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Warming through the weekend: 100-degree heat index by Monday

After a pleasant respite from average temperatures this week, Mother Nature is about to turn the heat up in Minnesota. The National Weather Service says temperatures will begin to warm this weekend and by Monday could reach to between 85 and 95 degrees.

Jury set to get Ventura case Tuesday; defense seeks to toss case

Both sides rested Friday in the case brought by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who is suing the estate of an ex-Navy SEAL sniper for defamation. Final arguments are set for Tuesday, although a lawyer for the late SEAL sniper Chris Kyle asked the judge Friday to throw the case out for lack of evidence before the jury gets it.

Study: Sweet drinks may contain more harmful fructose than previously thought

People who drink sweet beverages may be consuming more of the harmful sugar known as fructose than they realize, according to recent lab tests on more than three dozen sweet drinks and sodas, although a dueling study backed by the beverage industry disputes the claims.

Garbage company dumps 2 tons of trash in driveway over unpaid bill

Minnesota made USA Today's "5 craziest crimes of the week." The story came out of Redwing, where a garbage company dumped nearly two tons of "wet, putrescible waste" on a customer's driveway over an unpaid bill.

Home stand could define second half of Twins season

The Minnesota Twins open the second half of the 2014 season at home Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game kicks off a critical 10-game home stand, that could determine whether or not the Twins are contenders or sellers at Major League Baseball's Trade Deadline.

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Seventh Street Truck Park shooting, St. Paul

St. Paul man pleads guilty in illegal firearms conspiracy

One of the guns Gabriel Lee Young-Duncan obtained was used in a deadly St. Paul shooting last year.

Train Days

Historic locomotives to roll into St. Paul for Train Days

The festival at the Union Depot returns June 4-5.

Dalton tornado

Tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind possible in Sunday/Monday storms

The Twin Cities is among the areas that could get hit.

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."


The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.


APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

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The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.