'Stadium fatigue': Dayton again downplays any soccer subsidy

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Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that he thinks there's very little chance state lawmakers -- or the public -- would support a taxpayer subsidy to build a soccer stadium …

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

It's a Wonder-ful life: Music legend returns for 1st time in 27 years

It’s been 27 years since Stevie Wonder's last Twin Cities performance. So in honor of Sunday’s show at Target Center, we offer 27 fun facts about one of the most revered music makers of our time.

'Operation Golden Go-fer' busts historic Colorado-Minnesota pot pipeline

Authorities in Denver say a historically large illegal drug-smuggling operation in Colorado made airdrops of marijuana from sky-diving planes over Minnesota as part of a long-running scheme that was busted by law enforcement’s “Operation Golden Gofer” investigation.

Search for missing Crystal boy now centers on Mississippi River

Barway Collins’ father remains the chief suspect in the 10-year-old’s disappearance more than a week ago, police say. He has not been arrested or charged.

Federal complaint alleges Minneapolis school routinely violates special education students' rights

The Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas asks for a federal investigation of Minneapolis Public Schools' Harrison Education Center, a long-standing subject of complaints involving special …

New York fire, building collapse injure 12; gas blast blamed

An apartment building collapsed in a fiery burst of rubble and flames spread to nearby buildings in what officials said appeared to be a gas-related explosion, injuring at least a dozen people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan's trendy East Village.

Valleyfair waterpark additions near finish line

Waterpark enthusiasts will be welcomed with massive new additions to Valleyfair’s Soak City Waterpark once it opens in May.

Dean Smith's will: $200 for each of his North Carolina players

Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players — even after his death.

Founder of St. Paul women's shelter killed in car crash in Cuba

Sharon Rice Vaughan, 73, “became a powerful spokeswoman for the hidden plight of battered women and their children.”

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

Pope's sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointment

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

'Alcohol and speed' suspected in snowmobile crash on lake that killed UMD student

The snowmobile struck an island in the middle of the lake, throwing both men off the machine, the Sheriff’s Office said.

'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.

Tractor-trailer plows into Texas interstate bridge, 1 killed

A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions, authorities said.

'Hughes the Force' bobblehead at center of Twins' 'Star Wars' promotion

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes walked just 16 batters in more than 200 innings last season. The natural question: Was he using Jedi mind tricks? Probably not is the only logical …

Weekend closure, major traffic changes coming to Hwy. 100

Come Monday, commuters who use Hwy. 100 through St. Louis Park will have fewer lanes to use, but first comes a weekend closure to take down a railroad bridge …

Vikings selling personalized bricks for placement near new stadium

Three paver styles are available for purchase starting Thursday, the priciest coming in at $360.

Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs.

Around the world in photos + Photo Gallery

The Star Tribune photo staff chooses the best photos from around the nation and the world each day. For a full-screen display, please select the first image. Tap the screen …