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Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road in Mountain View, Calif., in an October 2015 file image.

A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

Astronomers witness 'greatest fireworks show in the universe'


A new logo sat affixed to a Minneapolis police patrol vehicle that will indicate that it is fitted with a Mobile Little Free Library carrying books to share with community members.

Minneapolis police, Little Free Library launch mobile book-sharing program

Speakers overwhelmingly favor giving Lake Calhoun new name
Time for hooky: Minnesota soaks up picture-perfect days
Somali community leaders announce fundraising for Mogadishu victims

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Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler

Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

Relax, Vikings fans. Bridgewater doesn't need to rush return
Rodgers injury adds another level to Vikings-Packers rivalry
Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history

JetBlue will begin flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Boston's Logan Airport in May.

JetBlue says it will begin MSP-Boston flights starting in May

Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle
Target opening small-format store in Uptown, dozen other places
SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington Tuesday to continue the narrowing of the field in the Republican presidential nominating contest. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2012103114204975 ORG XMIT: MIN1605270022560612

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One-two punch from feds punishes Minnesota for health care innovation
Sack cartoon: Pesky press
Readers Write: Puerto Rico and the island territories, sexual misconduct, Vikings game, University of Minnesota

Sasha Houston Brown, center, battled for the ball during an evening of the Creator’s game, which closely resembles lacrosse, in a Minneapolis park.

Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

'Wayzata needs a breakfast place': Benedict's Morning Heroes opens today
'Music Man' delivers its irresistible pitch at Bloomington arts center
Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

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Alexander: Cellphone won't live-stream sports anymore

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Alexander: She can text from an iPad, but only to a limited audience

  Q: My daughter, who is hearing-impaired, has been told that she can text from an iPad. Is this possible? My daughter…

How to rein in an iPad that hogs the e-mail

QI just bought an iPad and connected it to my home Wi-Fi network, which already had two Windows PCs on it. But when the iPad is using the wireless network, we can't receive any e-mail on the other computers. What's the cure?


Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., center, leaves a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, after he and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

Senate health deal could spare MinnesotaCare millions in cuts

Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle
Trump speaks with relatives of 4 soldiers killed in Niger, White House says
Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about campus sexual assault and enforcement of Title IX, the federal law that bars discrimination in education on the basis of gender, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at George Mason University Arlington, Va., campus.

States sue DeVos to get for-profit college rule restored

Chicago fires 2 officers in United passenger dragging case
NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver
Drug industry undermined DEA as opioid epidemic exploded

In this picture taken on Monday Oct. 16, 2017 and provided by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters on a destroyed building during their battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria.

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall
George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Booker prize
Somali community leaders announce fundraising for Mogadishu victims

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in August at training camp at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Relax, Vikings fans. Bridgewater doesn't need to rush return

Rodgers injury adds another level to Vikings-Packers rivalry
Strong defensive tackle play stopped Packers before Rodgers' injury
Sam Ponder battles Barstool Sports, with ESPN awkwardly in the middle

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler

Is this finally the year for the Wolves to dazzle?

Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history
Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots
Five questions, five answers about the Timberwolves in 2017-18

Mikael Granlund is one of three injured wingers, leaving the Wild with only eight healthy forwards for practice Tuesday.

Wild's practice subdued as three forwards battle injuries

Parise leaves ice at practice; Wild suits up assistant to help out
Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start
Boudreau discusses Parise, Granlund injuries

Donna Karan attends the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at Park Avenue Armory on May 12, 2017 in New York City.

Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks

'Project Runway' fashion designer Mychael Knight dies
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting child in April
C.J.: Ex-Viking, retired Justice Alan Page might not kneel but identifies with Castile

Depression, hilarious? MPR podcast seeks to lift the stigma

MPR uses comedians to open a conversation.


'Allah' is found on Viking funeral clothes, raising questions about Nordic identity

Characters spelling "Allah" found on funeral clothes.


Rural hospitals struggle to stock costly, lifesaving drugs

How an obscure rule makes some medications more expensive at small facilities


Archaeologists may have discovered St. Nick's bones

First the good news: Whoever told you that Santa Claus was an impostor with a fake beard collecting a Christmastime check at the mall or…


Scientists are working to save America's favorite bananas

Thousands of plantation acres have been wiped out.