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BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has not gone far enough in reforming the monitoring activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and is continuing to violate the privacy rights of individuals, the head of Human Rights Watch told Reuters. On Friday, Obama banned eavesdropping on the leaders of allies and began reining in the vast collection of U.S.
DALLAS -- After winning just once in their first 10 games of January, the Dallas Stars delivered their best effort of 2014, scoring twice on the power play in a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at American Airlines Center. Defenseman Alex Goligoski chipped in a pair of assists for Dallas, which also got 18 saves from goalie Kari Lehtonen, who earned his second shutout of the season and 24th of his career. Dallas (22-20-8) struck first when center Vernon Fiddler beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper with a wrister from the high slot at 13:18 of the opening period.
ST. PAUL -- Seven Minnesota counties and 10 cities continue to offer a program allowing motorists to take driving safety classes and keep minor traffic tickets from going on their records, even though the state auditor says the Legislature must first authorize the programs and a Wabasha County judge earlier this month ruled programs in his area are illegal. Rep.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota University System and Williston State College are taking steps to address bookkeeping concerns raised by state auditors, but limited staffing and high turnover rates are slowing their progress, a system official told lawmakers Tuesday. The most recent system audit for the year ended June 30, 2012, identified several internal control matters that needed correcting. State auditors also found "a lack of efficiency in financial operations and management" of the system, in part because it hadn't implemented six of the 12 recommendations from prior audits. Williston St
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- An unmanned aircraft system device may be parked alongside tractors and combines in farm machine sheds in the very near future, according to the presenters Tuesday at the Precision Ag Action Summit. The seminar was held at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center and highlighted technology in agriculture. "The UAS is a lot of fun, and we won't dismiss the fun factor," said Kevin Price, professor of agronomy at Kansas State University. "But it is an imaging system.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Syrian and international delegates arrived in Switzerland on Tuesday for peace talks that few believe can succeed as the three-year-old civil war and geopolitical acrimony it has brought show no sign of abating. Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, pressured to attend Wednesday's first direct negotiations by their Western backers, cited new, photographic evidence of widespread torture and killing by the Syrian government in renewing their demand that Assad must quit and face an international war crimes trial. War crimes lawyers said a vast, smuggled cache
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in March, the White House said on Tuesday, a visit that will allow the U.S.
The Minnesota Department of Health has released a draft version of a report to the Legislature that recommends revamping the state's approach to health at all levels of government to eliminate health disparities between racial and ethnic groups. The 64-page document cites state policies that it found have prevented African-Americans, American Indians and members of other minority groups from enjoying the same quality of health as whites. Health Department officials say the report's authors deliberately decided to "lead with race" as a strategy for meeting the challenges of health inequities
WILLISTON, N.D - A new North Dakota Petroleum Council survey shows widespread support for oil and gas development in the state, but the level of support has dropped slightly from the council's two previous surveys. Eighty-three percent of North Dakotans surveyed last November say they support oil development, and 73 percent of state residents say the benefits of oil development outweigh the risks. The industry group's previous two surveys showed support of 88 percent or higher. Tessa Sandstrom, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the timing of the survey on the heels of