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In far-reaching ruling, European court says obesity can be a disability

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:40pm
Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.

Mall of America to protesters: Keep it outside

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:20pm
Community organizers say they have been told by Mall of America management and Bloomington police not to hold a protest inside the mall on Saturday.

Gov. Dayton urges swift action on flood-aid package

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:00pm
Gov. Mark Dayton intends to ask Minnesota legislators to quickly approve a relief package related to last summer's severe flooding because an existing disaster-aid account ran dry this week.

Metro Transit offers on-time guarantee for Northstar riders, or your money back

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:40pm
Northstar commuter trains will be no more than 11 minutes late or riders will get their money back.

United owner: Public money might be needed for MLS stadium

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:40pm
In his first lengthy comments on his competition with the Vikings to bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota, Bill McGuire left open the possibility of seeking government help to build his own soccer stadium.

Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:20pm
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Former Stillwater mayor charged in fraud scheme

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:20pm
Federal prosecutors allege that Ken Harycki helped a home health company defraud Medicaid and avoid taxes.

Retailers seek to be faster than Santa with deliveries

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:00pm
Big stores are trying to reel in procrastinators with deadlines that are just as late — and even later, in some cases — to order items expected to arrive by Christmas.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:00pm
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

Johnson's departure part of larger trend for urban school leaders

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:20pm
Los Angeles, Albuquerque, N.M., and Seattle have lost superintendents, increasingly bogged down by complex political landscapes and well-oiled resistance inside and outside urban districts.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:00pm
At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:40pm
After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Ramsey County charges filed in 'massive' public benefits fraud scheme

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:40pm
The 96 felony counts detail schemes involving health and child care program fraud.

Frustration mounts for Wild: 'We've got to stop losing'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:40pm
The Wild, in a win-one, lose-one pattern for a month, rallied in the third period Wednesday to get a point in the standings but succumbed to the Bruins in overtime.

Minnesota's Cuban community welcomes patched relations

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:40pm
Some Cuban-Americans in Minnesota cheered news of normalizing relations with their homeland. By recent estimates, several thousand Cuba natives call the state home. Twins great Tony Oliva calls it “a great day for both countries.”

Maple Grove rest-stop slaying leads to chase; suspect killed

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:20pm
A homicide at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase along I-694 that ended when the suspect crashed and was killed by officers after brandishing a weapon, authorities said.

Minnesota mom fights charge she endangered her son with medical marijuana

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00pm
MADISON, Minn. – Minnesota mother Angela Brown, who gave her son an illegal drug that will be legal by this time next year, appeared in Lac qui Parle County court Wednesday morning, where her attorney appealed for the charges against her to be dismissed.

Wisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coach

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am
Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.

Canadian man finds woman with ex-girlfriend's name for free trip around the world

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am
A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.