The U.S. Senate is nearing a vote on whether to extend the current payroll tax into next year. Sen. Al Franken says not renewing would create $1,000 in additional taxes for the average Minnesota family. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says the tax cuts have punched a hole in the federal budget and threaten programs like Social Security.
Charges: Oregon businessman raped woman at Twin Cities hotel
It allegedly happened at the DoubleTree hotel on Nov. 30.