Daudt eyes $1.9B surplus for tax relief, says gas tax hike 'off table'

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GOP Speaker Kurt Daudt suggested that half of the $1.9 billion Minnesota budget surplus should go to unspecified tax relief and said Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed gas tax hike …

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.

Couple sentenced for prostituting 15-year-old in St. Paul home

Johnathan B. Edwards’ and Kauser M. Yusuf’s pleas for leniency were ignored by the judge.

Deal allows bridge, not tunnel, at Kenilworth for SW light-rail line


Agreement drops Park Board's bridge opposition for greater voice in Southwest and other LRT work.

Speed limits to rise to 60 mph on 340 miles of Minn. highways

Drivers on some two-lane highways in western and northern Minnesota will soon be able to drive 60 miles per hour, legally. The speed limit on 340 miles of highways …

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage

Authorities say a man who may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life.

'Cavalier' guilty plea to ex-girlfriend's murder ends with 36-year sentence

Kevin S. Evans has been convicted twice of murder.

Opus moves quickly on 32-story tower planned for Nicollet Mall

​Opus Development's next downtown Minneapolis project, located on the surface parking lot across Nicollet Mall from the library, is picking up steam at City Hall.

Police chase ends on St. Paul high school football field

Two men led police on a wild chase Thursday night that ended on a St. Paul high school football field. Police were told a wanted felon, possibly carrying a gun, …

Building rapport: Twins' pitchers try 'speed dating' with catchers

New pitching coach Neil Allen hopes to improve communication with get-to-know-you exercise.

Travis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Burger Friday: Brothers Deli serves up a side of Mpls. history

A well-embellished burger -- served with a side of Minneapolis dining history -- is one of many reasons to become a regular at the skyway-level Brothers Deli in downtown …

South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap

A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.

Projected Minnesota budget surplus swells to $1.9 billion

Minnesota's projected budget surplus grew to $1.9 billion, up $832 million from a November projection, it was announced Friday. Legislators now will craft proposals based on the revised figure, …

Two Como Zoo polar bears set to leave + Video

Suka and Sakari, two-and-a-half-year-old bears who have been at the Como Zoo since September, are moving to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis.

Review assails child protection response to Eric Dean's abuse

Report was the most comprehensive review conducted by the state panel

US blogger, a voice against religious extremism, hacked to death in Bangladesh

A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday.

2015 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide

It's not too early to get camp plans in place. To avoid waiting lists and last-minute scrambles, check out the numerous ideas in our annual Summer Camp Guide. Kids can learn how to program robots, play chess, speak Chinese or dance hip-hop style, among other enrichment options.

Look up your school's unvaccinated kindergartner rate + Video

Search for your school or district to see what percent of last year's kindergartners were not vaccinated due to a legal exemption.