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Harry Middleton, LBJ speechwriter and historian, dies at 95

Harry Middleton, a former speechwriter to Lyndon B. Johnson and later the longtime director of his presidential library, has died. He was 95.

Jazz pianist James 'Jimmy' Hamilton played with legends, taught future ones like Prince

Hamilton, dubbed a Minnesota jazz legend, died Dec. 31 after prolonged complications from stroke. He was 80.

Hattie Bonds, head of Women United, agreed with an audit that found state officials often don’t follow equal-opportunity laws. The audit, ordered by Gov. Mark Dayton, says minority contractors got about 1 percent of the state’s $2.4 billion in federal transportation funds from 2012 to 2014.

Audit: State not following equal opportunity laws

Minnesota's outdoor ice rinks feeling the heat
'I felt like I was going to die,' one of five shot at Clark protest testifies
After 7 years, an Edina police dog has gone on his last patrol

Gophers guard Nate Mason had his shot blocked by Penn State’s Mike Watkins, part of a 52-50 loss and a pair of defeats that interrupted a run of Gophers success.

Richard Pitino's Gophers want to make season and rivalry statement vs. Wisconsin

Transplanted Staal boys loving Wild, and Minnesota winter
Tyus Jones once again plays key role late in Wolves victory
Kloos' overtime goal extends U's winning streak to seven

Mary Dodds and Maggie Mortensen, co-founders of North Aire Market, worked on making soup in their Shakopee test kitchen.

QVC serves up prime-time spot for Shakopee soup ladies Sunday

Twin Cities housing market expected to tighten more in 2017
Best Buy's Joly says he isn't leaving after report says he is top prospect for another job
Target's ex-grocery chief lands new gig at Supervalu

Donald Trump, surrounded by his family, was administered the oath of office Friday by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 45th president in Washington.

For President Trump, a missed opportunity to unify

Rash Report: Europe on alert for Kremlin's election meddling
Sack cartoon: Trump — a flow chart
Readers Write (Jan. 21): President Donald Trump

Trump — a flow chart

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Country superstar Eric Church performed at Target Center on Friday in Minneapolis.

Review: Eric Church shows who's the Boss at Target Center

The forgotten architects behind the Foshay and other iconic Mpls. buildings
New Bob Dylan musical takes place in Duluth during Great Depression, will premiere in London
What's bedtime like for Syrian refugee children? See the haunting photos at American Swedish Institute

Obituary: Entrepreneur Elliott Royce was a remarkable retiree

At age 96, Elliott Royce attended trampoline class three times per week. The hobby fit with his retirement routine of falling five times every morning…

Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art
Dennis Anderson

Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.

Al Farmes' gone, but his legacy lives
Dennis Anderson

Al Farmes died Wednesday at 93, but the 'Save the Wetlands' program he helped create saved many prized habitats for posterity.

President Donald Trump arrives with first lady Melania Trump, at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president

Trump's team takes charge
Minnesota Trump fans pack bags, head for D.C. to see history
The Latest: Prayer service, CIA visit on tap for Trump

U.S. attorney Robert Capers announced charges against Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Friday in Brooklyn.

El Chapo is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists

Bergdahl lawyers: Trump's criticism prevents fair trial
Army's elite Ranger Regiment will soon have its first female soldier
Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

Italian firefighters search for survivors after an avalanche buried a hotel near Farindola, central Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Rescue crews are continuing the painstaking search for some 30 people trapped inside a remote Italian mountain resort flattened by a huge avalanche. (Italian Firefighters/ANSA via Italian Firefighters)

'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge
Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power, leave
S. Korea illegally detained prostitutes hired by U.S. soldiers decades ago, court rules

Gophers guard Nate Mason had his shot blocked by Penn State’s Mike Watkins, part of a 52-50 loss and a pair of defeats that interrupted a run of Gophers success.

Richard Pitino's Gophers want to make season and rivalry statement vs. Wisconsin

Kloos' overtime goal extends U's winning streak to seven
Souhan: Right moves give Badgers undeniable dominance over Gophers
Gard's Badgers once again built for Big Ten dominance

The Staal brothers — Parker, 7, and Levi, 5 — took advantage of a Minnesota day on a backyard rink, with uncle Geoff Lindberg and grandfather Arthur Vandenbroeke joining in.

Transplanted Staal boys loving Wild, and Minnesota winter

Late Niederreiter goal lifts Wild over lowly Coyotes
Souhan: Wild's Boudreau does what's needed to win — egos be darned
Wild-Anaheim game preview

Aaron Rodgers' father opens up on family rift

'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61
Adele to perform at the Grammy Awards next month
C.J.: Smooth jazz's Jeff Lorber is cool about borrowing by Ashanti and Ja Rule

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Longtime Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope dies at 88

Edwin Pope, an award-winning sports columnist who covered the first 47 Super Bowls and spent more than 50 years with the Miami Herald, has died at 88.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS' hit "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to NBC crime drama "Crossing Jordan," has died.

Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA

Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died Thursday at age 71.

Elusive Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor dies at 70

William Onyeabor, the elusive and influential Nigerian musician who pioneered a stuttering style of electronic funk during the '70s and '80s before retreating from music…