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Trump plans Puerto Rico visit after backlash over response

Two people sit in an apartment with a wall missing along the waterfront on Sept. 25, 2017 in San Juan. Nearly one week after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas, and money from banks. Much of the damage done was to electrical wires, fallen trees, and flattened vegetation, in addition to home wooden roofs torn off. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

President Donald Trump says he'll visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next Tuesday. He announced the visit after the administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens.

Wrong-way driver led to crash that killed 2 teens, shut down I-94 in Mpls.

The eastbound lanes of I-94 at Dowling Avenue in north Minneapolis have reopened following a four-hour closure due to a fatal crash.

North Korea reaches out for help in trying to figure out Trump

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, followed by his interpreter, left, walks to the microphones to speak outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel, in New York, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. He said a weekend tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump was a “declaration of war.”

They're asking why Trump's top officials, notably Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, directly contradict the president so often.

U economics prof who failed to file state tax returns gets workhouse

She will end up paying nearly $111,000 in restitution; employment status at the university is unclear.

Drunken mom allegedly veers off Minn. road with 5 kids, breast-feeds baby

The driver, with no valid license, has three drunken driving convictions on her record in the past 10 years.

Newly promoted to sergeant, Renee Lewis stood with her colleagues on Monday after they were officially sworn in to their new roles with the department.

Minneapolis police recognize newest leaders at promotion ceremony

University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break
Feds charge one alleged supplier of deadly carfentanil in Twin Cities
U economics prof who failed to file state tax returns gets workhouse

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Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and General Manager Thad Levine.

Scoggins: New Twins regime's patience pays off, now and in future

How Case Keenum's career day buried the Bucs
Molitor's 1982 Brewers provide cautionary tale for Molitor's 2017 Twins
Lid pops off the Vikings offense with deep balls, big catches now in play

Scores, schedules, and stats
Michael Reger, former CEO of Northern Oil and Gas Inc.

Ousted Northern Oil & Gas CEO Michael Reger will get $3.75 million package in settlement

Post sues General Mills over the look of bagged cereal displays
Fifth Street Towers renovation puts a bar in Minneapolis skyway
Stocks edge higher as tech rebounds and cruise lines rise

Linda Breitag and Ray Makeever held signs opposing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL teams fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

Yet again, Trump chooses divisiveness

Elections in Germany generate an alarming outcome
Editorial cartoon: Mike Lester on Jimmy Kimmel
Readers Write: Trump and the NFL, the Affordable Care Act, YouthLink and homeless young people

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star on "Empire."

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have built an 'Empire' on chemistry

Maple Grove graduate falls short in 'So You Think You Can Dance' finale
Robert Plant to grace us with his presence again Feb. 22 at Orpheum
R&B-pop sensation the Weeknd underwhelms in front of 14,000 fans at Xcel

A trip to Duluth proves City Hall isn't sinking under data requests

So back in July, when the Duluth city staff presented the idea of charging $35 an hour for any data request that takes more than 15 minutes, I decided to ask: How big a burden are these?

Souhan: Hitch a ride on the Vikings' quarterback carousel
Jim Souhan

With Sam Bradford missing a second straight game this week, the Vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.

Tevlin: Vet's phone call was inspired by strong feelings toward the VA
Jon Tevlin

If you work at the VA and met Mike Krueger, you should know that he appreciates you more than you can imagine.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, accompanied by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal, on Capitol Hill, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington.

Sen. Collins' opposition kills GOP health care drive

Sen. Klobuchar steers health care debate to middle ground
At least six White House advisers used private e-mail accounts
GOP lawmaker alludes to females lawmakers as 'eye candy'

FILE - In this April 16, 2007, file photo, Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. Dassey is a Wisconsin inmate who was featured in the "Making a Murderer" series. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is set for Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, to consider arguments over whether Dassey should go free. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after he told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach.

Full federal court to hear 'Making a Murderer' appeal

Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's fragile electricity system and the people are suffering
Violent crime in U.S. rises for second consecutive year
Boxer searches for good Samaritan who saved him from riptide

A villager watches Mount Agung volcano in his field in Amed, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. An increasing frequency of tremors from the volcano indicates magma is continuing to move toward the surface and an eruption is possible, a disaster agency official said Tuesday. Tourists are cutting short their stay to the island, where an eruption would force the airport to close and strand thousands.

Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000

Antarctic glacier loses piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan
North Korean diplomat says tweet by Trump 'declared war'
North Korea reaches out for help in trying to figure out Trump

The Twins' Eduardo Escobar circled the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Twins in driver's seat for wild-card berth entering season's final week

Scoggins: New Twins regime's patience pays off, now and in future
Latest Wild Card update: Twins win and they're just about in
Molitor's 1982 Brewers provide cautionary tale for Molitor's 2017 Twins

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) hit seven of his 11 throws for 137 yards when he had more than 2.5 seconds to throw against the Bucs, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Vikings’ ability to give their quarterbacks time to throw has made deep shots possible.

Lid pops off the Vikings offense with deep balls, big catches now in play

Vikings' Cook tries to keep up with new workload
Read the replay: Vikings Live Chat with Mark Craig
Trump begins the morning by slamming the NFL again

FILE - In this Thursday, June 9, 2016, file photo, singer Idina Menzel looks over her shoulder at photographers at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Menzel announced her marriage to actor Aaron Lohr on Sept. 25, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Idina Menzel marries one-time 'Rent' co-star Aaron Lohr

Comic legend Stan Lee to raise money for Irma victims
Liz Dawn, former 'Coronation Street' actress, dies aged 77
Ryan Gosling to host 'SNL' premiere with Jay-Z musical guest