North Loop becoming the place to be in retail

The North Loop neighborhood, which already has staked its claim as a hot spot for chef-driven restaurants, is increasingly becoming a shopping destination for people from around the Twin Cities and visiting from out of town.

Puppies rescued from Italy hotel avalanche

Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow — giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster.