Hughes gets three-year contract extension from Twins

The new deal makes the Twins' total commitment to Hughes $58 million over the next five seasons. It's the longest commitment the Twins have ever made to a starting pitcher.

North Korea threatens strikes on U.S. amid hacking claims

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

In blistering speech, Pope lists 15 sins of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

Twin Cities police, activist respond to NYC cop killings

Minneapolis Chief Harteau condemns deaths as “unacceptable;” others say it’s wrong to link one man’s violence to ongoing protests.

Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.

The Drive: Holiday drivers need to prep for long-distance travel

Not to be the Grinch and steal your joy, but the holiday season’s roads are dangerous.

In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

Glasgow pedestrians killed when garbage truck veers out of control

A number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow, police said.

Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.

Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery

Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.

25-year-old woman killed in crash on icy northern Minnesota highway

A 25-year-old northern Minnesota woman was killed Saturday night when she lost control of her car on an icy stretch of Hwy. 169 near the town of Taconite and …

Special Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer stamps guide small Wis. post office to success

This seems to be Rudolph's Christmas.

Vote: Star Tribune’s 2014 Photos of the Year

Star Tribune staff photographers have gathered their favorite images from the past year. Vote for your favorite photos, and enjoy the visual retrospective of the big and little moments of 2014.

Repair costs for Minneapolis bridges could top $130 million

The price tag might top $130 million for the Third Avenue, 10th Avenue and Franklin Avenue bridges.

Eagle center in Wabasha is outgrowing its space

As public interest soars, lack of space is a big challenge for Wabasha education facility.

Safety officials say commercial drone risks ignored

What the FAA did not reveal, however, was that senior officials had overruled objections from some of its safety inspectors, who had warned after a formal review that the filmmakers’ plans were too risky and should be prohibited, according to documents and e-mails obtained by the Washington Post.

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Florida State quarterback Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

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