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Trump budget director pick failed to pay payroll taxes

Rep. Mick Mulvaney said he had discovered that he had failed to pay taxes for an employee during the confirmation process.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney admitted in a questionnaire that he did not pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee from 2000 to 2004.

Trump teams says Manning commutation 'a very troubling message'

Chelsea Manning was arrested in Iraq in May 2010 after transmitting documents to WikiLeaks.

Sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

A prosecutor says a newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker has pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office.

Minnesota officials seek tax break for Wisconsin workers

House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids has proposed a bill to help Minnesota residents, who may pay higher taxes due to working in Wisconsin.

The Latest: New Wisconsin budget projections coming

The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time,

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a "tough prison sentence" already.

MyPillow mogul denies report that he might run for Minn. governor
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Still a sliver of possibility, however.

Ellison says he won't attend Trump's inauguration
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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison will not attend the inauguration this week of Donald Trump, saying on Monday he will not “celebrate a man who…

Obama wishes Bushes well, talks free press

In his final news conference President Barack Obama wished former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush well after news that both were hospitalized. Obama also touted the need for a free press.

Opponent of upgraded Minnesota IDs says he won't block vote

A Minnesota lawmaker who staunchly opposes upgrading state photo IDs to meet new federal requirements said Wednesday he won't block a vote on the measure, potentially clearing the way for the state to comply with the Real ID Act and avoid domestic travel disruptions starting next year.

Transit board takes initial steps to dissolve

CTIB has helped to attract $1.5 billion in federal transit funding

Supreme Court nominee returns to bench as judge, not justice

Merrick Garland, the judge nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, made his return to the courtroom on Wednesday to hear cases as a federal appeals court judge, not a Supreme Court justice.

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

US stock indexes stay stuck; bond yields and dollar rise

The stock market hasn't been this boring in years.

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

The Latest: George W. Bush to be in DC despite dad's health

The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

Obama's parting message: We're going to be OK

"We're going to be OK."

Dozens in law enforcement from Twin Cities dispatched for inaugural parade duties

All expenses for the assignment are covered by the federal government, the Sheriff's Office said.