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Upscale Mpls. hotel offering $12,000 Vikings tailgating package

The penthouse at The Hotel Ivy.

A luxury hotel package has all the tailgating essentials for Vikings games: a concierge, champagne and a limo.

Ex-BBC boss says firing Jeremy Clarkson from 'Top Gear' was a big mistake

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London in 2013.

The BBC made a massive mistake by firing "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson last year — or so the network's former boss thinks.

Video game pioneer talks guns, violence and catharsis

“Call of Duty: Black Ops III.”

With mass shootings in the news, is it time to reassess gun-based entertainment?

Fancy or absurd? Twitter goes nuts over Mississippi students' lap of luxury dorm

Most dorm rooms look like prison and smell like EZMac. But not at the University of Mississippi. It turns out that super fancy dorm rooms at the southern university are a thing.

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Review: 'Rise Up, O Men' doesn't sour the Church Basement Ladies' formula

REVIEW: The stage comedy franchise adds a little Y chromosome to its successful shtick.

Demi Lovato sued by indie rock band for alleged song theft

Did Demi Lovato pluck her song "Stars" from another artist's catalog? That's the claim made in a new copyright lawsuit filed against the former "Sonny With a Chance" star.

Designer puts 'boho-modern' spin on her midcentury rambler in Edina

A quest for simpler, one-level living — and a different look — led a Minneapolis interior designer to take a 1949 rambler in Edina "to the next level of more grown-up midcentury style."

The Eagles: Why we love them, why we hate them

With surviving singer Don Henley coming to the State Fair, it's time to reassess his bestselling band.

Word of the week: gerontifying

The Star Tribune is looking for a book to publish

Back-to-school lesson: how to avoid becoming 'that' parent

There are ways to keep in touch with your child's teachers and still not seem intrusive.

New Mpls. Cold Case Squad seeks answers in decades-old homicides

Families of victims – and a reorganized Minneapolis police unit – are pushing for answers in decades-old cold cases.

Natalie Maines auctions off VIP tickets to sold-out Dixie Chicks concert at Minnesota State Fair

It's a fundraiser for Proclaim Justice, which helps wrongfully convicted people.

What $1 billion will get you: Fans, artists weigh in on stadium's acoustics

Fans, artists and our critic echo similar reactions to U.S. Bank Stadium after Metallica and Luke Bryan rocked the new mega-house over the weekend.

Hax: Dating dryspell has mom worried

Ask Amy: Long-distance dieting buddy expresses concern

Fentanyl pills seized from Paisley Park were mislabeled

Level of fentanyl found in musician's body was so great no one could have survived it.


Performer Mike Daisey brings 'The Trump Card' to the Guthrie
Artcetera

The production centers on issues raised by the rise of Donald Trump, including questions about civility, performance art and the state of American democracy.

As Metallica raged nearby, performance artists lit a fire of their own (without pyro)
Artcetera

"Boiling Point" showcased a handful of performers whose fury tested the limits of the audience at a tiny venue Saturday.


New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Bullseye, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Little, Brown) While the president of the United States is in New York to meet…


US new-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.


Perfection for a price: How to make artisan ice

A small Minneapolis company is riding the surprising wave of high-grade ice.


Sci-fi game "No Man's Sky" has more clues than it has limits

Virtually endless universe debuts for Windows and PlayStation 4.


Two Chinese retirees win hearts on their epic American road trip

Finding kindness and kindred spirits in the remaining wilds of the West.


Home addition connects to nature next door at Griffith Park of Los Angeles

Expanded home borders on and overlooks L.A.'s Griffith Park.


A slow cooker can be a college kid's go-to appliance

Try a humble but versatile slow cooker – or two or three.


Ten starter slow cooker recipes for school

Ten starter recipes1. Oatmeal. Get breakfast going the night before, using 1 part steel-cut oats to 4 parts water. Cook 6 hours on low.…


Katydid and cicada songs make friends in China

The songs in the homes of many Chinese come from insects.


Baby panda becomes diplomat in US-China relations

One year old, Panda chooses his own way.


Baby panda visitor tales

Sai Tam said she wasn't disappointed. She and her adult daughter awoke at 5 a.m. in New York. They drove a relative who uses a…


Spa customers find sub-zero temps therapeutic

A typical starting temperature can be minus 110 Celsius.


Performer Mike Daisey brings 'The Trump Card' to the Guthrie

The production centers on issues raised by the rise of Donald Trump, including questions about civility, performance art and the state of American democracy.


As Metallica raged nearby, performance artists lit a fire of their own (without pyro)

"Boiling Point" showcased a handful of performers whose fury tested the limits of the audience at a tiny venue Saturday.


The evolution of the ice cube

It might seen ridiculous to spend top dollar for ice, but this simple, clear cooler hasn’t always been a convenience-store staple. Two centuries ago, frozen…


TV picks for Aug. 24: 'Toucan Nation,' 'Gomorrah,' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Be kind to the animalsFroot Loops mascot Toucan Sam takes a back seat to Grecia, the Costa Rican bird profiled in "Toucan Nation."


Tips to help your air conditioner keep its cool

Extreme summer temperatures take their toll not only on people but also on AC systems. Air conditioners are working overtime in high heat to keep…


Review: 'After the Parade,' by Lori Ostlund

FICTION: The secrets to almost everything about this intense novel's protagonist lie in his Minnesota origins.


The one superhero who can fix DC Comics' movies

The returning road to superhero movie glory for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has been quite the bumpy ride on a path that should have…


TV picks for Aug. 23: 'Conversation With Bill Moyers,' 'Better Late Than Never,' Matthew Lillard

A meeting of the mindsIn his intro to "A Conversation With Bill Moyers," Don Shelby calls his guest the greatest broadcast journalist of his…