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Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family

Myeshia Johnson grieves over her husband U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's casket at Miami International Airport. Johnson died during a mission fighting alongside Green Berets. Islamic militants ambushed them Oct. 4.

President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. "I have proof," he insisted.

Suit: Workers ran, didn't warn others before Minnehaha blast

The explosion Aug. 2 at the Minneapolis school wounded nine and killed part-time custodian John F. Carlson and receptionist Ruth Berg.

Ruth Berg's daughter and mother blame CenterPoint Energy and contractors for her death. Their lawsuit alleges that the contractors "ran to save themselves."

Minnesotans don't need new ID to board planes for a year

Minnesota sample identification card and drivers license.

Federal officials said Wednesday that the state now has through October 2018 to comply with the federal Real ID law.

Teen critically wounded on Metro Transit bus among 4 Minneapolis shootings

Minnehaha Avenue, downtown and north Minneapolis were the sites of gunfire.

'We just have to do better': Wolves open season with a dud in San Antonio

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Debuting three new starters and six new faces on the opening night roster, the Wolves trailed by as many 13 points and couldn't hold a one-point lead with five minutes remaining.



Mohamed Omar looked out the now-repaired window that was shattered from an explosive device at the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington.

Two months after explosion, Bloomington mosque leaders desperate for justice

Mpls. chief open to revisiting deal to aid community relations
Twin Cities' gravel needs grow, but there's less of it every day
BCA releases documents detailing Dai Thao investigation

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

'We just have to do better': Wolves open season with a dud in San Antonio

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching
Once No. 1, Gophers have fallen fast in run defense rankings
Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler

Scores, schedules, and stats
Late afternoon light cut between buildings illuminating the US Bank flag as it blew in the wind outside the US Bank Building Wednesday in downtown Minneapolis. US Bank continues to do better than most comparable banks Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Higher interest rates, loan growth drive U.S. Bancorp's profit up, but not enough for some investors

Select Comfort misses Wall Street mark for third quarter
Former Evine Live executive and partners trying to take over the home shopping business
Nielsen solves the Netflix ratings mystery

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Regents should ensure U goes easy on out-of-state tuition hikes

Sexual misconduct: 'MeToo,' I hear you. And 'YesIHave.'
Sack cartoon: He conquers the tough stuff without getting messy
Readers Write: Bid for Amazon's 'HQ2,' changing lake name, moderate politics



From the art exhibit "Bobby Rogers: The Blacker the Berry" at Public Functionary.

In regal portraits, Minneapolis photographer portrays beauty and power of black lives

Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers
Today's culture wars were foretold in tiny Floodwood, Minn., more than 70 years ago
Let pumpkin shine anew in a marbled brownie

He conquers the tough stuff without getting messy

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Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history
Jim Souhan

The last time the Wolves added a quality guard to a team that looked ready to win, Sam Cassell took them to the Western Conference finals. And Butler is a better player than Cassell ever was.

Craig: Bridgewater's back today but keep your expectations modest
Mark Craig

The team's rise or fall this season doesn't hinge on Teddy Bridgewater's return. Remember, the soul of the Vikings right now is their defense.

Scoggins: Get better or get left behind in Western Conference
Chip Scoggins

The Wolves could become the most improved team in the NBA this season, but they'll face a steep climb because of the quality of other teams in the conference.




Minnesota sample identification card and drivers license.

Minnesotans don't need new ID to board planes for a year

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family
GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance
Illinois man to be sentenced in internet-sting terror case

Stephen Schuck, left, and Jesus Campos talked about the Las Vegas shooting on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

Las Vegas hotel security guard shares his story on 'Ellen'

Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended
Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor
Trump offered grieving dad $25,000 this summer,

Angry protesters march near the scene of Saturday's massive truck bomb attack in which over 300 people were killed in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, as two people were arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing that killed more than 300.

Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge

Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned
ISIS fighters fleeing Raqqa leave behind booby-trapped toys and corpses
US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a devastating knee injury well over year ago. (JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com)

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

Vikings know Ravens get (and give) their share of turnovers
Zimmer on Bridgewater's return: 'We still don't know where it's going to go'
Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

'We just have to do better': Wolves open season with a dud in San Antonio

Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler
Wolves cringe, empathize over Hayward's gruesome leg injury
Souhan: What happened to Teague in the 4th quarter?

Mikael Granlund is one of three injured wingers, leaving the Wild with only eight healthy forwards for practice Tuesday.

Shorthanded Wild holds subdued practice; Boudreau updates injuries

Life is about to get hard for injury-riddled Wild
Parise leaves ice at practice; Wild suits up assistant to help out
Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start

Chris Stapelton, left, and Jason Aldean perform at 2017 CMT Artist of the Year Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Country stars honor shooting victims at CMT Artists show

Channing Tatum stops development of sexual abuse movie with Weinstein Company
Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor
Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks