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Trump strains to unite GOP, with Paul Ryan's wavering

Donald Trump is struggling in his efforts to unify the Republican Party, a task underscored by a startling exchange of negative comments with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who said he was not ready to support Trump.

Carson says he's 'very disappointed' with Ryan's stance

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he was "personally very disappointed" to hear House Speaker Paul Ryan withhold his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

Paulsen donates Hastert contribution to domestic violence prevention

Michael Brodkorb

Congressman Erik Paulsen has donated the contribution his campaign received from a political action committee of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to a domestic violence prevention organization.

Senate DFLers propose borrowing $1.5B for improvement projects

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Senate DFL leaders want to borrowing nearly $1.5 billion to fund a so-called jobs bill that will fund capital improvement projects across Minnesota.

The Latest: Trump says Britain 'better off without' EU

The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

Egypt official blames 'Tom and Jerry' for spreading violence

An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated "Tom and Jerry" series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence.

Top 10 baby names of 2015

The top 10 baby names of 2015:___Girls1. Emma2. Olivia3. Sophia4. Ava5. Isabella6. Mia7. Abigail8. Emily9. Charlotte10. Harper___Boys1. Noah2. Liam3. Mason4. Jacob5. William6. Ethan7. James8. Alexander9.…

Emma and Noah continue to be tops for baby names

It's the second year in a row that Emma and Noah top their respective lists. Completely missing from the top 1,000 names is the girl's name Isis.

Man carrying AK-47 sues St. Cloud over arrest; says he had permit to carry

A man arrested in St. Cloud for openly carrying an assault rifle is suing the city, claiming his constitutional rights were violated.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

US military supporting Yemen in fight against al-Qaida

The Pentagon is providing military support, intelligence, ships and special operations forces to help in the ongoing operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Obama administration proposes rules aimed at tax evasion

The Obama administration has announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclose more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers.

Trump says he was surprised by Paul Ryan's rebuff

Donald Trump said Friday he was surprised by House Speaker Paul Ryan's rebuff of him as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

LGBT community braces for impact of new counseling law

Roddy Biggs was 13 and depressed, and had been seeing a therapist for six months before he revealed something he had denied even to himself: He was gay.

AP Analysis: For Republicans fearing Trump, Ryan offers out

Within the span of a single hour, Donald Trump gave Republicans wary of his presidential nomination yet another reason to worry — and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to give them a way out.

Democratic advertising blitz awaits GOP's Trump

Long before Donald Trump swatted away his Republican presidential rivals, his likely Democratic opponent and her allies began laying traps for him.

Judge to consider timing of Trump University trial

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has said he wanted a trial by the middle of this year in a federal class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump by students of Trump University who say they were defrauded. That was before the real estate mogul appeared headed for the Republican presidential nomination.

Kerry to address 25,000 at Northeastern graduation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Northeastern University.

In Trump's rise, allies see harsher American approach to foreign policy

Whether or not he wins, leaders wary of a shift in American foreign policy.