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Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

As part of a larger tax measure, legislators gave smokers a tax break. Now it's up to Gov. Mark Dayton to decide whether to veto it. In this photo, Rep. Greg Davids speaks in the House chamber.

In its final hours, the Legislature approved a tax bill that repealed an automatic yearly increase in the tobacco tax. The measure is now sitting on the governor's desk.

Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, stands with some of the 22 delegates from North Dakota to the Republican National Convention, who are the core of delegates that elevated Trump over the 1237 needed for the GOP's presidential nomination, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D.

Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election with his likely Democratic opponent locked in a divisive primary contest.

Gov. Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff for Memorial Day

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Flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff through Monday.

House GOP leaders press for special session at Hwy. 12 in Maple Plain

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Legislative leaders are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to approve a public-works bill.

Governor signs financial rescue package for Atlantic City

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash.


NY Democrat: Trump should return money to 9/11 recovery fund

A Democratic New York congressman says Donald Trump is "a small man" for accepting $150,000 from a federal fund for small businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks. Congressman Jerrold Nadler says Trump should return the money.


A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:


Minneapolis approves mandatory paid sick leave ordinance

Thousands of people who work in Minneapolis will gain eligibility for paid sick time starting next summer.


Trump vows to solve California's water crisis

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring that: "There is no drought."


Education Department replaces career college chain monitor

The Education Department has appointed a new law firm to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc.


Parents of woman killed in San Francisco sues city, feds

The parents of a woman killed on a San Francisco pier by a man in the country illegally is suing the city and two federal agencies that they say contributed to her death.


Police department won't send officers to RNC, cites concerns

A North Carolina police department has rescinded its offer to send 50 police officers to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland citing concerns about insurance coverage and the city's level of preparedness.


Judge in New Orleans jail case criticizes communication gaps

The judge overseeing a hearing on whether the New Orleans sheriff should be stripped of control of the city's jail has criticized the lack of communication between various government agencies.


Alabama Supreme Court annuls its ruling on lesbian adoption

The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple's adoption that was carried out in another state.


40 years for Vietnamese man accused in plot to bomb Heathrow

A Vietnamese man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by a judge who said she believed he plotted to carry out a suicide bombing at London's Heathrow Airport.


Delegate Update: The latest count in the Democratic race

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. Here is where the race for those delegates stands, based on an Associated Press…


AP FACT CHECK: Clinton misstates key facts in email episode

Over the months, Hillary Clinton misstated key facts about her use of private email and her own server for her work as secretary of state, the department's inspector general reported this week.


US orders troops in Syria to remove Kurdish insignia

American special operations troops were not authorized to wear the patches of Kurdish forces while advising them in Syria and have been told to remove them, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Friday, after Turkish leaders protested.