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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is pursued by reporters in the Capitol after signing the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday

After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the legislative triumph he's sought.

Trump assails FBI leadership, touts his loyalty to police

President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, center and FBI Director Christopher Wray sit together at the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Quantico, Va.

Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime.

McNally Smith students, faculty face uncertain future after closure

The McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly.

Thirty-eight graduates will gather Saturday at the History Theatre for the institution's final commencement.

St. Paul police officers cleared in fatal March shooting of Illinois man

Cordale Handy

Prosecutor says officers had reason to fear after Cordale Handy pointed gun at them.

U toughens policy against sexual assault and harassment

FILE -- University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum, left, and Brian Steeves, executive director of the regents board, listened during a regents meeting in August.

All University of Minnesota employees will be required for the first time to report incidents of sexual harassment directed at students.



Construction work on Nicollet Mall during late summer.

For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables

Mayor-elect Frey urges supporters to attend fundraiser for departing Hodges
St. Paul police officers cleared in fatal March shooting of Illinois man
Gov. Dayton defends BCA after criticism of Damond probe

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Zach Parise was back at practice Friday, skating with the Wild during his recovery from back surgery, but he didn’t give a timetable for his return to game action. U.S. Olympian Krissy Wendell-Pohl, left, also practiced, as part of the second annual Minnesota Wild Girls Hockey Weekend.

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

From Elflein to Gedeon and Cook, Vikings' rookies stepped into big roles
Rodney signs Twins deal: 'They told me I was going to be the closer'
Bengals' generous run defense could mean big day for Vikings' ground game

Scores, schedules, and stats
MORE THAN HATS: The “North” brand started by Eric and Andrew Dayton will expand to new clothes and wares during a limited run at Twin Cities Target stores next month.

Target teams up with Dayton brothers' Askov Finlayson on 'North' collection

Twin Cities home sales rose in November; median price hits record high
McNally Smith students, faculty face uncertain future after closure
MNsure optimistic about sign-ups as deadlines approach

Alabama’s Roy Moore rode his horse Sassy to his polling place in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday.

Rash Report: Politics increasingly defining states' images

Metro school leaders craft a new plan to tackle learning disparities
Sack cartoon: Trump in the holiday season
Readers Write: Mike Freeman, Garrison Keillor, 'zero tolerance,' Super Bowl volunteers, PolyMet and mining, book fairs



'Hamilton' gets its Hamilton: New cast headed to Minneapolis

Fire closes popular St. Paul ramen restaurant, but owners confident about reopening
Two old Twin Cities cemeteries document our regional history
'Oh You Turkey' coloring contest winners

Trump in the holiday season

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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.

Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town
Jim Souhan

A lousy Cincinnati Bengals team will face one of the NFL's best success stories. Which means that one or two cheap shots from a cheap team could ruin the Vikings' season.

Reusse: Four-position Sirles provides Vikings needed versatility on the line
Patrick Reusse

What any contending team in the NFL comes to appreciate on the offensive line is a reliable utility man. And at 6-6, 310-pounds, Jeremiah Sirles can play both guards and tackles.




House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is pursued by reporters in the Capitol after signing the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

Trump assails FBI leadership, touts his loyalty to police
Dayton, Fischbach pledge to work together in governor's office
Rules protecting coal miners' dust exposure up for review

Anita Hill, from left, Fatima Goss Graves and Alyssa Milano pose for a photo at a discussion about sexual harassment and how to create lasting change from the scandal roiling Hollywood at United Talent Agency on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Major media players start commission on sexual misconduct and led by Anita Hill

People are calling Uber instead of ambulances
Just ahead of holidays, flu cases are spreading across US
Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a high level Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at United Nations headquarters.

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Java island; 2 dead
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day
Italy says Amazon will pay $118 million to end tax dispute

Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein is one of several rookies who've played major roles on the team this season.

From Elflein to Gedeon and Cook, Vikings' rookies stepped into big roles

Can Keenum convince Vikings he's their quarterback for 2018 and beyond?
Rudolph and Reiff doubtful, Mike Remmers to return
Bengals' generous run defense could mean big day for Vikings' ground game

Jamal Crawford

Crawford hoped to play more minutes when signing with Wolves

Reusse: Minutes? Wolves coach Thibodeau plays to win just like The Muss
Kevin Garnett wants to buy the Timberwolves from Glen Taylor
Timberwolves-Suns preview

Zach Parise was back at practice Friday, skating with the Wild during his recovery from back surgery, but he didn’t give a timetable for his return to game action. U.S. Olympian Krissy Wendell-Pohl, left, also practiced, as part of the second annual Minnesota Wild Girls Hockey Weekend.

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

Krissy Wendell practices with Wild to support Girls Hockey Weekend
The sad, alarming story of former Wild enforcer Matt Johnson
Parise happy to be 'back in the room' where it happens

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. It was announced Monday that Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring, confirming months of rumors. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape
Eminem to host pop-up with 'mom's spaghetti' on the menu
C.J.: Former NFLer Ben Utecht is channeling Andy Williams