Are you still ready for Thursday night football? TV thinks so

Despite allegations of misconduct by stars, public-relations fumbles and evidence of brain damage in former players, professional football has never been more popular — or more lucrative.

U.S. Ebola case has local West African community reaching out

Local leaders step up response as Texas case unleashes ‘worst fear.’

State identifies 155 high-poverty schools that are struggling

The high-poverty schools aren’t doing enough to close the achievement gap between white and minority students or have overall academic performance problems.

Hopefuls for governor look to build on first debate

Rochester debate between Dayton, Johnson and Nicollet kicked off series of five meetings.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts prepares to throw itself a 100th birthday party

Museum’s schedule includes blockbuster shows, plus an exhibit by a former Devo musician.

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER + Video

The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday.

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon back from dead

Casino’s $50,000 and volunteers save the famous sled dog race.

Second man charged in State Fair beer exhibit robbery

Authorities think heist involved four men.

Forest Lake man, 5 others implicated in National Guard bribery scheme

Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

Prince snubs fans in Yahoo webcast, Facebook Q&A

It sure was generous of Prince to put out two albums in one day, but the Minneapolis groove guru sure was chintzy with his dabblings in 21st century internet …

Franken, McFadden square off in first of three Senate debates + Photo Gallery

From energy to terrorism, Sen. Al Franken defended his record against GOP nominee Mike McFadden's criticism in a debate Wednesday morning in Duluth.

MNsure premiums to increase in 2015 + Video

Average increase is 4.5%, but some could see much higher premium jumps.

Mpls. Park Board to spend up to $500,000 on light-rail tunnel study

Agency hopes that engineers will find a tunnel a reasonable alternative to an LRT bridge

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Violinist has risky surgery, ready to run again + Video

Participation was necessary for risky brain procedure.

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance + Photo Gallery + Video

Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing.

Wells Fargo to pay $295K over claim that it unfairly fired Hispanic worker in Mpls.

A federal agency says Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $295,000 to resolve a claim that the company unfairly fired a Hispanic employee in Minneapolis.

Snack habits: Potato chips for the U.S., chocolate for the world

A new Nielsen study on the booming global snack industry finds salty snacks are the biggest nosh item in the U.S., but not globally.