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Police reform debate surges to forefront in Mpls. mayor race

Police reform is suddenly surging to the forefront of the issues defining the race for mayor in Minneapolis after the shooting death of Justine Damond at the hands of a Minneapolis officer.

Candidates have raised concerns over body cameras, training and police culture in the wake of Justine Damond's shooting death.

Red Lake Indian Reservation declares public health emergency over drug epidemic

Red Lake Police Department Public Safety Director William Brunelle, shown in 2015 when the indictment of a multi-state heroin trafficking conspiracy was announced.

A significant uptick in overdoses the last few months prompted tribal leaders to take the unusual action.

Baby deliveries to end at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul

In 2010, Ashley Maas held her nine-week-old son Payton at their home in Brooklyn Park after he was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

Decision continues trend of hospitals halting core services in response to changing demand and demographics.

Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer award coveted grant money to cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

Recent brain scans of NFL hall of famer Joe DeLamielleure, who was diagnosed with CTE, the brain injury that is affecting so many former football players. CTE was nearly ubiquitous among ex-NFL players who donated brains to science.

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.



Rebecca Cuellar watered her garden from a rain barrel on the deck with her daughter, Ali, 6. They also collected water by setting up buckets in the shower stall.

Cottage Grove rescinds summerlong watering ban effective Aug. 1

'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas
Minneapolis menthol tobacco sales restriction vote delayed until Aug. 2
Police reform debate surges to forefront in Mpls. mayor race

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Strange L.A. story: Twins lose to Dodgers in long game featuring odd delay

Vikings rookie RB Cook not in Peterson's shadow: 'My time will come'
Fleck put Minnesota on Michigan-like level at Big Ten media days
Lynx survive with one-point victory over New York

Scores, schedules, and stats
Supervalu’s wholesale division boosted sales by more than 12 percent in the first quarter, which helped offset the poor performance of its retail side.

Supervalu's profit and sales leap, as wholesale business again outshines retailers like Cub

3M investors take profits from record stock run after mixed 2Q results
Hormel launches snack packs with meat, cheeses and nuts
State gives Minneapolis nearly $3 million to clean up, develop polluted sites

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, center, was joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Tuesday after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate to allow debate to begin on Republican legislation to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Senate Republicans breathe life into health reforms that deserved to die

Presidential pardon power: Trump takes aim at Constitution's soul
Metro Transit needs revenue from fare hike
Readers Write: Trump's speech to Boy Scouts, drinking and smoking age limits, Hiawatha golf course, police protection



Alpine Factory owner Jessica Parcheta moved back and forth as she helped Henry Schwartz, 12, with his form on the fast moving slope.

Minnesota skiers defy summer heat on giant indoor treadmill — with fake snow

Why we get brain freeze when eating ice cream — and tips for avoiding it
Amazon's new series 'Last Tycoon' brings out the best in F. Scott Fitzgerald
Justin Bieber cancels U.S. Bank Stadium show and other summer dates

Souhan: Twins should remember that trades are no sure thing
Jim Souhan

One hitting slump or a couple of bad pitching outings can make a trade a waste of time or a waste of a prospect.

Having an owner who listens to his employees pays off big for Eagan skin-care business
Neal St. Anthony

Bell Labs, with fewer than 100 employees only three years ago, started to focus increasingly on the lucrative natural-ingredient market for skin care.

Reusse: Statue of T.K. makes Twins manager look good, and he was
Patrick Reusse

Retiring former manager Tom Kelly's number 10 in 2012 wasn't enough. Now he has the eighth statue on the plaza outside Target Field.




Sen. John McCain of Arizona was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the Senate voted to start debating a new health care bill. Hours later, the Senate's divided Republicans faced problems.

After vote to open health bill debate, Senate faces setback

Manafort talks with Senate panel about Russia meeting while another subpoenas him
Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says "time will tell" fate
Pharmaceutical company Celgene settles suit for $280 million

Mia Gonzalez holds a flower and artificial candle as she takes part in a vigil at San Fernando Cathedral for victims who died as a result of being transported in a tractor-trailer, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. Several people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

Official: Driver in smuggling attempt part of larger group

Wisconsin employees lining up for implantable microchips
Trump's Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition
Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

As many as 4 million people in North Korea may have mobile devices, however most are confined to a heavily censored, government-run national network.

Surprisingly, elite families in isolated North Korea actually use Gmail, Facebook, iTunes

Australian minister quits Cabinet because he might be Italian
Charlie Gard's parents ask court to let him die at home
BMW to build electric Mini in Oxford despite looming Brexit

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Strange L.A. story: Twins lose to Dodgers in long game featuring odd delay

Ailing Buxton remains on DL after migraines
Bartolo Colon's vow: 'I'm going to pitch until I'm 45'
Five things to know about new Twins pitcher Jaime Garcia

Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook

Vikings rookie RB Cook not in Peterson's shadow: 'My time will come'

Five burning questions the Vikings have to answer in training camp
Five Vikings newcomers who'll need to contribute right away
Zimmer to test handing off play calling duties during preseason game

Britain's Prince William, center, and Britain's Prince Harry, right, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year. (Philippe Huguen/Pool Photo via AP)

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

'Home Alone' actor John Heard dies at 72 following back surgery
'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery cited for loaded gun at airport
C.J.: Director Tom Simes has faith in 'Because of Grácia,' starring Minnesota's Chris Massoglia