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Friday, December 21, 2012

Survivors of the 2005 shooting at Red Lake Senior High School traveled to Connecticut this week to offer support to residents of Newtown. Twenty-six people died in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School a week ago Friday. (12/21/2012)
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released numbers Friday reporting a record number of people deported from the U.S. in 2012. However, numbers dropped slightly for the region that includes Minnesota. (12/21/2012)
A member of the Native Mob pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis Friday to killing a fellow gang member. (12/21/2012)
Some Minnesota hospitals will receive slightly less Medicare money while others will get bonuses, under provisions of the federal health care overhaul.
The FDA added its warning to Medtronic's letter to doctors last month that motors may stall on some SynchroMed pumps, potentially leading to a return of symptoms and possibly death.
Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation respond to the National Rifle Association's proposal today to add armed police officers at all U.S. schools.
Management at the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday cancelled all concerts through Feb. 10, but also offered locked-out musicians dates to talk without pre-conditions.
Police missed their best chances to catch the Tom Decker's killer in the minutes, hours and days following the shooting of the Cold Spring police officer, according to several people in the criminal justice system who have watched the case unfold.
Let's make this a moment when we came together and believed in something improbable.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of selling synthetic drugs that authorities say were misbranded and marketed as incense, potpourri or bath salts.
Because Congress failed to pass a new farm bill, price levels for milk are set to expire at the end of the year. If that happens, the price of milk will nearly double.
Rep. Keith Ellison says a fiscal cliff proposal that would slow the growth of spending on Social Security would mean big cuts to benefits. If approved, it's difficult to say exactly how much of a cut would happen per beneficiary.
Rep. Tony Cornish says a law allowing teachers to carry guns would put Minnesota in line with other countries and states. There's little evidence to support those claims.
Wells Fargo says some customers are still having what it calls intermittent access to the bank's website.
A week after a gunman killed 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers in Washington are starting to think about proposals for how to stop future rampages.
Today on the MPR News Update: The NRA breaks its silence over the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. Also, news about the shuttered St. Paul Ford plant, legislative agendas for environmentalists and same-sex marriage proponents, a mobile food shelf that's become a model for the nation, and a "Christmas Carol" from "tha hood."
Residents in northeastern Minnesota are still coping with damaged homes and lives after the June flood, a investigation continues in Cold Spring and a big blizzard walloped southern Minnesota. All that and more in our photos of the week.
The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that, quote, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
The Minnesota State Patrol says the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 between Albert Lea and the Iowa border have reopened.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the weather.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with KARE 11's Boyd Huppert about the stories he shares.
President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role."
The plant quit making Ranger pickup trucks a year ago, and the auto maker has been developing a phased plan to tear down the century-old plant.
The Minnesota Nurses Association said it has approved a contract negotiated with health care providers that belong to the Minnesota Hospitals Association.
Gov. Mark Dayton expects to be hospitalized for a few days next week for back surgery.
If you get a letter in the mail claiming your debt has been forgiven, you might want to hold onto it. A project called Rolling Jubilee is going into the debt market, buying people's debt for pennies on the dollar and abolishing it.
It should be an action-filled weekend for films, with a blockbuster musical that's been adapted into a blockbuster movie, a love story involving a marine animal trainer and a street fighter, and the latest Judd Apatow flick about life at 40.
The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."
President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, "We hear you."
If you are in the mood to see some live holiday music this weekend, we have a few suggestions for you.
Ever since its publication in 1843, "A Christmas Carol" has been a staple of the holiday season. The Charles Dickens novella has sparked countless adaptations, including a unique reimagining by a Minneapolis theater company.
Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession.
One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as imperfect.
Parts of southeast Minnesota were hit today by the first significant amounts of snowfall this season. The blizzard grazed the Twin Cities but will continue throughout parts of Iowa, southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A superstorm that wasn't so super, an election that seemed to go on forever and rap video that took the world by storm - those were just a few of the stories that made news in 2012. Test your knowledge of this year's events.
Amid a contentious labor dispute, locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are bringing their former music director back for a performance of Handel's Messiah on Thursday and Friday.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities announced Thursday that it will close the clubs for the next two weeks as a budget balancing measure.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was among a group of law enforcement officials that met with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about gun violence on Thursday.
The holiday break beginning tomorrow can be a hungry time for some Minnesota families that rely on free school lunch to keep their children fed.
America's population is now increasing a bit faster thanks to an improving economy, but not enough to lift growth above its lowest level since the Great Depression.
The first widespread snowstorm of the season plodded across the Midwest on Thursday, as whiteout conditions sent drivers sliding over slick roads and some travelers were forced to scramble for alternate ways to get to their holiday destinations.
The Wabasha Planning Board will decide Friday whether to allow Calgary-based Superior Sand Systems to build a sand transport facility in town.

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