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Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks about H. R. 5682, the "First Step Act" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, N

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation.

St. Paul City Council passes $15 minimum wage, and mayor signs it

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter posed recently for a selfie in front of demonstrators for a $15 minimum wage.

St. Paul joined a growing number of local governments across the country that have decided to exceed state and federal minimums.

St. Paul's RiverCentre parking ramp reopens after repairs

A fallen chunk of concrete in May forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp, which was repaired and reopened on Tuesday.

The ramp was shut down in May after a chunk of concrete fell on a parked car.

Simple changes in Minnesota's forestry, farming could slash carbon emissions

Managing landscapes can hold more carbon in soil, grass and trees, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Minneapolis School District returns to post-Labor Day start to school year

Minneapolis Superintendent Ed Graff greeted students as they made their way into Jenny Lind Elementary School on the first day of school, Monday, Augu

The school board approved the change, which starts next fall, after hearing from parents.



Dave Hutchinson, left, is Hennepin County sheriff-elect, but Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.

Hennepin County sheriff-elect retains law firm in case of recount

Minneapolis School District returns to post-Labor Day start to school year
St. Paul's RiverCentre parking ramp reopens after repairs
Twin Cities transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results

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(Clockwise from top right) Kawhi Leonard and Paul George requested trades from the Spurs and Pacers, respectively, and landed in Toronto and Oklahoma

Butler trade saga ends, but conditions that created it still hot

Going where? Today's expected early signings for Minnesota preps
Owner Taylor: Butler 'had an agenda' Wolves had to work around
Watch: Cheap shot gets basketball player suspended, kicked off campus

Scores, schedules, and stats
An outbreak of a virulent drug-resistant Salmonella in the U.S turkey supply began a year ago and has sickened about 160 people. But it has moved slow

Salmonella outbreak in raw turkey expands nationwide

Four Seasons signs up as partner of Gateway project
Mayo Clinic expansion project unleashes Rochester housing boom
St. Paul City Council passes $15 minimum wage, and mayor signs it

U.S President Donald Trump, second left, watches French President Emmanuel Macron putting his hand on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's knee during ce

Listen: Post-midterm malaise hits White House

Despite summit theatrics, North Korean threat endures
Sack cartoon: Whitaker eyes Mueller
Readers Write : America's melting pot; no more politics as usual; Jason Lewis; gun legislation; Stan Lee


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Whitaker eyes Mueller

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The baking legacy Minnesota gave the world — the Bundt — is being celebrated Thursday

The baking legacy Minnesota gave the world — the Bundt — is being celebrated Thursday

With 'menocore' style, middle age is all the rage
8 Twin Cities restaurant openings, from a retro diner to suburban steakhouse
This surefire turkey recipe for Thanksgiving is foolproof

Souhan: Not making big deal has been a big deal in Wild's success
Jim Souhan

Give Bruce Boudreau depth, and he can do damage to opponents. He's rolling four quality lines that might not have existed had Paul Fenton made a splashy trade over the summer.

Souhan: As stress of coaching U builds, Reeve says she's there for Whalen
Jim Souhan

Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut at the University of Minnesota on Friday night will be unique because her circumstances are almost as unimaginable as they are familiar.

Scoggins on Mauer: 'The best all-around athlete I've ever witnessed'
Chip Scoggins

The relationship columnist Chip Scoggins built with Joe Mauer dates back to their first conversation, when Mauer asked if he could call back after he'd finished his homework.




House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, following a m

Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar's statements on Israel return to spotlight
Twin Cities transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results
Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody

Nikolas Cruz is seen during a status check on his case at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Guard troops search for more dead in aftermath of wildfire
FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017
Authorities: Custody dispute played role in family's slaying

The Trump administration has ordered a reshaping of the military, but a review said funding and innovation are lacking.

U.S. military advantage has eroded, bipartisan review warns

May wins Cabinet backing for Brexit deal but pitfalls remain
Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border
Swedish parliament rejects proposed government

Mitch Trubisky and the Bears are 6-3 and lead the NFC North.

In high-scoring NFL, it's time for NFC North to stand up for itself

How will Mack, Bears defense test the Vikings? Take a look
Third down can change lives, careers in NFL
Vikings, Bears could be a great defensive battle

Wild left winger Zach Parise was dumped to the ice by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the second period. Parise bounced back to score in the thir

Wild leaves its road-trip swagger behind in loss to Washington

Souhan: Not making big deal has been a big deal in Wild's success
Postgame: Wild goalie Dubnyk 'sore' after collision in loss to Capitals
Similar Capitals offer Wild an object lesson on postseason success

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Jimmy Butler in happier times, after a victory over Oklahoma City in October of 2017.

Owner Taylor: Butler 'had an agenda' Wolves had to work around

Butler trade saga ends, but conditions that created it still hot
'A shocker.' Unlike Butler, new Wolves players didn't ask for this deal
Durant vs. Draymond is reminder that Warriors' dynasty is fragile

Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck

U cuts ties with top football recruit after domestic battery charge

Pitino gets commitment from wing player with St. Paul ties
Gophers wide receiver Howard might get a chance at cornerback
Murphy closing in on Gophers' career rebounding record

Former first lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs Oprah Winfrey during a kickoff event for Obama's new book "Becoming" at the United Center in Chicago, Tu

Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

Ventura visits next Minnesota governor, and talks pot
Actress Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein, alleges rape
David Spade to star in HBO comedy series from Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman

A digital "Doodle a Day" by Nancy Carlson.

Caregivers find solace, relief in creative escapes

Diabetes advocate shares personal journey to inspire hope
A child of South Africa offers guidance for polarized families
Couple faces peaks and valleys of life with peaks and valleys