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Professional heckler says he didn’t heckle MN Zoo bear
Robin Ficker specializes in making life miserable for other humans. ...
Heroin use surges, especially among women and whites
All told, more than half a million Americans used heroin in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents a nearly 150 percent increase since 2007. ...
Standard equipment for driverless cars: A barf bag?
A University of Minnesota professor is among those considering what will happen when we cede control over the car to a robot. If actually steering the car is one cure for motion sickness, what happens when cars no longer need to be steered? ...
How will Walker's time as Wis. govenor play to national audience?
Two political journalists joined MPR News' Tom Weber to discuss how Gov. Walker's work in Wisconsin will play to the Republican voting base. ...
CBC reporter: More than 100 forest fires still burning in Canada
Saskatchewan has seen 10 times more wildfires since January than it typically sees in an entire year, said Adrian Cheung, a reporter for CBC News. ...
More mammograms may not always mean fewer cancer deaths
A comparison of women in 547 counties found that getting more women in for screening mammograms didn't lower death rates from breast cancer. More small cancers were found. ...
Source: Timberwolves give Kevin Garnett 2 more years
The basketball star returned to Minnesota last February in a trade deadline deal with the Brooklyn Nets. ...
Man dressed as banana is a portrait of war
With all the glorification of war that takes place during the nation's sporting events, maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea if a sports team around here pays homage to guy wearing a banana outfit while riding a Segway. ...
Op-ed: The link between Confederate flag, 2nd Amendment supporters
"The bond that unites Confederate ideology and the Second Amendment is the idea of 'nullification,'" wrote a University of St. Thomas law professor. ...
How do babies learn to talk?
Babies can learn whatever language (or languages) they're exposed to. But how do they do it? It's a step-by-step process of learning that begins even while they're still in the womb. ...
Anatomy of a smoke spike, 90s by Sunday?
Our latest Canadian air mass brings another round of free air conditioning this week. An increasingly muggy and heated air mass arrives by the weekend. ...
Ringo Starr urges fans to make a peace sign
Ringo Starr turns 75 today. To mark the occasion, he is asking all of his fans to stop whatever they are doing at noon today, make a peace sign and say out loud: "Peace and love." ...
Is the end near for the ATM?
U.S. Bank is asking for a better deal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, where 35 million passengers a year are a "captive audience" but the bank still can't make money charging people for money. ...
Air clearer, but wildfire smoke could return
Air quality in most of the state is now rated as "good," according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. ...
The Daily Digest: Historic vote in South Carolina
Politics from Minnesota and Washington. ...
Acclaimed poet returns home to Winona
Poet Mark Wunderlich is returning to Winona, Minn., today to read his work for the first time in front of his parents. ...
Pelican Rapids store promoted with Confederate flag
This time it's Erhard, Minn., south of Pelican Rapids, Minn., where someone thought a Confederate flag in the Fourth of July parade was the perfect way to promote the local NAPA auto parts store. ...
‘Ripple’ around the world
You can't beat a song around the world to start a day. Playing for Change is a movement to connect the world through music. And why not? Nothing else seems to be working. The video released this week honors the Grateful Dead's final concert. ...
They survived training, now female Marines await word on ground combat
The women who completed months of tough training say they're ready to serve in ground combat. Now they await results of a study and a Marine Corps decision about whether they'll be permitted to do so. ...
'No one should have the right to prolong my death'
Jennifer Glass was a newlywed when she was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. "I'm doing everything I can to extend my life," she says, while advocating for a right-to-die law in California. ...
Right to Marry
The Supreme Court made a historic ruling as they declared same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Do you support their ruling?
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