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  • Singing Starbucks employee fired over YouTube video

    YouTube’s latest rising viral star just lost his job. Christopher Cristwell, 25, is making national headlines after he posted a video of himself on YouTube singing about his job at the Chowchilla Starbucks. ...
  • Vikings 'don't see a Plan B' to Arden Hills stadium, Gov. Dayton says

    Gov. Mark Dayton remains site neutral for a new stadium for the Vikings, just as long as it's in Minnesota. The Vikings, whose Metrodome lease expires in February, are focused on Arden Hills as a site rather than downtown Minneapolis. "They don't ...
  • Simley High School senior accused of having sex with girl, 14

    A Simley High School senior, who is an athlete and honor-roll student, faces a felony charge for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl, authorities say. ...
  • Oak Park Heights considers shifting some water and sewer costs to property-tax bills

    Oak Park Heights officials are considering a radical plan that would shift the minimum billing for water and sewer services to residents' property taxes. ...
  • Dan Beebe working on agreement to exit as Big 12 commissioner

    Dan Beebe was working Wednesday on an agreement to leave his position as Big 12 Conference commissioner, according to two sources with knowledge of Beebe’s decision. The announcement of Beebe’s departure is expected to come Thursday. ...
  • House GOP bill would roll back air-pollution rules

    The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that has mushroomed recently into a plan to block the Obama administration’s two main rules to clean up air pollution from power plants and change the way the Clean Air Act h...
  • It’s not dark yet, but Taylor Lautner is ready to move on from ‘Twilight’

    If you’ve ever been to an opening night showing of a “Twilight” movie, you’ve heard the shrieks, the shouts. It’s “ED-ward!” on one side and “JA-cob” on the other, a little taste of fan bedlam. ...
  • Big 12 needs to say bye-bye to Beebe anyway

    This should be it, then. No more. The Big 12 deserves a clean break, so stop the charade and move on. And this isn’t about ending the conference, though that day may be fast approaching. This is about ending the run of commissioner Dan Beebe. ...
  • Pacific 12 Conference won’t expand for now

    The Pacific 12 Conference has decided 12 schools are enough — for now. The league, with a short news release Tuesday night, put to rest swirling speculation it would soon become a 16-team super conference. ...
  • EPA allows Shell to emit 250 tons of pollutants in Arctic annually

    If you’re looking for a smog-free venue, one of the last places left might be the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the remote stretch of frigid water between Russia and Canada at the top of the planet. To help open the door to offshore oil and g...
  • Citizens call on Congress for housing plan

    While lawmakers and the president scrap over deficit reduction and jobs plans, they’re largely overlooking one of the biggest drags on employment and a major cause of our national economic woes: the moribund housing sector. ...
  • Josh Harding is back in goal for the Wild after a year of rehabilitation, doubt

    Josh Harding says he's trying to view tonight's Wild exhibition game against the Oilers in Edmonton as just another hockey game. It's not. Not for him. ...
  • WWI memorial to be resurrected in Sibley Park

    Two German howitzers once displayed in Sibley Park as a memorial to World War I veterans are long gone -- melted down and put to use in the next World War. ...
  • Netflix CEO admits ‘arrogance,’ renames disc business Qwikster

    After watching customers leave and the company’s stock price plummet, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings on Sunday admitted that he had fallen victim to “arrogance” and announced changes to the DVD offering. ...
  • BWCA Firefighters gain ground as wet weather aids fight

    Firefighters made significant gains Sunday, slowing the progress the Pagami Creek fire, which has burned 93,898 acres of forest, mostly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As of late Sunday, the fire was 19 percent contained -- up...
  • Vikings have no explanation for another second-half collapse

    Leslie Frazier turned his back on a deflated defense and somberly walked the sideline, head down, until he reached the 50-yard line. The headset was off, and so were the hinges. ...
  • Ramsey County to collect unwanted medicines at St. Paul, Arden Hills sites

    Residents can now dispose their unwanted, expired or unused medicines throughout the year at two sites in Ramsey County, county officials announced this morning. ...
  • Google's search formula faces scrutiny

    There's a long-running gag about people so self-absorbed that they frequently run Google searches on themselves. Jay and Jeff Backer admit that they regularly check their company's status on the world's most dominant Internet search engine. ...
  • ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Mad Men’ capture top prizes at Emmys

    It was repeat victories for ABC’s “Modern Family” and AMC’s “Mad Men” on Sunday night as they captured the marquee prizes at the 63rd annual Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre. ...
  • Obama to unveil plan to slash $3 billion from deficit

    President Barack Obama will announce a plan to slash more than $3 trillion from the nation’s deficit over the next decade by winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, raising taxes on wealthier Americans, closing tax loopholes and cutti...
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