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WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama spoke on the phone Tuesday, a day after the president offered to reduce his initial demand for $1.6 trillion in higher tax revenue over a decade to $1.4 trillion. But Obama continued to insist that much of the revenue come from raising top tax rates on the wealthy.
DULUTH - Because Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell prosecutes people who commit sex crimes with minors, and because he is accused of having an inappropriate romantic relationship with a 17-year-old girl, Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk has asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate Scannell.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has issued a retroactive executive order authorizing the use of a National Guard Armory in Olivia as shelter after some stranded motorists had to stay there during Sunday night's blizzard. Dayton's office issued the order Tuesday. Dayton's spokeswoman, Katharine Tinucci, says the governor verbally authorized the use of National Guard resources on Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legal costs associated with a Minnesota Senate scandal involving a former Republican leader and her senior aide have nearly doubled, a new invoice made public Tuesday showed. The Associated Press obtained the invoice — prepared by the Senate's private attorney — that contains $90,000 in new expenses. It brings the overall cost to just less than $200,000.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A plan to shift thousands of Minnesota residents from a state-subsidized health care coverage program to vouchers for private insurance isn't getting the traction that officials planned on.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Business support company Marco has bought a northern Iowa company, Mason City Business Systems. Marco is based in St. Cloud, Minn. A news release announcing the purchase says Marco will retain all 75 of Mason City Business Systems' employees. Terms of the deal are not being announced. Mason City Business Systems also has offices in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Davenport and Waterloo. The company provides copiers and printers.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — With all the snow in parts of Minnesota, it seems surreal to think more than 80 percent of the state is in a severe or extreme drought. Climatologists say that most of the snow will run off into rivers and lakes next spring because of the frozen ground, which doesn't do much for the dry soil.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers.
NEW YORK (AP) — When he was first told in 2008 about Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme, attorney David Sheehan had a response that now sounds inconceivable. "Who," he wondered, "is Bernie Madoff?" Four years after Madoff's arrest, Sheehan would end up earning the equivalent of a doctorate on the disgraced financier.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one for the first time to discuss ways to avert the "fiscal cliff." Neither side provided details of the weekend meeting at the White House. But with just three weeks until a flurry of tax hikes and spending cuts start taking effect, the mere fact that the meeting happened was seen as progress.