“Federal prosecutors Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, accusing him of betraying his adopted country by ruthlessly carrying out a terrorist attack calculated to cause maximum carnage,” reports the Associated Press. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to press for Tsarnaev’s execution was widely Read more

“Saying that Edward Snowden has ‘contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order’ by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday,” writes NPR’s Bill Chappell. If he were to win the award, Snowden, who Read more

The Associated Press reports: Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal Read more

An “independent consultant has issued a damning report of the state’s troubled online insurance marketplace,” write MPR News reporters Catharine Richert and Elizabeth Stawicki. MNsure’s management structure is “non-existent” according to Optum, a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, which recently performed a week-long analysis of the more than $100 million website. MNsure executives have been Read more