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Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, as he returns from Camp David in Maryland. Trump says he's not planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller..

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year in office.

Sudden power outage brings Atlanta airport to a standstill

A sudden power outage brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding scores of flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. However, authorities said that electricity should be restored at the Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight.

As police announce arrests, cyclists rally to remember man killed in hit-and-run

Jose Hernandez Solano

Dozens of cyclists turned out to remember a St. Paul restaurant worker killed in a hit-and-run crash.

'Dark web' drug purveyor convicted of murder in Minn. teen's overdose

Cameron Johnson

"I just snorted a tiny line ... it's awesome," read a text the victim sent on the day he died.

Changing consumers igniting food revolution in Minnesota

Jack Weber drove his wheat combine on his field. The wheat doesn't bring much cash but it does improve the health of his soil.

Are you buying more organic groceries these days? You're not the only one, and our food systems are changing because of it. Demand for socially responsible options is transforming the state's grocery stores, food companies and economy



Cameron Johnson

'Dark web' drug purveyor convicted of murder in Minn. teen's overdose

Man shot in downtown Minneapolis apartment; injuries 'potentially fatal'
Man, dog found dead in cabin near Duluth; carbon monoxide poisoning suspected
2 unbelted pickup occupants killed in rollover in N.D. near Minn. border

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Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated with Linval Joseph (98) after he sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter.

Vikings clinch NFC North with emphatic 34-7 win over Bengals

Souhan: Vikings enjoy near-perfect Sunday
Bridgewater makes long awaited return to the field in blowout over Bengals
Butler sits out most of Wolves practice; status Monday in question

Scores, schedules, and stats
Denver-based SunShare switched on projects in Montrose and Waverly, Minn., pictured, in the past two weeks. Both serve residential customers.

Minnesota's solar garden program takes off in 2017

Neal St. Anthony: Former corporate warriors build a book business
What Minnesota has riding on Supreme Court's sports gambling ruling
Giving experiences as holiday gifts: Many shoppers want memories, not trinkets

Los Angeles firefighters monitored the Skirball fire from the backyard of a home on Casiano Road in the city’s Bel-Air district on Dec. 6. The fire, started in a homeless camp, destroyed six homes and damaged many others.

Bel-Air becomes flashpoint between wealthy and homeless

Congress must find a new path for 'dreamers'
Let's not get too cozy in our house of outrage
Readers Write: Nicollet Mall renovation, school sports vs. private clubs, leadership on gun violence, Minneapolis parks



Diners at a long table in the center of the dining room of Young Joni.

Restaurant of the Year: Young Joni is true original in northeast Minneapolis

Chef of the Year: Gavin Kaysen's standard-setting ways continue with Wayzata's Bellecour
Park Square casts brings wit, reality to flawed script
Women are lifting the curtain on harassment at Minn. theaters

Trump in the holiday season

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Tevlin: Two political pros offer up some advice to new mayors
Jon Tevlin

  Shortly after George Latimer was sworn in as St. Paul’s mayor 1976, he arrived to work to learn of a broken water main. “It…

Souhan: With 13 wins possible, Vikings' success shouldn't be taken lightly
Jim Souhan

If the Vikings win their last three games, this would become the second team in franchise history to reach 13 victories.

Scoggins: A 'relieved' Zach Parise is ready to return to the Wild after back surgery
Chip Scoggins

Zach Parise officially rejoined the Wild on Friday for his first practice since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery in late October.




President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, as he returns from Camp David in Maryland. Trump says he's not planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller..

Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller

Tough work ahead for Tina Smith – on the Hill and at home
Jones: Don't expect him to always side with Senate Democrats
Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

La David Johnson died on October 4, 2017, of wounds suffered in a surprise attack in the southwestern part of Niger.

U.S. soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

332 Royal Caribbean passengers fall ill with stomach virus
Burners beware: California pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted
SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the GAZ factory in Nizny Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Putin says he will seek re-election in next March's election. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs
Defiant Theresa May: UK 'proving doubters wrong' on Brexit
Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated with Linval Joseph (98) after he sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter.

Vikings clinch NFC North with emphatic 34-7 win over Bengals

Bridgewater makes long awaited return to the field in blowout over Bengals
Souhan: Vikings enjoy near-perfect Sunday
Five Extra Points: No problem for Vikings on goal-to-go downs

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looked on in frustration after the Phoenix Suns cut the Wolves' lead down to one possession in the fourth quarter.

Butler sits out most of Wolves practice; status Monday in question

Wolves let another get away, fall again to Suns
Karl-Anthony Towns' shot-blocking is on the rise
A loss, a little controversy, and a banged-up Jimmy Butler

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) took a first period shot.

Jared Spurgeon to return to Wild lineup vs. Blackhawks

Des Moines, Minnesota's minor league city, takes major steps to grow sports scene
Oilers end Wild's various success streaks with 3-2 victory
Mikko Koivu's scoring slump growing more frustrating

Chris Matthews

MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

Report: NFL owner made inappropriate sexual, racist remarks
Mario Batali gives holiday recipe in same email as apology
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day