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Top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, speaks to reporters during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 20, 2016. American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials discussed how to exert influence over Trump, primarily through Manafort and Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported on May 24, 2017.

U.S. spies collected information last summer revealing that it was the topic of discussion among senior Russian intelligence and political officials.

Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

Rosemount football coach Jeff Erdmann said that he realized “working Americans like myself need to run for office.”

Football leader is running as a DFLer, hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis.

How the AP-NORC poll on long term care was conducted

Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the violence against peaceful protesters in Washington by Turkish security forces was "completely indefensible."

The Latest: Attorney general talks tough about gang crime

The Latest on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech before Tennessee law enforcement (all times local):

The Latest: Paul Ryan: Montana candidate should apologize

The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):

Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks
The United Beat

While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.

Mail call: Transit advocates will deliver pro-transit postcards to Gov. Dayton
The Drive

Transportation advocates plan to deliver thousands of post cards to the governor, each with a message decrying proposed cuts to transit service and raising objections to possible fare increases.

22 GOP senators want US to pull out of Paris climate accord

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

US: More than 100 civilians killed in Iraq bombing in March

A U.S. bomb that dropped on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul set off explosive materials that had already been placed inside by Islamic State fighters, causing the structure to collapse and killing more than 100 civilians, a U.S. military investigation concluded Thursday.

Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill

Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise. The leader of the Senate GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law faulted Democrats for not working with them.

74-year-old man shot, killed by deputies is identified

Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Tennessee deputies after they say he fired shots at a neighbor and into the air.

Florida joins other states in ending 'tampon tax'

Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

No link found between cancer and conditions at Guantanamo

A report by U.S. military health experts has found no link between several cases of cancer and environmental conditions in an area used for legal proceedings at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Transportation bill staves off transit cuts — for now

Transportation bill still requires Senate approval before it gets to Dayton.

Wisconsin lawyers hope to raise indigent defense pay rate

Wisconsin attorneys want to increase the rate lawyers are paid to take indigent cases.

Israel tweaks intelligence sharing with U.S. after Trump's comments to Russians

Donald Trump disclosure of top-secret Israeli intelligence to top Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office is not without repercussions.On Wednesday, Israeli Defense…

It was 'all he wanted,' but Sean Spicer didn't get to meet the pope. Even reporters feel bad

The least likely people you'd expect to feel badly for embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer are those with whom he has sparred with…