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Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

The border fence between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 12, 2017. An environmental group and an Arizona congressman have sued to block President Donald Trump's planned wall until the government agrees to analyze the impact of construction on plants, animals and border residents.

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Obama dishes on leadership at 1st event since leaving office

Former President Barack Obama hosts a conversation on civic engagement and community organizing, Monday, April 24, 2017, at the University of Chicago in Chicago. It's the former president's first public event of his post-presidential life in the place where he started his political career.

Former President Barack Obama used his first public appearance since leaving office to dole out advice to young people on leadership, managing social media and even marriage. What he didn't do was mention his successor.

Trump slaps tariff on Canadian softwood lumber

The Trump administration moved Monday to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, escalating an intensifying trade dispute between the two countries.

Bonding bill in limbo at Legislature and so are projects around the state

GOP, DFL united in wanting a construction measure but divided over how much.

German chancellor honored by US Holocaust Memorial Museum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received the 2017 Elie Wiesel Award, the highest honor from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hodges says she was victim of sex abuse as a child

In a Facebook post, Minneapolis mayor says attacks started at age 8.

Minnesota House backs ban on state dollars for abortion

The measure bans state dollars from covering the cost of abortions for low-income women on public medical programs. If it passes the Senate, it will face a veto by Dayton.

Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax
Hot Dish Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.

Governor to lawmakers: Kill transparency measures
Secrecy Rules

Two measures sought by government openness advocates are criticized by Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Latest: US judge lifts temporary execution stay

The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

The Latest: Trump threatens tariff on Canadian lumber

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT):

Trump's tax plan could face a budget deficit challenge

President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the "massive" tax cut he promised without also blowing a massive hole in the budget?

Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues

Arkansas' execution protocol includes three drugs, two of which are used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients. A look at the drugs:

Ohio governor, ex-GOP presidential candidate, publishes book

Gov. John Kasich's new book, "Two Paths: America Divided or United," provides a rare, and sometimes raw, behind-the-scenes look at being a 2016 presidential candidate.

Feds stumble again with split verdict in Bundy standoff case

Government prosecutors stumbled again Monday in a bid to gain convictions of armed protesters in a case arising from skirmishes in a decades-old battle over control of public lands in the western United States.

Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Foreign governments that rely on the services of private criminal hackers leave their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted, creating something of a "silver lining" for U.S. law enforcement investigations of cyberattacks, a top Justice Department official said Monday.