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Defendant takes stand, responds to claims in ISIL trial

Haqhawo Qaasim holds onto a photo of Guled Ali Omar, who is scheduled to stand trial Monday, while standing in front of the United States Courthouse, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Minneapolis. Omar is one of three defendants who have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Guled Omar is likely the defense's only witness.

Memorial Day motorists reminded to move over for safety

Roadside workers face close calls with speeding vehicles when responding to emergencies.

New video from AAA shows cars whizzing precariously close to its tow-truck drivers.

Minneapolis joins network of 'resilient' cities

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The city has been selected for the Rockefeller Foundations "100 Resilient Cities" program, will hire a new "chief resilience officer."

Minneapolis council pledges support for transgender community, advisory group

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The council voted unanimously in a committee meeting to establish a permanent advisory group on transgender issues.

Woman shot, killed in minivan 'in wrong place at wrong time' + Photo Gallery

Minneapolis' 10th homicide victim of the year was not the intended target of the gunfire that killed her, police said.


Man in St. Paul house shoots at police, then is shot and killed

The man was in a bedroom and had fired at officers, St. Paul police said. It happened about 2:15 p.m. on the 2100 block of Minnehaha Avenue E.


Gap between men and women's church attendance shrinks

The gender gap in worship might not have been a great thing, but some religious leaders might prefer that to what’s happening now. The share…


Day's 4th word trips up Twin Cities 8th-grader in National Spelling Bee

Shorewood's Max Meyer finished 11th at the National Spelling Bee.


Trapped by abuse: Boyfriend's fatal stabbing was her only escape

The 31-year-old's case highlights the complexity of domestic violence.


Wisconsin redistricting trial set to wrap up

A federal trial to help decide whether Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries Republicans redrew five years discriminate against Democrats is set to wrap up.


Report: State overpaid more than $412,000 in tax credits

A new report says Wisconsin's job creation agency has erroneously awarded more than $412,000 in tax credits to companies over how many jobs they created.


Judge tosses out lawsuit by former Walker aide

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who accused prosecutors of overstepping their authority.


Minneapolis City Council gives tentative approval to sick-leave mandate

With final approval expected Friday, the ordinance would go into effect July 1, 2017.


National Eagle Center's most prominent feathered friend dies

Harriet, 35, traveled the state and country as the face of the bald eagle.


DNR pursues better plan, better numbers on deer

The agency will take input from a wide range of people.


Tree falls, fatally hits Minn. farmer herding cattle in from storm

He was on a 4-wheeler at the time he was struck, the Sheriff's Office said.


Rape, kidnapping charges dropped against St. Paul man accused of chaining victim in basement

Wilbert Glover still faces weapons charges related to the case.


State Capitol intruder left behind knife, threats, charge says

A Minneapolis man is charged with burglary, accused of slipping through a closed construction zone to get into the House chambers.


Riverfront plans get first look from Rochester's Destination Medical Center board

Project includes a hotel/retail complex, restaurant and fountain on Zumbro.