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Big surge for military in Trump budget, cuts elsewhere

President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington.

President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less."

Penn. judge sides with transgender students over bathroom access

Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Washington, after the Department of Education and the Justice Department announce plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students.

A federal judge on Monday ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district's policy continues.

Macy's in downtown St. Paul to be renamed Treasure Island Center

Treasure Island Resort and Casino has signed on for the naming rights of the former Macy's building in downtown St. Paul.
(Image provided by Treasure Island Center)

Treasure Island Resort and Casino has entered an agreement for naming rights for the redeveloped building

In Lake City, patients and residents ask: Is Mayo listening?

The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Hootsuite announced a joint initiative to create an industry-leading social media credential for medical and health-care professionals.

The hospital's labor and delivery services were phased out two years ago, and then last year three physicians and a nurse abruptly resigned from Mayo's Lake City clinic.

Feds abandon opposition to key part of Texas voter ID law

FILE � A polling location in Austin, Texas, March 1, 2016. In a sign of its direction under Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department sought to drop a crucial objection to Texas� strict voter-identification law, which requires voters to show a driver�s license, passport or other government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot.

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is abandoning its longstanding opposition to a key aspect of Texas' toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law, costing voting rights groups their most important ally and possibly encouraging other conservative states to toughen their own election rules with President Donald Trump in charge.


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The Skyway Senior Center is a place for individuals over the age of 50 to socialize and participate in various classes, events and informational sessions.

Downtown Minneapolis' Skyway Senior Center may close at the end of March

St. Anthony officer pleads not guilty in Philando Castile shooting death
Seeking 'gender inclusivity,' U sheds homecoming king and queen titles
Hunt on for Level 3 sex offender charged with impregnating Twin Cities preteen girl

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With the Wild coming off its bye week and beginning a stretch of 23 games in 41 days, Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with the mumps and missed Monday’s game against Los Angeles.

Wild's Parise, Pominville diagnosed with mumps

Vikings' Thielen working overtime in the gym ­— as part-owner
Will the Vikings be looking for a new kick returner?
Chase for eighth: Wolves, Kings pursuing final playoff spot tonight

Scores, schedules, and stats
TCF Bank CEO Craig Dahl.

TCF Financial touts progress, but investors remain cautious

For first time, United to offer flights out of Rochester
An open thank you letter to millennials (from a Gen-X manager)
Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

Today, many Americans are rhetorically conservative but behaviorally liberal.

'Big government' is ever growing, but it's on the sly

Now it's up to states to protect LGBTQ civil rights
The Trump budget: Keep civil legal aid off the chopping block
Readers Write (Feb. 28): DNC leadership, the Jewish and Muslim communities, wages, girls' basketball, cellphone distraction


Academy Awards

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Sting will play the Myth in Maplewood on Thursday.

Renaissance man Sting returns to rock, and to the Twin Cities

Neil Gaiman offers Norse tales as bracing as the north wind
Black Bride editor: Diversity still a challenge in bridal business
Mystic Lake revives its amphitheater with Santana


Schafer: R&D isn't dead, it's broken
Lee Schafer

No one should have been surprised when the Office of the Legislative Auditor found the Minnesota research-and-development tax credit to be a net drain on…

Rosenblum: There's a big battle to save author Brenda Ueland's little house in Linden Hills
Gail Rosenblum

A 117-year-old Minneapolis farmhouse is ripe for teardown, but preservationists think it's worth saving.

Anderson: Bud Grant knows heartache of losing hunting dogs: 'You could say I'm lost'
Dennis Anderson

Bud Grant will be 90 in May and acknowledges that if he replaces Boom, who had to be put down this fall, any new dog likely will outlive him. Still — call it an act of faith — he is wanting a new, trained, Labrador



Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

George W. Bush on President Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers'

Pence asks Indiana court to keep some governor emails secret
How the Trump White House is trying to intimidate journalists
Owners of small liquor stores gird for Sunday hours

In this 2012 photo provided by a former member of the church, Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley, center, holds a baby, accompanied by her husband, Sam, center right, and others during a ceremony in the church's compound in Spindale, N.C. From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror _ waged in the name of the Lord.

Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse in N.C. church

Another Jewish cemetery vandalized and again Muslims reach out to help
Mardi Gras crash suspect's alcohol level 3 times legal limit
Supreme Court considers sex offenders' social media use

Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was killed by an extremely toxic nerve agent known as VX.

North Korea's secret police, ministry organized assassination, South Korea finds

Nazi's son returns art that his family looted in Poland
Militant group posts video claiming to show beheading of German hostage
Flooding leaves millions without water in Chile

Gophers coach Marlene Stollings tried to rally her players during halftime of their game vs. Purdue earlier this month at Williams Arena.

Ice-cold Gophers women's team hoping to warm up in Big Ten tournament

Gophers' 14-0 start among the best in college softball
Souhan blog: Forget tournament worries, U men's hoop fans, and focus on fun season
'Lynch with another block ... ' Watch all 11 blocks vs. Penn State

With the Wild coming off its bye week and beginning a stretch of 23 games in 41 days, Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with the mumps and missed Monday’s game against Los Angeles.

Wild's Parise, Pominville diagnosed with mumps

New Wild teammates welcome arrival of Hanzal
Dalpe claimed off waivers; Wild's Boudreau, players react to big trade
Wild-Winnipeg game preview

The "In Memoriam" segment during the Oscars paid tribute to costume designer and four-time nominee Janet Patterson, but used a photo of Australian producer Jan Chapman, who is still alive.

Another Oscar mix up: 'In Memoriam' showed still-living producer

Clooney uses Cesar award to warn about hate in age of Trump
Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars
7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36