
A new Mayo Clinic study shows diabetes patients with ovarian cancer who took the drug metformin for their diabetes had a better survival rate than patients who did not take the drug.
There is growing concern among health care professionals about the spread of so-called superbugs. State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer to talk about the situation.
Same-sex marriage supporters in Minnesota gathered on Saturday to talk about the best ways to translate their defeat of the marriage amendment into other ways of advancing their goals, including making same-sex marriage legal.
It may not sound like it from the rhetoric, but both the House and Senate already have passed separate bills to delay big tax increases awaiting nearly every taxpayer next year if Congress and the White House can't agree on a plan to avert the "fiscal cliff."
The White House says Republicans should come clean about how much they're willing to raise tax rates on the rich. Republicans counter that President Barack Obama's latest plan is a joke.
A once-unfathomable notion, the lawful possession and private use of pot, becomes an American reality this week when Washington State's law goes into effect.
The funeral for a Cold Spring police officer killed in the line of duty is set for Wednesday.
After ensuring that other deployed U.S. troops got their greetings from afar, a Minnesota National Guard unit is on the final leg of its trip home from Afghanistan.
Delta Air Lines Inc. is mulling the purchased of a 49 percent stake in British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways from Singapore Airlines Ltd., according to media reports.
James Starks had Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in almost two months, Morgan Burnett picked off Christian Ponder twice and the Packers overcame a monster day by Adrian Peterson for a 23-14 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday.
The animal world may teach us everything we need to know about each other.
Minnesota teenagers and young adults have stronger employment numbers than most of their peers across the country, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks youth and work.
If Congress and President Obama don't reach a deal to resolve the fiscal cliff before the end of the year, a series of tax hikes and federal spending cuts will kick in on Jan. 1. But many Minnesotans aren't paying much attention to the fiscal cliff.
Making an already head-splittingly difficult deal on the fiscal cliff even harder to resolve is a set of three rules by which the Republicans who run the House play. These unofficial rules are leaving House Speaker John Boehner little room to maneuver as lawmakers try to avoid a set of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at the end of the year.

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