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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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As the U.S. debates immigration policy, former President George W. Bush says it should "do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants." (12/04/2012)
The woman who was listed as the world's oldest person died Tuesday in a Georgia nursing home at age 116. (12/04/2012)
A pilot from Bemidji was killed when his plane crashed in northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon. (12/04/2012)
Police have released few details about the fatal shooting Thursday of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.
As Minnesota prepares to overhaul its system for treating sex offenders, at least one key lawmaker supports newly recommended reforms.
Canadian Pacific Railway will eliminate some 4,500 employee and contractor positions by 2016, the new chief executive of Canada's second largest railway announced Tuesday.
The real joy comes in meeting and talking with kids.
Wisconsin Badgers football coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.
A break in a fiber optic line west of Duluth has left about 650 people without telephone and emergency 911 service.
Minnesota State University Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner is still waiting to see whether he can return to work, after pornography charges against him were dismissed last week.
Wrongful death lawsuits have been settled over a New Ulm bed and breakfast fire that killed six people last year.
Minnesota and four other states are discussing their next move after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit asking that government officials be ordered to place barriers in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Janee Harteau, the first female and first openly gay police chief in Minneapolis history, was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony at City Hall.
Whether you love or hate Christmas carols, you can't escape them during the holiday season. Members of VocalEssence will join us to perform the good, the bad and the ugly.
Can we train our brains to become more intelligent? In recent years a number of commercial ventures have appeared promising to not just improve test scores, but improve underlying intelligence.
Would you pay a doctor a monthly membership fee for unlimited access? This direct pay for service model of medicine, dubbed concierge medicine, is a growing niche in U.S. health care.
Police have released the suspected killer in the Cold Spring shooting death of a police officer due to lack of evidence.
It seems as though nearly every ethnic group has an exotic fish specialty, and Scandinavian Americans claim two: lutefisk and pickled herring. On assembly lines at the Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis they cater to both, packing thousands of pounds of preserved fish into jars and boxes every year.
A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006.
Netflix's video subscription service has trumped pay-TV channels and grabbed the rights to show Disney movies shortly after they finish their runs in theaters.
The nation's oldest university has formally recognized Harvard College Munch, a group promoting discussions and safe practices of kinky and alternative sex.
Minnesota Public Radio President and CEO Jon McTaggart answers questions from the radio and online audiences about MPR's news, information and music programming on the radio and in the digital world.
A huge copper-nickel mine proposed for just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area has again increased the estimate of minerals at the site.
Dr. Jon Hallberg, a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, spoke on All Things Considered about some of the latest thinking on HIV/AIDS.
When treating cancer patients who suffer a second bout of the disease, doctors know catching the recurrence soon is crucial to the patient's chances of survival. It's especially been a challenge with prostate cancer. That's why a new Mayo Clinic scanning technique that helps doctors detect recurring prostate cancers months or even years earlier than before, is receiving considerable attention.
Today on the MPR News Update we're covering detailed reports about the voting problems in Minneapolis, the pricing policies of companies who want your Christmas shopping business, a new scan for prostate cancer, high schools students who honor Gordon Parks everyday of the year, and more.
Fifteen cattlemen from Kazakhstan have taken ranching tips back to their country after spending time with some veteran North Dakota cowboys.
The "Gangnam Style" singer is part of tonight's "Jingle Ball" at the Xcel Energy Center. Despite Psy's amazing popularity, American media doesn't seem interested in learning much else about him.
The Stearns County Attorney says she still doesn't have enough evidence to charge Ryan Larson with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker.
A division of Emerson Electronics Co. is asking for state and local financial incentives to bring 500 jobs to a vacant plant in Shakopee.
Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer to talk about this new attempt to get players back on the ice is Mike Russo.
A proposal to mine sand and gravel on the St. Croix River faces more scrutiny Tuesday evening in Scandia.
A judge says an 8-year-old boy who was allegedly starved by a Minnesota couple will remain in foster care for now.
With less than a month to go before automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts kick in, Gov. Mark Dayton was in Washington to discuss the fiscal cliff with President Barack Obama.
A police officer who was killed last week in Minnesota in what authorities say was an ambush once helped Lisa Stukey when she feared an intruder was inside her home. So, the Cold Spring woman organized a candlelight vigil so she could thank the officer "one last time."
Republicans are proposing a "fiscal cliff" plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks with President Barack Obama last year, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue.
Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one.
Some products seem to be the same price no matter where you look or how much you shop. That's exactly what many manufacturers want to keep their profits from eroding. But it's getting harder for manufacturers to enforce those prices.
During the centennial year of Gordon Parks birthday, students at the school named for the great photographer and director talk about what he means to them now.
The federal health care overhaul is here to stay after surviving an epic legal battle at the United States Supreme Court and the contentious 2012 elections. But that does not mean the massive law will remain intact, as enacted. Congress may be tempted to raid some of the Affordable Care Act's funding as part of a deal to avert the collection of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff."
Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.
The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed.
The military has failed to correct the wrongful discharges of thousands of Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an advocacy group says in a federal lawsuit.

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