Legal costs trigger belt-tightening at human services agency

“It’s never easy to cut back spending, especially in an agency where the work is so critical,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, above, wrote.

Move aside microbrews, hard cider is Minnesota's latest crush

A new wave of craft producers is aiming to do for apples what the microbrew movement did for hops and barley.

Texas police: More than 100 rounds fired

A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.

Best Buy's website went down after surge in Black Friday traffic

Best Buy said it shut down the site for more than an hour to restore ‘‘full performance.’’

Prison for woman who stole $335K while payroll officer for Eagan-based carwash

She told the operators of Paradise Car Wash that she stole from them to pay for health insurance and medical bills, according to the charges.


ID'd: Suspected drunk driver in crash that killed Twin Cities woman; 1 other critical

“Alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “with charges [possible] pending further investigation.”


New 'Star Wars' trailer released on YouTube

AMC Southdale in Edina will be the only Minnesota theater to show the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the highly anticipated seventh installment of the iconic sci-fi franchise, when it debuts this weekend.


Holidazzle Village with carousel, shops opens today + Video

In place of the Holidazzle parade, families will be able to take a carousel ride, watch local celebrities read stories and see live reindeer, as well as buy food and gifts. "It will really be this amazing experience," said one of the organizers with the Minneapolis Downtown Council.


Ferguson protests move to retail stores

Protesters interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area on Friday to speak out about the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.


Minneapolis mayor's plan to advance racial equity is scrutinized

Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposal to create two jobs to support the issue has supporters and critics.


California Burger King employee finds $100,000

An assistant manager at a Northern California Burger King found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it.


Cold Turkey Day giving way to snow, sleet early today + Photo Gallery + Video

Drivers in the Twin Cities are dealing with a mix of snow and ice Friday morning as many head to the malls or back to work. The National Weather Service …


New technology allows you to climb the walls

Four Stanford University researchers have announced that they’ve succeeded in creating a “gecko-inspired human climbing system,” according to MIT Technology Review.


Unemployment for Twin Cities black workers has been halved since 2011

Unemployment rate for Minnesota blacks is three times that for whites.


Kenneth H. Washington, Guthrie guru who taught and mentored actors, dies

From Utah to New York to the Guthrie, he helped guide acting careers. He was 68.


Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.


Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.


Robert Street revival plan is taking a toll on West St. Paul

West St. Paul pushes on with a costly revival plan for Robert St. that cost the mayor his job.


Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown

Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.