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DULUTH -- Renee Mattson, executive director of the Spirit Mountain recreation area, will leave her job at the end of May. She said her husband, Terry Mattson, the former president of Visit Duluth, is pursuing a job out of the region and she is following him. "It's an emotional decision," she said Wednesday. Mattson has been at Spirit Mountain for nine years.
LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - People with schizophrenia have genetic mutations that cluster in specific proteins key to the workings of the brain, according to research that suggests a fresh way to look at the illness and links it to other brain disorders such as autism. In two research papers published in the Journal Nature, which together made up the largest genetic study of its kind, scientists analysed new or "de novo" gene mutations in people with schizophrenia and found they tend to disrupt sets of proteins which have related functions in the brain. "De novo" gene mutations are found in a
Five Minnesota National Guard soldiers from the Litchfield, Minn., unit have been wounded in an attack in Afghanistan. The five are members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based in Litchfield. The unit deployed 95 members to Afghanistan last July. They are scheduled to return home sometime this summer. The soldiers were injured Monday, at 10:30 a.m. Afghanistan time, during an attack on Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar Province, according to a statement from Lt. Col.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon took steps on Wednesday to give individual troops greater latitude to wear turbans, head scarfs, yarmulkes and other religious clothing with their uniforms, but advocacy groups said the new policy fell short of what they were seeking. "The military departments will accommodate individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of service members" unless it might affect military readiness or unit cohesion, the updated policy on religious accommodation said. The policy was mainly expected to affect Sikhs, Mu
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers will likely have to wait until 2015 or later to see a court-ordered advertising blitz detailing tobacco companies' deception, a lag of nine years after the original ruling, a court heard on Wednesday. Tobacco lawyers said at the hearing in U.S.
(Reuters) - A Seattle-area Catholic school president, who dismissed the vice principal for violating religious doctrine by marrying his same-sex partner, has resigned in the ensuing furor, a school spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sister Mary Tracy, president and CEO of Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, had forced the resignation of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, who was also a popular swimming coach, in December after learning that he had married his gay partner. Zmuda's dismissal touched off a student campaign - a petition urging his reinstatement and demonstrations outside the offices of t
BISMARCK - Debate over whether technology is available for coal-fired power plants to meet the Obama administration's proposed stricter limits on carbon emissions burned strong Wednesday during a symposium hosted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission in Bismarck. In opening comments directed at a U.S.
PERHAM, Minn. -- What was a large potato storage warehouse has been reduced to a smoldering heap of rubble after an all-night fire consumed the building and its contents. The warehouse, just northwest of Perham on Otter Tail County Highway 80, is owned by R.D.