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US Gray Wolves Rebound But Face Uncertain Future

After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states — and the wolves themselves — to determine the future of the legendary predator.

12/21/2011

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Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent

With the unemployment rate falling from 9 percent to 8.6 percent, the good news has many people wondering if things are finally looking up.

12/02/2011

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Glance: Occupy Protests’ Cost To 18 US Cities

In the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans has cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, such as cleanup and sanitation, according to a survey conducted by The Associated Press.

11/23/2011

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Obama Extends US Stay For Liberians By 18 Months

A Minnesota congressman is applauding the decision by President Barack Obama to allow most Liberians living in the United States since that country’s civil war 20 years ago to stay another 18 months.

08/16/2011

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Expert: Americans Shouldn’t Panic Over Debt Ceiling — Yet

By now, most Americans have probably heard the worst-case scenarios with hitting the debt ceiling: a dipping dollar, loan difficulties, a jump in interest rates. So, how likely is a worst-case scenario?

07/29/2011

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Good Question: What Happens If U.S. Goes Into Default?

When it comes to credit, we all have our limit. And the U.S. government has maxed out its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. So what happens if the limit isn’t raised? What happens if the United States can’t pay its bills?

07/13/2011

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Reality Check: Minnesota’s Historic Shutdown

Minnesota is about to enter the record books: the longest state government shutdown in modern history.

07/08/2011

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Good Question: How Hard Is The U.S. Citizenship Test?

On Independence Day, it’s interesting to hear how much United States citizens know about their country. Could you pass the United States Citizenship Test?

07/04/2011

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Minneapolis Named For 2020 Olympic Consideration

With only nine weeks before a candidate city would have to be identified, U.S. Olympic leaders say any discussion of an American bid for the 2020 Olympics is still premature.

06/29/2011

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Good Question: How Does China’s Energy Use Affect Us?

Maybe you switch your light bulbs to save energy or drive a more efficient car to save fuel. Yet, 6,000 miles from Minnesota, China’s energy use is exploding. How much control does the United States really have over the costs from energy use?

06/09/2011

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More Hints Of Likely Bachmann Run For President

Rep. Michele Bachmann plans to participate in a presidential debate in New Hampshire this month, a move that further signals the Minnesota Republican expects to be a candidate for the 2012 nomination.

06/02/2011

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U.S. On Track For Most Measles Cases In A Decade

The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there’s a big outbreak.

05/05/2011

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Good Question: Why Do We Care About The Royal Wedding?

t may be the most watched television event in the history of the world. Perhaps 2 billion people will watch Prince William and Kate Middelton get married. So, why do so many Americans care about the royal wedding?

04/28/2011

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Do You Know What The National Debt Is?

A trillion here, a trillion there….WHO’S COUNTING? You should!

04/06/2011

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Good Question: What Is NATO?

Soon, the United States will turn over the lead role in operations against Libya to NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. So, what is NATO and does the U.S. really control the organization?

03/29/2011

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