Trump called out for appearing to mock reporter with disability

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him.

Obama struggles with stance on the death penalty

President Barack Obama is making a hard case for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system, but where he stands on the death penalty is unclear.

Judicial panel recommends DHS leader Jesson for Court of Appeals slot

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A state judicial panel has recommended Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and three others to Gov. Mark Dayton as he looks to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Clinton to campaign in Minneapolis on Dec. 15

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will hold a campaign event in Minneapolis on Dec. 15.

Produce in Costco salad linked to E. coli is being recalled

Federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.

Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system

Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty.

President's oldest daughter among those scoping out colleges

Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate, energy

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country.

Lawmakers: Agency not doing enough against dengue fever

Hawaii state Sen. Russell Ruderman worries whenever there's a mosquito buzzing in his home.

Syrians' plight spurs flood of donations to state's refugee agencies

As rhetoric heats up, phones ring off hook at groups that can assist Syrian refugees.

White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.

Lost in translation: Chinese smirk after Obama pardons turkey named Abe

– When President Obama pardoned two turkeys named “Honest” and “Abe” this Thanksgiving, most Americans understood the reference to Abraham Lincoln. But in…

Former Wis. deputy who killed wife, sister from Lake Elmo wants out of institution

A former Dane County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed his wife and her sister last year is asking to be released from the mental institution where he's committed.

Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US

President Barack Obama said there currently is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Criminal justice issues showing up in 2016 presidential race

On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.

Man sentenced for pimping teens as part of business plan

A 38-year-old man told a federal judge that he had dreams and a formal business plan when he got out of state prison — and he only started sex trafficking his girlfriend and three 17-year-old girls so he could raise money for his business ventures.

Obama: Holiday means food, football, and not-too-dry turkey?

President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry."

Malia Obama navigating college decision-making process

Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight

State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.