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Sunday, December 16, 2012

One of the children killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting has relatives in Minnesota. Her grandmother, Irene Hagen, remembers Charlotte Bacon, 6, as a sweet, energetic girl. (12/16/2012)
If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there's a reason. PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. (12/16/2012)
The matriarch of a Minnesota musical family is going out in style. Jeanne Arland Peterson will celebrate her retirement with a Peterson Family New Year's concert Dec. 29 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. (12/16/2012)
Prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone are being prescribed in Minnesota in greater numbers than ever before. A newspaper investigation found that legal distribution of all opioids increased statewide by 72 percent from 2005 to 2011.
Adrian Peterson ran for a season-best 212 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown that fueled the Minnesota Vikings' big second quarter in a 36-22 victory that spoiled the St. Louis Rams' home finale Sunday.
Even in retirement, Barney Frank promises to antagonize the right wing. The 72-year-old Massachusetts representative ends a storied congressional career in less than three weeks.
Millions of families and businesses will get hit by big tax increases a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don't agree on a plan to skirt the year-end fiscal cliff of higher tax rates and big government spending cuts. In fact, they already have.
The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage shot his mother multiple times in the head before going to the school and gunning down 26, and he committed suicide as first responders closed in, authorities said Sunday, raising the specter that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short.
Regulators are completing final elements of the Dodd-Frank Act, and the new financial regulation rules are set to go into effect soon. What will these rules accomplish in terms of monitoring the banking industry?
The Salvation Army holiday fundraising campaign is on track to meet its goal. The nonprofit has raised about $4 million in the Twin Cities metro area and hopes to reach $9.8 million by the end of December. About half of that money has been donated in the Salvation Army's traditional red kettles.
A Metropolitan Council committee will consider on Monday whether to recommend a half-million-dollar grant to clean up a polluted industrial site where the Surly Brewing Co. wants to build a new facility.
The man charged with the murder of two teens in Little Falls last month will appear in court on Monday afternoon.
The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.
Most died at the very start of their young lives, tiny victims taken in a way not fit for anyone regardless of age. Others found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. After the gunfire ended Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the trail of loss was more than many could bear.
They are seen as the progenitors of Chicano rock `n' roll, the first band that had the boldness, and some might even say the naivete, to fuse punk rock with Mexican folk tunes. It was a group called Los Lobos that had the unusual idea of putting an accordion, a saxophone and something called a bajo sexto alongside drums and Fender Stratocaster guitars and then blasting a ranchera-flavored folk tune or a Conjunto inspired melody.
As Republicans dust off their Election Day drubbing last month, their party must confront the reality that the ranks of unmarried women are growing rapidly, and these voters overwhelmingly have backed Democrats for decades. Women increasingly are graduating from college and joining the workforce, and postponing marriage.

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