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Minnesota cops storing thousands of backlogged rape kits
Some 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are holding 3,449 untested rape kits, according to data requested by MPR News. The kits are vital in collecting evidence in sexual assault cases. ...
U athletics official on leave amid complaints probe
University of Minnesota officials didn't detail the nature of the complaints but said Senior Associate Athletics Director Mike Ellis was asked to take "voluntary time off" during the investigation. ...
Kentucky clerk found in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, has been defying court orders by refusing to hand out marriage licenses in protest of same-sex marriage. A judge ordered her taken into custody. ...
Court throws out Tom Brady's 4-game suspension over 'Deflategate'
Brady appealed a suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in federal court. The judge sided with Brady. ...
Iran deal looks like a done deal, so here are the next crises for Congress
President Obama may have secured enough votes to keep his Iran deal in tact, but potential problems loom for Congress on the debt ceiling, highway funding and a possible government shutdown. ...
GOP Rep. Kline won’t run again for U.S. House
DFLers believe Kline's district may be competitive in 2016. Although Kline beat his opponents by large margins, President Obama won there in 2012 as did Sen. Al Franken in 2014. ...
Trademark infringement could make rough ride for UND nickname
The University of North Dakota's effort to come up with a new nickname is going to have to go through Iowa, apparently. ...
China flexes muscles with parade, but announces troop cut
More than 12,000 precision-drilled soldiers, 500 pieces of military hardware and 200 aircraft filed through Tiananmen Square to mark 70 years since Japan's defeat at the end of World War II. ...
Video: The Minnesota State Fair in 60 seconds
Take in the sights and sounds of the Great Minnesota Get-Together in one time-lapse minute. ...
Superpowers meet the supernatural in 'Wayward'
Fans of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' will get a kick out of 'Wayward,' a graphic novel series that takes the magical-teens-battling-evil-monsters trope and transplants it to a lovingly-rendered Tokyo. ...
Duluth woman takes stand against bike thieves
Amber Marshall had to take a stand. You don't steal an 8-year-old's bike off the front porch. Not in Duluth, anyway. ...
General Mills sells Green Giant, Le Sueur business
The Golden Valley-based food giant is selling its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable operations to B&G Foods Inc. for about $765 million in cash. ...
Fog dissipates; rather muggy conditions remain
Warm and humid conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. As a cool front approaches on Saturday night chances for strong thunderstorms will be on the rise. ...
Is Minneapolis’ city flag the nation’s ugliest?
People in Chicago love their city's flag. It's everywhere. Where's the love for yours, Minneapolis? ...
Art Hounds: Woody Guthrie and the funniest people
This week Art Hounds lead us to a five-hour dance performance, the funniest stand-up comedy and an exploration of the life and music of Woody Guthrie. ...
White House takes aim at Medicare and Medicaid billing errors
Improper payments by Medicare and Medicaid are wasting billions of dollars a year, the White House budget director said. He called for urgent corrective action in a letter that is now public. ...
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina resigns amid corruption scandal
Prosecutors charge that Pérez Molina was involved in a scheme that gave businesspeople breaks on import tariffs in exchange for bribes. Congress voted Wednesday to lift his immunity. ...
Spreading the word: Obamacare is for Native Americans, too
Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices. ...
Federal Ferguson review finds more than 100 lessons for police
An assessment of police response to the demonstrations there calls into question strategies like the overwatch tactic, with officers using rifle sights to survey the crowd from atop tactical vehicles. ...
Warning calls decoded: Squirrels take up bird alarms to foil the enemy
It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest. ...
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