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Good Question: Where Can’t US Airlines Fly?

The Federal Aviation Administration suspended U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours after a rocket fell near the Tel Aviv airport. Fighting between Israelis and Hamas militants has led to safety concerns for anyone traveling to Israel. Israel isn’t the only war-torn country right now.

07/22/2014

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Good Question: Do Sanctions Work?

President Obama has imposed new sanctions against Russia for failing to end the conflict in Ukraine. The goal is to weaken Russia’s economy and to get President Putin’s attention. “On top of the sanctions we’ve already imposed we are therefore designating certain sectors of the Russian economy as eligible for sanctions,” President Obama said during a press conference last Wednesday.

07/21/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Baseballs, Mirages & ‘Ouch’

Avery from Zumbrota wants to know: How many baseballs do they go through during a game? Some of the baseballs end up in the hands of fans. Some are re-used the next day for batting practice. But during the course of a Twins game, about 10 dozen, or about 120 baseballs, are used.

07/18/2014

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Good Question: How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

That tattoo you wanted forever in your 20s might not seem like the best decision by your 30s. While relationships and jobs change, ink doesn’t.

07/16/2014

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Good Question: Does MnPASS Really Help With Traffic Flow?

Getting caught in rush hour traffic is no fun for anyone, which is why some drivers opt for a MnPASS in order to take the HOV lanes. More than 25,000 Minnesotans have a MnPASS. The whole idea behind it and the HOV lanes is to keep traffic moving during peak rush hours in the morning and in the afternoon.

07/15/2014

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Good Question: What Happens When Food Goes Bad At The Grocery Store?

We’ve all been there. You buy some bananas, but after a couple of days they’ve turned brown so you throw them out.

07/14/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Fire Hydrants, License Plates & Paint

Mary from Plymouth wanted to know: Why some fire hydrants are yellow, not red? Plymouth public works said there was a push years ago to change fire hydrants to yellow because it was easier to see, but it was too costly for some cities.

07/11/2014

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Good Question: How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

You see the commercials on television and hear the ads on the radio: better ways to whiten your teeth. A smile is often the first thing you notice about someone. So it’s no surprise that people give special attention to their pearly whites. Especially as a million dollar smile can be bought for as little as $16.99 these days.

07/10/2014

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Good Question: Is Paying Public Speakers Thousands Of Dollars Worth It?

Bill and Hillary Clinton have generated more than $100 million over the past decade — just through public speaking. And now their daughter, Chelsea, is getting in on the family business.

07/09/2014

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Good Question: Who Are The Shriners & What Do They Stand For?

You see them everywhere during summer parades — Shriners. They’re recognizable by the fezzes they wear on their heads and the little cars they drive.

07/08/2014

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Good Question: What Causes Stress In Americans’ Lives?

About half the people surveyed in a recent poll claim to have had a “major stressful” event within the past year. National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted the nationwide survey.

07/07/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Fourth Of July Edition

It’s Independence Day, so we’re hitting “reply all” to your Fourth of July Good Questions. Some viewers have wondered: Why our nation’s colors are red, white, and blue?

07/04/2014

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Good Question: How Many Different Uniforms Do Twins Players Have?

Like most of us, the Twins have made quite a few changes to their wardrobe over the years. From the pinstripes of the ’60s, to the pinstripes of today, and in-between, there’s a favorite of Twins pitcher Casey Fien.

07/03/2014

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Good Question: American Flag Etiquette Edition

“You can leave it up the whole time if there’s a spotlight on it,” one viewer we talked with said. “But if there’s no spotlight, you have to take it down and you have to fold it.”

07/02/2014

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Good Question: Can You Record The Police?

Video recorded by a truck driver in Illinois has gone viral. Brian Miner honked and flagged down a state trooper because he thought the trooper was speeding and talking on his cell phone, which is illegal in Illinois.

07/01/2014

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