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Dems blink on shutdown, hope for immigration bargain

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined at right by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., emerge from the Senate chamber just after a procedural vote aimed at reopening the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Manchin, a centrist Democrat from a heavily Republican state, later met with President Donald Trump to discuss immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Over the weekend, it became clear that using the shutdown to insist on protections for hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants was a serious miscalculation. By abandoning the strategy on its third day, Democrats believe they limited the damage and gave the public time to forget about the disruption before the critical November election.

Schafer: Why would Amazon snub Twin Cities in headquarters contest?

Pedestrians walk past a recently built trio of geodesic domes that are part of the Seattle headquarters for Amazon.

Children's Hospital play zone for sick kids is winner of Vikings fans' largesse

Child Life volunteer Yesica Mercado Munoz, 16, played with 2-year-old Damian Bridges, who was hospitalized for hypoglycemia at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.

Outpouring to Saints punter led to more than $100,000 for Children's Hospital program.

Minn. lottery ticket gifted by daughter to dad at Christmas hits for $1M

Don and Phyllis DeSaer displayed winning smiles with their four daughters.

Family of six – parents and their four grown daughters – are splitting raffle winnings.

150 pounds of meth stopped en route to Twin Cities; at least 4 arrested

Man said he had made Phoenix to Minnesota run more than 15 times.



Gavin Smith and his dad, Quentin Smith, rear, reacted to a play in the second quarter of the Vikings-Eagles game.

Postgame agony continues: Now to host a Viking-less Super Bowl

Novice skier dies on 'most difficult' slope after hitting tree in Wabasha
Blaine's perennial dilemma: What to do about cramped senior center?
Low unemployment in Mpls. leaves Super Bowl parties looking for help

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Minnesota Vikings Latavius Murray, left, and Jerick McKinnon signed each others jerseys as they cleaned out their lockers at Winter Park, Monday, January 22, 2018 in Eden Prairie, MN. ELIZABETH FLORES liz.flores@startribune.com

Vikings bemoan lost opportunity: 'This is going to hurt for a while'

Wiggins soars for 40 as Wolves defeat Clippers
Wild extends home dominance by beating Senators
Souhan: Something happened on the way to the Super Bowl

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Pedestrians walk past a recently built trio of geodesic domes that are part of the Seattle headquarters for Amazon.

Schafer: Why would Amazon snub Twin Cities in headquarters contest?

Blue Cross shifting work to Anthem
Netflix's success turns net neutrality into an afterthought
Giant in the making: ADM-Bunge talk merger

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walked back to his office on Capitol Hill on Monday after Senate leaders reached an agreement to end a three-day government shutdown

Congress opts for another Band-Aid

Try to smile: We're still hosting a Super Bowl
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Paris Bennett, left, with her mother, Jamecia — who’s co-starring as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz” — and daughter, Egypt.

Twin Cities native Paris Bennett's long road from 'American Idol' to 'The Wiz'

12 Super Bowl-inspired restaurant events that you can take advantage of
Sparks closes in Bryn Mawr neighborhood; new restaurant with Ecuadorean fare moving in
We put the Google art selfie app to the test with Minnesota celebrities

Schafer: Why would Amazon snub Twin Cities in headquarters contest?
Lee Schafer

The worst possible outcome in the competition for Amazon.com's second headquarters has already come to pass for the Twin Cities.Never mind that Amazon picked 20…

Souhan: This Vikings season was going to be different, until it wasn't
Jim Souhan

Losing big games and seeking more at quarterback. These are your Vikings.

Trash talking with Philly? Not exactly a tough assignment
C.J.

The Philly columnist kicked things off with: "Like almost all Americans, I've never been to Minnesota. What am I missing, other than frostbite...?"




Senator Amy Klobuchar gave a warm introdiction to fellow Minnesota Senator Tina Smith at Smith's reception on Jan. 3.

Klobuchar, Smith vote to end federal government shutdown

Ohio Supreme Court hears challenge of death penalty law
As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another
Survey: Mayors view climate change as pressing urban issue

Maria Angelica Ramirez demonstrated in support of DACA outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral, Fla., on Monday.

Uncertainty surrounds DACA renewal applications

New York man pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism
Ohio Supreme Court hears challenge of death penalty law
Man gets at least 23 years in prison for school stabbings

Mayon volcano erupts for the second straight day as lava cascades down its slopes Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines' most active volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in another thunderous explosion at dawn Tuesday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee

Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company
China criticizes Trump tariffs on solar, washing machines
Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten

Minnesota Vikings Latavius Murray, left, and Jerick McKinnon signed each others jerseys as they cleaned out their lockers at Winter Park, Monday, January 22, 2018 in Eden Prairie, MN. ELIZABETH FLORES liz.flores@startribune.com

Vikings bemoan lost opportunity: 'This is going to hurt for a while'

Souhan: Something happened on the way to the Super Bowl
Case? Teddy? Sam? Let's look at the 2018 quarterback conundrum
Vikings' McKinnon eager to embrace free-agent market

Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins shot against Clippers forward Blake Griffin, on his way to 40 points in the Wolves’ 126-118 victory Monday night.

Wiggins soars for 40 as Wolves defeat Clippers

Sorry not sorry: Wolves' Towns backs his support of Eagles
Q&A: Jimmy Butler says, 'I'll find my way to the top'
Eagles fan KAT on Twitter backlash: "I don't care."

The Wild's Jason Zucker scored his go-ahead goal against Senators goaltender Mike Condon in the third period of the Wild's 3-1 victory Monday at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild extends home dominance by beating Senators

Postgame: Wild feeding off urgency of tight playoff race
Wild defenseman Prosser making the most of increased ice time
Wild-Ottawa game recap

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, Ed Sheeran attends Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York. heeran has announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, saying the two got engaged right before the new year.

Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement on Instagram

UK's Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged
Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut
In TV interview, Farrow describes alleged Allen assault