South Dakota sends speed limits shooting up to 80 mph

It's the latest state to kick up the speed on interstates. But safety experts warn that increased speed brings increased crashes and fatalities.

Sen. Al Franken urges David Letterman to run for Senate

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It came as the two discussed the controversy over Indiana's law to refuse serving individuals because they're gay.

Passerby rescues family from St. Paul fire whipped up by high wind

It was one of several blazes spread by the gusty winds around the hot and dry Twin Cities on Wednesday.

Famous Dave's founder is opening a new barbecue restaurant

Famous Dave Anderson isn’t Famous Dave anymore. And he’s launching a new restaurant — Jimmie’s Old Southern Smokehouse BBQ — to prove it.

Wilcox, Skjei leave Gophers hockey team early for pro contracts

Goalie Adam Wilcox and defenseman Brady Skjei both decided to leave the Gophers' hockey team Wednesday with one year of eligibility remaining to pursue pro careers.

Gunmen attack university in northeastern Kenya

Gunmen attacked a college campus in northeast Kenya early Thursday, opening fire in dormitories and killing at least 15 people and wounding 29 others, witnesses said. The attack bore the hallmarks of a Somali Islamic extremist group.

Small Minn. town's drinking water crisis highlights larger problem for state

High nitrate levels in Adrian, Minn., and several nearby towns are making water unsafe for babies, pregnant women.

St. Paul has unwritten policy of indifference to police violations, lawyer in skyway arrest suit says + Video

Christopher Lollie’s attorney claims that the mayor and police chief allow an unwritten policy to pervade police culture.

Lakeville South, Wayzata coaches rebuked for Faribault team snub

The state dance tournament protest of Faribault’s title-winning routine in February has prompted punishment for coaches and staff at Lakeville South and Wayzata, two of the five high schools that staged the awards-ceremony snub amid allegations of plagiarism.

St. Louis Park says MnDOT is ignoring huge traffic headaches from Hwy. 100 rebuilding

City worried about safety issues caused by Hwy. 100 roadwork.

Mom's push to help poor kids with autism brings new federal benefits

The Medical Assistance benefits will expand access to a broad range of one-on-one therapies.

Dayton considering ban on taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana

Indiana religious freedom law sparked national firestorm, concern about gay rights implications

Study: Military suicides not tied to Iraq, Afghanistan deployments

Deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan not linked to the increase, study finds.

New protections for northern long-eared bats on the radar

To slow the spread of white-nose syndrome, federal agency wants to restrict logging near breeding areas.

Brooklyn Park couple bilked $300K from Minnesota, charges say

A Brooklyn Park couple is charged with bilking more than $300,000 from the Department of Human Services, according to charges filed Tuesday. Sandra R. Bakare and her husband, Abimbola Bakare, …

La Crosse pastor resigns after rape threat sent from his home email

A Lutheran pastor has resigned in La Crosse days after an email threatening rape and laced with expletives was sent from his home account to a Milwaukee blogger.

Wiggins firms Rookie of the Year status as Wolves lose again + Photo Gallery + Video

Challengers have emerged, but Andrew Wiggins remains a Rookie of the Year favorite. On Wednesday, Wiggins scored at least 20 points for the 26th time this season.

Vonn returns home after showing the world she hasn't gone away + Photo Gallery + Video

Skier Lindsey Vonn keeps the comebacks coming, returning to her home state Wednesday as a champion after two years of painful rehab.

Minnetonka grandmaster wins in chess championship's opening round

A grandmaster from Minnetonka began his bid for the U.S. Chess Championship on Wednesday with a victory in the first round, converting what appeared to be a dead draw …