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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mayan ritual
Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity -- the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. (12/15/2012)
Connecticut shooting
In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut. Once again there were scenes of chaos as rescuers and media descended on the scene. Once again there were pictures of weeping survivors clutching one another. And once again a chorus of pundits debated gun control and violence as society attempted to make sense of the senseless. (12/15/2012)
Lucie Amundsen
It's hard to image one's children in fear and out of reach. (12/15/2012)
The 21st World Memory Championships are under way in London this weekend. About 75 competitors from some two dozen countries are vying to see who can memorize the most numbers, faces, playing cards or random words in a set amount of time.
The family of a 9-year-old boy who died from a rare infection after swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater plans to sue the city, county and state for $1.5 million.
Congress has barely two weeks to agree on a deficit-cutting deal to keep the nation from going over the "fiscal cliff" in the new year. The problem is that right now there is no such deal to agree on. Republicans reject the higher tax rates for top incomes that President Obama demands. And they also insist on more austere entitlement programs, which has Democrats digging in their heels.
Investigators tried to figure out what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled Saturday with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported fair driving conditions Saturday on wet roads throughout the Twin Cities.
Allegiant Airlines is starting regular flights out of the St. Cloud Regional Airport. It's the first time in three years that the airport will have regular air service.
The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting.
Victims of wrongful foreclosures have about one month to apply for funds from a national mortgage settlement.
A missile complex in North Dakota, built in the 1970s to shoot down incoming nuclear missiles, was mothballed shortly it opened. Late Friday, the government sold the property for $530,000 to an unknown buyer.
When she was 18 years old, Judy Tureson's grandmother passed away. She left Tureson a small Santa Claus figurine. Thirty-five years later, that Santa has plenty of company. Tureson estimates that she now has more than 2,300 Santa Claus-themed decorations.
Is this the "new normal?" The Ides of December should be delivering snow to the Twin Cities. This year it looks like a rainy weekend mix.
The votes in Washington and Colorado last month legalizing marijuana were just the latest developments in the debate over marijuana use in the United States. Lawmakers and activists in some other states are contemplating their next moves in regards to marijuana.
Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand idly by as they are implemented got one from the president himself.
In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.

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