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NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.
HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to take a stand against the Boy Scouts of America's acceptance of gay members at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston this week. Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination had fought against the change and warned Scouting leaders that allowing gay members could mean Southern Baptist churches would no longer sponsor troops. Rev. Fred Luter Jr.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a newly redesigned website aimed at giving the state's veterans improved access to job opportunities, information about healthcare options and benefits, and other services. The site, MinnesotaVeteran.org, is now up and running.
HAM LAKE, Minn - Another development is expected in the race to succeed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah (sihv-ah-RAHJ'-uh) was ready to announce Wednesday if she will join the race. If she does, the Republican field would feature two players from the 2010 governor's race. Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, his party's 2010 nominee for governor, has declared a campaign already in the 6th Congressional District. Sivarajah was the running mate to a GOP lawmaker whom Emmer beat in an endorsing contest that year.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau hit the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to cap a three-hit night and carry the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Jamey Carroll — who had two hits and snapped a 0-for-24 slump — drew a walk to start the eighth off reliever Mike Adams (1-4) and ended up on third after a Joe Mauer single and a fielder’s choice. Josh Willingham fouled out before Morneau lined a single up the middle off Antonio Bastardo to give Minnesota the lead.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has been scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery to address joint pain. Greenway was absent from practice on Tuesday and coach Leslie Frazier said the eighth-year veteran will have the procedure done Wednesday. Frazier didn’t specify which leg.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Forced to the outside early in the game, Lindsay Whalen and the Minnesota Lynx were frustrated and trailed by a point at halftime.
LANSING, Mich. — The pain is subsidingfor drivers in the Midwest, including Minnesota, who have been grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S. Analysts said one major Illinois refinery is back online and another big one in Indiana is on track to ramp up production again soon.