Franken, McFadden square off in first of three debates

From energy to terrorism, Sen. Al Franken defended his record against GOP nominee Mike McFadden's criticism in a debate Wednesday morning in Duluth.

Full Fleetwood Mac is back but lacked palpable camaraderie

REVIEW: This heyday incarnation — reassembled after some rocky years — came across as democratic, respectful, polite and mostly sparks-free.

MNsure premiums to rise 4.5 percent in 2015

The state is releasing information Wednesday morning on 2015 rates for health insurance policies sold on MNsure

Burnsville man, arrested in case of missing Andover girls, is a coach

Anoka County authorities said the girls, who are neighbors in Anover, met Casey Lee Chinn, 23, online and that he picked them up near their homes Monday night.

Oldest independent bookstore in Twin Cities is closing

The Bookcase in Wayzata will shut its doors Oct. 18, owner Charlie Leonard said, joining the list lost to changing reading habits and the rise of electronic media.


General Mills, buffeted by weak sales, to cut 700 to 800 more jobs

The company didn’t say how Minnesota would be affected but said the cuts will include salaried positions.


Q&A: What you should know about first Ebola case in U.S.

U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.


Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during annual gun training

Pennsylvania's governor has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol and in Montgomery County in honor of a state trooper accidentally shot and killed during a gun training exercise at a safety facility.


Floodwood man dies when SUV falls off jacks onto him

Police say a Floodwood man has died after an SUV he was working on fell off its jacks and onto him.


New York Times cutting 100 jobs, NYT Opinion app

The New York Times Co. is launching another round of buyouts and layoffs, telling staff on Wednesday that it must cut 100 newsroom jobs to further reduce costs and focus resources on its digital operations. It's also axing its NYT Opinion app after four months and relegating the NYT Now app to a smartphone-only product aimed at new and younger readers, after the lower-priced subscription products failed to take off as hoped.


Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia

There's Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and now, Pepsi True, a midcalorie version of the soda made with natural sweeteners.


FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.


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Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol

Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern. Record-breaking success in the pool. Trouble on dry land. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI charges for the second time …


Replay: Live blog of today's Franken-McFadden debate


Elk River man plays every golf course in Minnesota

It took Art Hennington decades to do it — he had to cross state, international and, once, even legal lines — but the Elk River golfer has now played every course in the state. All 526 of them. “This thing has probably cost me thousands of dollars,” he says.


Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.


Molitor to meet with Twins officials about managing job today

Paul Molitor has never managed in the majors or minors but has extensive experience. It will be the second time he has met with Twins officials about the managing job.


Twin Cities foreclosure rate falls to nearly half of last year's rate

The foreclosure rate in the metro fell to 0.52 percent from 0.95 percent last year.