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Weinstein's bad money put to good use by Minn. charity

In this 2015 photo, a group of women held hands during a healing session at the Minnesota Indian Women's Center in Minneapolis.

For Sen. Al Franken, donations from the recently disgraced Hollywood producer were a political liability. For the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, where Franken's campaign redirected the money, that means hot food and warm socks for women in need in Minneapolis.

Trump and McConnell are 'closer than ever before'

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke collegially with reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday.

They're working together on tax reform, health care.

Jury to deliberate in case of Liberian accused of war crimes

Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of a Liberian man accused of committing war crimes and then lying about his past to enter the U.S.

The Latest: Senator says deal set on insurers' cost-sharing

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Appeals court tosses hedge fund owner's claims against FBI

A federal appeals court in New York City has rejected a hedge fund owner's claims that the FBI unjustly ruined his business with a raid.

White House says Fed search down to 5 finalists

A White House official says President Donald Trump has narrowed his search for the next Federal Reserve chairman to five final candidates. A decision is expected before the president begins a trip to Asia on Nov. 3.

Trump's wealth, ranking fall in latest Forbes 400 list

President Donald Trump's ranking in the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans has dropped, as the magazine said the value of some of his Manhattan real estate holdings has declined recently.


Lawmaker dismayed at decision to shut down 35W this weekend
The Drive

Minnesota House Transportation Finance Chairman Paul Torkelson said he is disappointed the department is carrying on with the closure when as many as 200,000 people could be making their way into downtown Minneapolis.

Rep. Paulsen to friend, housemate Scalise: "Welcome back roomie"
Hot Dish Politics

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen welcomes his friend and housemate back, three months after Rep. Steve Scalise was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice.


Court rules school board, coach not liable for fatal hijinks

A former football player in North Carolina who watched his high school buddy crushed to death can't sue the coach and school district for negligence that he says caused him severe emotional pain, a state appeals court decided Tuesday.


Sen. John McCain blasts 'half-baked, spurious nationalism'

Arizona Senator John McCain called isolationist politics 'half-baked, spurious nationalism,' and said abandoning America's role as a world leader would be 'unpatriotic.' McCain was honored with the National Constitution Center Liberty Medal.


McCain condemns 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' in speech

U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America's role as an international leader is "unpatriotic."


Trump warns 'I fight back' after McCain hits foreign policy

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John McCain that "I fight back" after McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy.


The Latest: Trump says US stands with Greece as it recovers

The Latest on the Greek prime minister's White House visit (all times local):


Oklahoma board considers reducing legislator pay, benefits

A committee created to decide whether to give Oklahoma lawmakers a pay raise decided instead Tuesday to consider reducing the salary and benefits for the state's 149 legislators.


NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver

The pilot in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history was likely impaired by opioids and sedatives when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday.


Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.


The Latest: Anti-abortion bill pits UW against GOP

The Latest on bill banning University of Wisconsin employees from working at Planned Parenthood (all times local):


Dems slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oil

Democrats and environmental groups on Tuesday denounced a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it would defile a crown jewel of U.S. wilderness to promote oil exports to China and other nations.