Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president

The Republican presidential race has another contender. Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced his candidacy Thursday — first on YouTube, then at an event in New Hampshire.

Police wound suspect in N. Minneapolis carjacking; 2 arrested

At least two suspects fled the scene on foot and shots were fired.

Design unveiled for Downtown East park; $22M must be raised

Focus turns to finalizing details of the design and launching a $22 million fundraising campaign for the project in the shadow of the new Vikings stadium.

Rape charges filed against Princeton's 'Friendly' the clown

Robert J. Jensen has portrayed “Friendly” and “Bob the Balloon Twister” for the past 20 years or so in and around Princeton.

Chobani billionaire pledges to donate most of wealth for refugee aid

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he will join some of the world's richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, which has been estimated at $1.41 billion.

Busted heroin ring centers on two Minn. Indian reservations

U.S. attorney will announce today a “takedown” of a multistate organization that transported illicit drugs largely out of Detroit and Chicago and sold them to Indian communities in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Peterson: Skipping workouts is 'business, not personal'

Adrian Peterson is not at the first week of the Vikings’ organized team activities. Coach Mike Zimmer and Peterson addressed the situation separately Wednesday.

TLC’s ’19 Kids & Counting’ disaster: Why network is facing another scandal

Just eight months after canceling “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” over a molestation scandal, TLC faces a strikingly similar controversy over its top-rated “19 Kids & Counting.” Is the network just unlucky, or did its executives fall down on the job?

Rhymesayers hip-hop events to take over fairgrounds, Target Center

In addition to the Soundset festival's relocation to the fairgrounds, the Minneapolis record label will stage a 20th anniversary arena party Dec. 4.

Invasion of the leaf-snatchers hits Twin Cities trees

Discussions of gypsy moth.

Sweeping Boston moves Twins into tie for first place + Photo Gallery + Video

The tie for the top of the AL Central is a result of how the Twins have been on a run of total baseball after looking overmatched during the first week of the season.

Memorial Day look back: Eagle photo touches hearts

Requests for the photo of an eagle on a gravestone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and use of the story, have come from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military publications and Arlington National Cemetery.

Killings, exits, recastings: 17 faces you won’t see in 2015-16 TV season

When all your favorite TV shows and potential new favorite TV shows begin airing in the fall (and midseason), the landscape will look a bit different than where we left things.

The Drive: Get the latest on the Twin Cities morning traffic

Watch live: Gov. Dayton holds 12:30 p.m. news conference

Gov. Mark Dayton will talk about the recently completed legislative session.

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 …

Dayton, Daudt finding common ground after two hours of talks

The governor and House speaker ended about two hours of talks with a joint news conference, saying negotiations on a final agreement before a planned special legislative session are …

In Minneapolis, minor traffic violations spiral into major problems

About one-third of criminal violations over the past five years were for driving without auto insurance or a valid driver’s license.

Eek! Take this quiz to learn to protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease

You know that sinking feeling. The one you get when you discover that new mole isn’t actually a mole — it’s a tick! Test your tick knowledge with a quiz designed to keep you bite-free this summer.