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Monday, December 31, 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The kind of blood clot in the skull that doctors say Hillary Rodham Clinton has is relatively uncommon but can occur after an injury like the fall and concussion the secretary of state was diagnosed with earlier this month. (12/31/2012)
A doctor examines a tuberculosis patient's X-ray
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades. (12/31/2012)
Izzy's Ice Cream pulls three ice cream flavors over concerns that cinnamon from an outside supplier was contaminated. (12/31/2012)
Hennepin County authorities have charged a 34-year-old man for a fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis over the weekend.
The Minnesota Attorney General says she hopes the new Legislature will roll back the state's practice of allowing utilities to charge temporary rate increases.
Firefighters found the body of a Shoreview woman in her burning home Monday morning.
A University of North Dakota scientist says an antibody to protect poultry from avian influenza could be on the market within a year.
DFL leaders say they'd like to make more higher education funding a priority when the legislative session starts next week. But public colleges and universities may have to work harder to get that money.
The state health department and Minnesota health systems say this could be the worst flu season they've seen in years, with flu case numbers so far rivaling those seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Hospitalizations are up, and some Twin Cities area hospitals are at or near capacity due to a surge in flu cases.
Former U.S. Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale discusses the need for reform in the Senate, and why he thinks congressional paralysis is such a crisis for the country.
The Korean-American novelist Don Lee's latest book "The Collective" uses Macalester College in St. Paul as a launching point for a tale about the Asian-American experience. Lee said of his four books so far, "The Collective" is his most personal.
Five men are injured after an explosion in an ice fishing camper near Williams in far northern Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton is spending one more day at the Mayo Clinic to recover from back surgery. He had initially planned to be released Monday.
The Ice Castle outside the Mall of America opens to the public on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. A preview was held Sunday evening for the structure, created by Ice Castles LLC, a company that builds ice castles using icicles that are grown, then fused together to make a series of walls, archways and tunnels. Work on the structure began Dec. 1 and will continue over the next three weeks. It will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak.
Agonizingly close to a New Year's Eve compromise, the White House and congressional Republicans agreed Monday to block across-the-board tax increases set for midnight, but held up a final deal as they haggled away the final hours of 2012 in a dispute over spending cuts.
Today on a holiday-shortened version of the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Vikings clinch a spot in the playoffs after beating the Packers by a field goal. What will 2013 bring after a beastly year for Best Buy and Supervalu? And as 'fiscal cliff' negotiations get down to the wire, some economists say we shouldn't worry if it takes a few weeks longer to hammer out a deal.
Persistent warmth has been a remarkable feature in Minnesota and the USA in 2012. As of Sunday, the annual mean temperature in the Twin Cities was tied for the warmest year on record with 1931 at 50.8F.
Metro Transit will be offering free rides on buses and trains tonight for New Year's revelers. It's the second year for the program. The rides start at 6 p.m.
Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin interviews late-night television legend David Letterman on the WNYC public radio show "Here's the Thing."
On the subject of gun rights, a divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban. As the nation responds to the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now.
As 2012 comes to a close, we've been replaying some of the stories from the past year that our reporters found most memorable.
New analysis by the Wall Street Journal suggests that tuition at public universities has been rising much faster than inflation because of bloated buraucracies. Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer with reaction to that finding is Laura Brod, a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
We'll get the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations from Lisa Mascaro of the Tribune Washington Bureau.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "The Double Game" by Dan Fesperman.
Minnesota is among the nation's leaders in wind energy production, and several of the state's wind energy businesses have urged Congress to extend the production tax credit, or PTC.
Clinton's doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.
Split Rock Lighthouse is probably the most photographed site in Minnesota. Tuesday marks the day when, in 1969, news spread to the lighthouse keeper and the few Coast Guardsmen stationed there that the station was decommissioned.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says 21-year-old Daneilla Overett, of Elko, told them she was travelling west bound on Interstate 94 shortly before 6 a.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel, with her 23 month old daughter in the car with her.
One victim was 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr., who was hit by a stray bullet in his Minneapolis home on Dec. 26, 2011.
The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.
The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours.
If Democrats and Republicans fail to reach a tax and spending compromise before Tuesday, not a lot is going to change for most people, at least not right away.
It has been a very bad year for Best Buy and Supervalu, two of Minnesota's biggest public companies. Both stumbled badly in 2012, and questions persist about what will be left of each company a year from now.
The Science Fusion series kicks off Jan. 5 with African Americans in Science, inviting museum visitors to interact with African Americans who have careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Today's increasingly career-focused students mostly aren't buying the idea that a liberal arts education is good value, and many small liberal arts colleges are struggling. The survivors are shedding their liberal arts identity, if not the label.
It may be a big if, but assuming Washington lawmakers can get past the "fiscal cliff," many analysts say that the outlook for stocks next year is good, as a recovering housing market and an improving jobs outlook helps the economy maintain a slow, but steady recovery.

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