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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An administrative law judge has cleared the way for new standards on teaching social studies in Minnesota public schools.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to bring Arab countries into efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that broke down more than four years ago, a senior Palestinian official said Monday. Also Monday, the Israeli government said it would resume regular transfers of millions of dollars of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, easing the economic woes for many Palestinians.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says he expects a funding bill that includes a Red River flood diversion project to reach the Senate floor in April or May. Hoeven was in Fargo Monday at a meeting of federal, state and local officials who are making plans to protect Fargo and Cass County against spring flooding along the Red River and its tributaries.
NEW YORK (AP) — WWE is joining with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Sandy Relief. Fans can bid on hundreds of items in an online auction, including attending a NASCAR race with WWE superstar John Cena, meeting Tyra Banks on the set of "America's Next Top Model," or pitching entrepreneurial ideas to Mark Cuban. The auction begins Monday and closes April 9 on charitybuzz.com.
NEW YORK (AP) — Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, Renoirs, Rembrandts and other priceless works, they must first deal with the ticket line, the posted $25 adult admission and the meaning of the word in smaller type just beneath it: "recommended." Many people, especially foreign tourists, either don't see it, don't understand it or don't question it. If they ask, they are told the fee is merely a suggested donation: You can pay what you wish but you must pay something.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sailor had been back from war for just over a year when friends invited him to watch an unusually emotional training exercise for troops preparing to deploy. The drill happened not on a military base but at a film studio, where Marine and Navy medics role-played wartime rescue missions with actors who had, in real-life, lost limbs in motorcycle or car accidents or to ailments such as cancer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best Buy's co-founder and former chairman Richard Schulze is returning to the Best Buy fold as chairman emeritus. The move comes after Schulze considered making a buyout bid for the electronics retailer but never made a formal offer. Best Buy has been working to turn around its results as it faces tough competition from online retailers and discounters. Since hiring turnaround expert Hubert Joly as its CEO in August, the company has cut jobs, invested in training employees and started matching online prices.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Mayo Clinic's treasure trove of medical records is getting even bigger. Since 1966, Mayo has collected as many records as possible from Olmsted County and used them to generate important studies that help save lives. The Rochester Epidemiology Project now holds close to 600,000 medical records.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spring break starts today for Minnesota's House and Senate. The state Legislature typically takes the week off leading up to Easter Sunday. It's a chance for lawmakers to spend time back in their districts. Both Democrats and Republican leaders are using the break to travel the state talking about the budget . House Speaker Paul Thissen (TEE'-sen) and House DFLers are talking about their education spending proposals Monday at a North St. Paul elementary school.
Top-ranked Quinnipiac is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA hockey tournament despite a loss in its conference semifinals. The Bobcats are joined by UMass-Lowell, Minnesota and Notre Dame as the No. 1 regional seeds in the 16-team field announced Sunday. Minnesota is one of six Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams to make the NCAA tournament this season.