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Mark Dayton says it's time to raise minimum wage - Photo/Facebook
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Countdown To Shutdown: Minnesota Lawmakers’ Budget Talks End With No Deal

Will there be a midnight hour deal that prevents this or do you think Minnesota will shut down?  This whole thing stinks of political posturing for the sake of posturing.  It seems they are playing chicken for each others egos rather than truly working together for the citizens who elected them to office.
A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock.

Budget talks ended late Wednesday after six straight days of meetings without a deal to break an impasse over the $5 billion deficit.

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Man Robs Bank For $1 To Get Prison Healthcare [VIDEO]

Last week, James Verone walked into an RBC bank –sans gun – with a robbery plan. However, unlike most bank robbers, his plan did not involve walking out with loads of cash.

Instead, the 59-year-old North Carolina man actually wanted to be arrested so he’d have access to prison healthcare provided by the government.

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New Graphic Warning Labels To Cover Half of Cigarette Packs

Smokers are going to need a strong stomach if they want to continue their habit.

That’s because starting in September of 2012 new FDA requirements will mandate that half of the area on every pack of cigarettes be covered by a graphic anti-smoking warning label.

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Weiner Expected to Resign Today

Long overdue, but it looks like he may finally step down today.

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Deep Sea Diver Vows to Recover and Photograph Osama bin Laden

President Obama's recent announcement that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by US operatives in Pakistan prompted happy cheers and a giant, collaborative sigh of relief from citizens around the world. After five minutes of celebration, though, came demands for photographic or video proof that our nation's nemesis was actually dead.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Smiling in New Facebook Photos

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Sunday posted two new photos to her Facebook page, offering the first official look at the congresswoman from Arizona since she was shot in the head in January.

The two photos, which were captured by P. K. Weis on May 17, show a smiling Gifford at the TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has been receiving treatment. In one photo, Gifford is seen sitting and smiling alongside her mother.

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Photo by P.K. Weis/Giffords Campaign - P.K. Weis via Getty Images
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Facing An Uncertain Recovery Path, First Photos Of Gabrielle Giffords Show Congresswoman Smiling, Few Signs Of Gunshot Wound

Brain injury recovery is so unpredictable, requiring extreme patience and fortitude.  Gabrielle Giffords is now on the path to recovery.  Where it will lead and how long it will take is something only time will tell, but the woman has already defied the odds and is strong so this is a nice sign

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Celebrity Birthdays for June 10 – Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bobby Jindal, Others

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jeanne Tripplehorn
Age: 48
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Films such as 'Basic Instinct' and television shows such as 'Big Love'

Bobby Jindal
Age: 40
Occupation: Governor of Louisiana
Known For: Doing a spot-on impression of Mr. Rogers when delivering the GOP's official response to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in January of 2009

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Sarah Palin Changes American History With Her Version Of Paul Revere’s Ride

I think Sarah Palin should write a book on American history.  Just think of all the new twists and turns that would occur.  For instance, here is Sarah explaining the historic ride of Paul Revere.

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Americans Angry At Current State of the Country: Survey

Remember the American dream? Well, it might be a distant memory, if one survey is to be believed.

A new poll of 600 Americans found citizens are upset about several issues.

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Two Controversial Organizations Clash On Memorial Day [VIDEO]

If you are not familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, be prepared to be offended and appalled.  These religious extremists protest funerals of our military heroes because they believe God is punishing these soldiers

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Photo by Charles Dharapak - WPA Pool/Getty Images
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Barack and Michelle Obama Visit the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace [IMAGE]

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, while visiting the UK on state business, plan to spend two nights at Buckingham Palace, thanks to their royal hosts. The Obamas were greeted in London on Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth II and newlyweds Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (better known stateside as Kate Middleton).

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