Man flees after guilty verdict in attempted murder trial, on loose in Mpls.

Man escaped from Hennepin County District Courthouse during trial for violent armed robbery.

Vikings release WR Jerome Simpson

The Vikings announced they’ve released wide receiver Jerome Simpson after the organization became aware of a July 7 citation on Thursday. Simpson missed the first two games of the season, …

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

Edina adds new stadium rules after students drink at homecoming game

Citing evidence that students were drinking at last Friday’s homecoming game, the Edina School District on Thursday instituted new rules for students attending football games. The rules — the district …

General Mills to close Calif. cereal plant, Mass. yogurt facility

A day after General Mills Inc. said it would begin $100 million in new cost reductions due to flagging sales, it announced the closing of two manufacturing plants in California and Massachusetts, one that makes cereal and one that makes yogurt.

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record.

'Three Cups of Tea' author plans reluctant return

Greg Mortenson, a Minnesota native, doesn't want to talk about his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" book, but everybody else does — including his own charity.

Deputy, suspect wounded in NW Minnesota

Authorities say a northwestern Minnesota sheriff's deputy and a suspect are wounded after an officer-involved shooting.

Body of missing St. Paul man recovered in Alaska

The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered.

Memorial to drunken driving victim must be removed because of 1 complaint

State transportation officials say a memorial to a woman killed by a drunken driver must be removed in Sun Prairie because someone complained about it.

Full closure of Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park scheduled for tonight

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down both directions of Hwy. 100 at 36th Street in St. Louis Park from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence + Video

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.

Recruiting troubles, stay-the-course policies dragging down Big Ten football

The numbers don't lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape.

PureChoice founder indicted on fraud charges

Bryan Reichel founded and led the Burnsville-based company that once sold air monitoring equipment. He denies defrauding investors.

Priefer: 'I think I'm a better man' because of sensitivity training

The reason Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer is back this week and not next Monday was the week of sensitivity training that he completed during what became a …

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Minnesota's jobless rate falls to 4.3%

Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance

Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.

Local music notes: Radio K turns 21

Radio K can booze it up all it wants now. The University of Minnesota’s intoxicating radio station (770 AM, 100.7 or 104.5 FM) will hit the streets to celebrate its 21st anniversary this week.

Around the world in photos + Photo Gallery

The Star Tribune photo staff chooses the best photos from around the nation and the world each day. For a full-screen display, please select the first image. Tap the screen …