Sen. Franken heads to Paris to meet with counterparts on climate talks

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Sen. Franken heads to Paris to meet with counterparts on climate talks

Dayton again issues request for special session to House Speaker Daudt

Dayton on Tuesday called on Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt to agree to a special legislative session to aid unemployed Iron Range miners and address black poverty and unemployment.

Clinton commemorates boycott, says US must address injustice

Standing in the pulpit where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the historic Montgomery bus boycott, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reached out to black voters Tuesday saying the U.S. is still plagued by injustices such as mass incarceration and attempts to roll back voting rights— and she urged Americans to rebuild their bonds with one another.

Dayton, other Minn. leaders request meeting with Obama on foreign steel dumping

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday said he and members of Minnesota's congressional delegation have requested a meeting with President Obama to urge him to combat foreign steel dumping.

Daudt, other state lawmakers in Turkey as part of U.S. group

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House Speaker Kurt Daudt and two other Minnesota state representatives are in Turkey this week, where international tension is flaring over the country's downing of a Russian warplane.

Illinois governor, legislators hold rare meeting on budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders held a rare sit-down meeting Tuesday on the elusive Illinois budget, a summit where perhaps the biggest breakthrough was an agreement to talk again — even as soon as next week.

Human Rights Watch seeks new probe of alleged CIA torture

– A major human rights group urged the Justice Department to reopen long-closed criminal investigations into alleged CIA torture of detainees in overseas…

FBI: Background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday

Black Friday set a record for the number of firearms background check requests received by the FBI.

Disability rights coalition to seek $90 million in next legislative session

After other Legislature gave more for mental health, nursing homes, money for people with disabilities comes to fore.

DoD official: US pursuing response to Russia treaty breach

A U.S. defense official says the Obama administration is pursing ways to counter Russia's violation of a key arms control treaty, but says actions will be rolled into a broader response to Kremlin aggression in Ukraine and other parts of the world.

US officers take kids off reservation amid custody fight

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officers escorted two children off an American Indian reservation in Montana where their grandmother brought them amid a custody dispute, bringing the federal government into a clash between state and tribal courts.

State Dept. advises US citizens against going to Mali

The State Department is warning U.S. citizens against traveling to Mali and is authorizing the voluntary departure of eligible family members and non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in the African nation's capital.

Campaigns solve holiday gift quandaries

– Carrie McDonnell, a Democrat who lives in Fort Lauderdale, figured out the perfect holiday gifts for her parents: each will…

Planned Parenthood shooting renews focus on domestic terror

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks officials say he assembled around a car.

Oh, yes she can! Dayton changes rule to allow state worker to volunteer for Red Cross

Dayton's action reverses a decision that kept a state Corrections worker from volunteering for Red Cross disaster relief.

Iowa lawmaker supports executing some felons in US illegally

An Iowa state senator and congressional candidate was criticized by Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday after he said he supports executing immigrant felons who seek to re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported.

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.

Ousted top Chicago police superintendent a cop's cop

Garry McCarthy is a son of a police officer, and followed in his father's footsteps. He did not, however, mirror the path of his predecessors by rising through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department to assume the superintendent position.

Board changes residency rules for legal pot businesses

The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska's recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses.

Divorce granted to Mississippi same-sex couple after appeals

A Mississippi state court has granted the first divorce to a same-sex couple, after appeals and a wait of more than two years.