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Published: Wed, 24, May 2017 22:25


23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:20

The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday.

Top Russian officials were discussing how to influence Trump aides

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:46

U.S. spies collected information last summer revealing that it was the topic of discussion among senior Russian intelligence and political officials.

Crystal police officer shoots man wielding gun at Bassett Creek Park

Wed, 24, May 2017 19:36

The man refused orders to drop his weapon, city officials said. His condition is not immediately known.

Mpls. restaurant owners push for 'tip credit' as council considers raising minimum wage

Wed, 24, May 2017 22:2

Restaurant owners say many servers exceed $15 an hour.

Fairview hospital at U sued over alleged sexual assault of disabled teen

Wed, 24, May 2017 22:14

Lawsuit claims disabled minor was sexually assaulted twice in 30 minutes by an adult patient.

26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:52

The deaths occurred after patients tried to perform routine maintenance on their HeartMate II blood pump, made by the former St. Jude Medical. A "recall" notice urges that the upgrades be done in a clinic or hospital.

Reporter alleges GOP hopeful for Congress body-slammed him

Wed, 24, May 2017 21:35

A reporter said Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat, body-slammed him Wednesday, the day before voting takes place in the nationally watched special election. The Guardian posted audio that it said was from the incident.

Reusse: Ranking Gophers successes this season, from worst to first

Wed, 24, May 2017 21:51

Counting down 10 team sports in order, five for women athletes (basketball, hockey, volleyball, softball and soccer) and five for men (football, basketball, hockey, wrestling and baseball) at the U.

Berrios, Rogers pitch out of jams to cement Twins sweep over Orioles

Wed, 24, May 2017 21:57

Jose Berrios shook off allowing three solo home runs to pitch another slid outing, and the bullpen led by Taylor Rogers got the outs needed to send the Twins to a sweep and a 14-5 road record.

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:0

To cover up or not to cover up?

Looking for inspiration for outdoor cooking? Go no further

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:54

With 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you’ll need more than burgers and hot dogs for mealtime. Our new summer grilling column is here to help.

With new chef, new owner, Lucia's in Uptown Minneapolis still impresses

Wed, 24, May 2017 17:6

REVIEW: New owner Jason Jenny and his group of investors clearly maintain a healthy respect for Lucia’s illustrious prairie-to-plate past, and seem dedicated to preserving as much of the status quo as possible.

Michigan recruit splats Gophers in paintball video announcing his decision

Wed, 24, May 2017 11:6

Jalen Mayfield, who decommitted from the Gophers in March, rubbed it in this week in a video announcing he is staying home to play at Michigan.

Minn. Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Wed, 24, May 2017 22:17

Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.

Ila Borders returning to St. Paul, where she pitched for Saints 20 years ago

Wed, 24, May 2017 12:41

Borders made her pro debut in May 1997 and later pitched for Duluth. On Saturday, the Saints will host Ira Borders day and honor the pitcher with her own bobblehead.

Special package: Summer fun 2017

Sat, 20, May 2017 11:10

Unconventional outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Minnesota. But they're not all that awaits. Check out our special package on fun things to do this summer in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Minn. public colleges eye tuition hikes, program cuts as funding falls short

Wed, 24, May 2017 20:17

Facing shortfall in state funds, U and Minnesota State schools look for ways to balance their budgets.

As the Met Council turns 50, the regional agency faces fresh challenges

Wed, 24, May 2017 17:2

The region has grown dramatically since 1967, and its unique government has evolved along with it.

Raids, arrests as on edge UK seeks 'network' of attackers

Wed, 24, May 2017 18:31

Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks.

Can Mall of America's new Kindness store change shopping for good?

Wed, 24, May 2017 12:41

A new Mall of America shop features merchandise linked to charitable causes — but do brands like that do any good?

Prince's FBI file includes reported threat to sell his personal info to media

Wed, 24, May 2017 10:59

It took a year for the FBI to release four redacted pages, describing threats to the pop star, from their vault.

Twins win 4-3, finish sweep of Baltimore

Wed, 24, May 2017 11:11

Jose Berrios is pitching as the Twins try to sweep the Orioles in Baltimore and possibly extend their lead in the AL Central Division. Get game updates here.

Paul Ryan on GOP health care bill: 'We will get hit for this'

Wed, 24, May 2017 14:1

Speaker Paul Ryan said he is acutely aware that Republicans will be attacked over the health care bill that his chamber passed a few weeks ago. But the Wisconsin Republican felt that inaction was not an option: "What are we supposed to do, just sit back and let this thing collapse?”

One week later: 15 things about eating 15 tacos

Wed, 24, May 2017 13:52

One week ago, I ate 15 tacos for lunch. Since then, I’ve had countless people ask me about the experience. Rather than hold a news conference, let me try to explain with a post on this here blog. This post will be a brilliant combination of “old” RandBall blogging style (writing about something ridiculous because why not) and newer style (lists! People love lists!). Here we go: 1) I couldn’t really remember how this even started, so I went back and checked Twitter. Basically, my good friend @JohnSharkman postponed our Taco Tuesday lunch at Taco John’s until Wednesday last week (negating the discounted price of $.89 per taco). Instead, he had a fancy lunch, and I was pretty steamed (OK, not really). So I asked him on Twitter if he thought I could eat $72 worth of tacos (the price of his Tuesday lunch). He said he’d buy lunch if I could do that. Stupidly, my counter was to say that I bet I could eat 15 tacos. He said I couldn’t. I reiterated that I could. Away we went, kind of. 2) I have no idea why I chose 15. My typical order at Taco John’s is five tacos — a number that’s still maybe a little high, but I try to hold myself accountable by running as many miles in a day as the number of tacos I eat. Jumping from five to 15 — triple the amount! How stupid! — is like going to an auction and jumping a bid from $100 to $300. Slow down! But it was too late. The number was out there. 3) Then again, I relish a challenge. Sometimes you just like to know you can do something. I don’t like being told I can’t do something. And strangely enough, the number 15 factors into a previous recent example. I’ve run five marathons in my life, with the most recent coming in 2015. Since then, I’ve continued to run as a way to stay in shape and relieve stress. My usual distance is four-to-five miles. I did the Twin Cities 10 Mile last October; from that point through mid-April, I hadn’t run more than five miles at any point. And then on one glorious spring day, I decided to do a long run. I kind of lost track of distance and time. More than two hours later, I arrived exhausted back at my house having run 15.02 miles (I even ran around the block at the end just to get to 15). What’s wrong with me? 4) Oh, right. I like a good challenge. And also, sometimes you just want to do something stupid and memorable. The life of a 40-year-old father of two is filled with a lot of routines and predictability. I’ve always liked getting out of my comfort zone. Eating 15 tacos was certainly out of my comfort zone. 5) So Wednesday arrived, and I skipped breakfast just in case I was really going to go through with it. I wasn’t even sure until I arrived at Taco John’s with Sharkman and Dana Wessel whether I was really going to try it. But then Sharkman was ordering and he looked at me and asked what I wanted. I just blurted out, “15 tacos.” This was the point of no return, really. 6) I wish I had planned some sort of greater good (hunger awareness? I don’t know) to go along with the challenge. When you think about it, eating 15 tacos is excessive and kind of gross. That’s not really how I try to live my life. But I allowed myself an exception to that rule. 7) Have you ever seen 15 hard shell tacos on a tray? They pretty much fill up the wh[...]