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Trump hotel starts 'inaugural tradition' amid ethics concern

Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight in "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised.

Trump kids turn to social media to chronicle dad's big day

Backstage photos from the black-tie inaugural balls. A quick peek out the Truman Balcony to admire the view of Washington. A visit to the basement White House bowling alley.

Minnesota GOP charts new course in response to protests

Minnesota officials responded to months of unrest last year after the death of a black man shot by police officers with funding meant to reduce the state's widespread racial disparities. This year, a new Republican-controlled Legislature is plotting a crackdown on protests, with tougher penalties for highway marchers and potentially putting some demonstrators on the hook for the enforcement costs at unruly protests.

Former mayor's Wild West dream heads for courthouse showdown

A dream to open a Wild West museum led the former mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to spend millions in public funds to buy artifacts.

Alec Baldwin's Trump wasn't on 'SNL,' but mock-Putin was

Maybe Alec Baldwin was busy. Maybe "Saturday Night Live" figured viewers had seen plenty of President Donald Trump for real this inauguration weekend.

3M helps provide protective vests for Decatur Police

The Decatur Police Department is improving the safety of its detectives thanks to some assistance from 3M.

Rhode Island governor looks to pioneer free tuition for all

A college-for-all idea that sparked Democratic voter enthusiasm during the presidential race could now be tested in the smallest state.

'Protect Life' sign in Minnesota Senate Building office window stirs controversy
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A DFL state Senator has asked that a sign hung in the window of a Republican colleague be taken down because it might violate a zoning ordinance.

If Ellison wins DNC post, state Sen. Dibble will run for Congress after all
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If U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison vacates his congressional seat for top DNC job, state Sen. Scott Dibble will run, reversing a previous decision to stay out of the race to replace him.

Trump nomination to lead State picks up support in Senate

Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday after gaining the support of two influential Republican senators who had wavered on the nomination.

Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

President Donald Trump is striking a more unifying tone as he gets down to business on his second full day in the White House.

Some question push for tougher penalties for attacking cops

Gov. Eric Greitens is pushing to toughen Missouri's already stiff penalties for attacking a police officer, reflecting similar efforts underway in other states and pleasing many in Missouri's law enforcement community, which has been on the defensive since the police killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson more than two years ago.

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The Latest: 'Horrible tragedy' as storm hits rural Georgia

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Wisconsin school advocates pushing for more money

Advocates for Wisconsin's public schools, heartened by higher tax collection forecasts and promises by Gov. Scott Walker, are hoping the Legislature bolsters funding in a way that allows the money to be spent in the classrooms rather than used to lower property taxes.

Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. What this means for states' efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question.

NY governor seeks $2B to fix some of nation's oldest pipes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants $2 billion to address some of the nation's oldest water and sewer systems — and while that sounds like a lot of money, it's a drop in the bucket of what the state's experts say is truly required.

US Rep. Kennedy: Democrats must heed voters' economic fears

He's heir to a famed political family that traces its roots back to Boston's bare-knuckled campaigns when Democratic ward bosses kept a close ear to the city's narrow streets and tenement hallways.

Beachfront owners reject US help, pay for own storm barrier

Oceanfront homeowners in this wealthy New Jersey shore enclave have so little faith in the government's ability to protect them from catastrophic storms that they've spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and the ocean.