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U.S. intercepts: Jeff Sessions, Russian envoy talked about Trump campaign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

That's contrary to public assertions by the attorney general.

Senate GOP health plan's prospects worsen after procedural setback

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Chamber on Thursday.

The need for 60 votes, instead of a simple majority, for at least a dozen provisions dramatically complicates already slim prospects for passage.

Minnesota girl has surgery after being bitten severely in lake

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary over Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci, incoming White House communications director, points as he arrives during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Washington.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the president "could benefit from a clean slate" as he seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown.

Minnesota DNR chief apologizes for extended walleye ban on Lake Mille Lacs

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, shown in 2015, called a two-week extension of a midsummer ban on walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs "profoundly difficult" and "deeply discouraging."

Catch-and-release will resume on Aug. 11.

Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman

Brooklyn Park fire chief to step down amid so-called 'culture of hostility'

'We hereby declare!' Young citizens take oath in special Children's Museum event
Rush on $10 senior lifetime pass to national parks causes shortage in Twin Cities
Bio of Medaria Arradondo

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Miguel Sano(22) who just drove in Brian Dozier(2), right, and Eduardo Escobar(5) not pictured, heads to the dugout..] Twins take on the Yankees at Target Field in final game of 3-game series.Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Richard

Gameview: Twins open weekend series with Detroit

Reusse: Statue of T.K. makes Twins manager look good, and he was
Three concussions in half-season for United player are 'concerning'
Mille Lacs walleye quota already exceeded; reopening of lake delayed

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Foreclosures are at all-time lows in the Twin Cities. That's a sign of a healthy market but also one that has tipped into housing shortages.

Foreclosure rate drops to all-time low in Twin Cities

Thrivent lot in downtown Mpls. might be redone as ramp and apartments
Paul Grangaard retiring as CEO of Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds
After more than a decade, landlords' last remaining claims against St. Paul dismissed

A police officer attached his body camera to a magnetic plate worn inside his uniform. Although Minneapolis officers have been outfitted with bodycams for about a year, the cameras were not turned on when two officers responded to Justine Damond’s 911 call.

Turn up the scrutiny of Mpls. police practices in wake of Justine Damond's death

Rash Report: What 'Dunkirk' displays about Britain, then and now
Sack cartoon: Sean Spicer
Readers Write: Mille Lacs fishing, Trump presidency, Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, body image and 'ditching the diet'

Sean Spicer

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Past meets present: Water would once again entertain kids in Peavey Plaza as it did in 1975.

Redo of Peavey Plaza in Mpls. preserves and updates once-popular park

Rush on $10 senior lifetime pass to national parks causes shortage in Twin Cities
Ordway's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' looks super but is short on soul
Media showman, Minnesota's rock 'n' roll 'godfather' Bill Diehl dies at 91

Reusse: Statue of T.K. makes Twins manager look good, and he was
Patrick Reusse

Retiring former manager Tom Kelly's number 10 in 2012 wasn't enough. Now he has the eighth statue on the plaza outside Target Field.

Rosenblum: Minnesota grandparents feel love after travel ban revised
Gail Rosenblum

The case is a reminder that grandparents are essential to a growing number of families.

Lileks: When will stores learn to stop selling school supplies in July?
James Lileks

Retailers, please let us savor what's left of summer.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, shown with House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin in May.

Minnesota House speaker reverses course, backs legislative raises

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary over Scaramucci
U.S. intercepts: Jeff Sessions, Russian envoy talked about Trump campaign
Suit filed over new income tax for wealthy Seattle residents

Plaintiff Joaquin Carcano speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, NC., Friday, July 21, 2017, announcing a new lawsuit over LGBT rights. The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the "bathroom bill" off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina's reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects. Madeline Goss, right, also is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Lawsuit: Effects of 'bathroom bill' linger in North Carolina

Abortion fight rages in Kentucky, which has just 1 clinic
Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly darkens on new immune drugs
SpaceX wants a bigger ship for mission to Mars

FILE - In this May 21, 1973 file photo, Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France. A Spanish judge on Monday June 26, 2017, has ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed following a paternity suit by a woman named by Europa Press agency as Pilar Abel, 61 from the nearby city of Girona. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Exhumation of Salvador Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant
Bank of America picks Dublin for EU base after Brexit
U.S. intercepts: Jeff Sessions, Russian envoy talked about Trump campaign

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Santana, steady in July after June hiccups, on mound against Tigers

Possible Twins trade for Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia in limbo
Tom Kelly's statue unveiled on Target Field plaza
Astros end Orioles' 4-game winning streak with 8-7 victory

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford

The most important Vikings player of 2017 is ... quarterback Sam Bradford

Vikings, Mankato parting ways after one final training camp
Could quarterback Kirk Cousins wind up with Vikings in 2018?
O.J. Simpson will get his freedom, but then what?

O.J. Simpson testifies during an evidentiary hearing in 2013.

Even if O.J. Simpson earns big bucks once he's out, he can't keep the money

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington kills himself at 41
Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates money
C.J.: Actor, Pepitos owner Joe Minjares reflects on life and love as lung disease advances