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Kasich dropping out, leaving Trump with clear path to nomination

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party's nomination.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords presses for gun measures in Minnesota

With time running out in legislative session, hopes dim for changes this year.

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.

Massachusetts paid $687,000 to dead pensioners

Massachusetts has paid out more than $687,000 to deceased pensioners. That's according to an audit released Wednesday that also found the agency had underpaid pensioners whose designated beneficiaries had died by more than $271,000.

Chicago mayor hopes court appeal can save Lucas museum

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a federal appeals court in his increasingly desperate attempt to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum in another city.

Pedicabs may get a boost from bill allowing motors

Pedicab drivers may soon get some help biking up those Minnesota hills.

Philadelphia police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

Philadelphia's police commissioner says he's "not making any judgments" pending an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed driver by an officer during a traffic stop.

Kansas cuts off Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood

Kansas is cutting off Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood's regional affiliate, a health department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday, with the action based largely on allegations against the abortion provider's affiliates in other states.

Story about affair takes Fox News correspondent off air

Fox News Channel's chief White House correspondent, Ed Henry, is "taking some time off" following publication of a magazine story alleging an affair with a Las Vegas woman, the network said Wednesday.

Wisconsin Senate leader calls for uniting behind Trump

The Wisconsin state Senate's top Republican is calling for the party to coalesce around Donald Trump.

FDA advisers reconsider training for painkiller prescribers

Federal health advisers are discussing changes to government programs that were intended to improve the safety of painkillers like OxyContin, but which have had an unclear impact.

Bonding bill battle adds to divides in Minnesota Legislature

There's a partisan battle brewing in the Minnesota Legislature over a public works package.

Minnesota Poll: Most favor Supreme Court nominee, Senate vote

A strong majority of Minnesotans say the U.S. Senate should immediately hold confirmation hearings and vote on Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination.

US Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case

A federal judge says he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.

Rolling Stones ask Trump to stop playing their songs

The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.In a statement Wednesday, the rock…

Tongue-and-cheek effort to impose Viagra wait fails in SC

A South Carolina representative's last-ditch effort to require a 24-hour waiting period for a Viagra prescription in the state has failed.

Religion news in brief

Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fireNEW YORK (AP) — Fire department officials say candles may have caused Sunday's blaze that destroyed a historic…

Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.