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State mental health gets $48M, defying national trend

Legislators stepped up with $48M in new money, yet left out Security Hospital.

Libertarians see opening: 'We have been given gift of Trump and Clinton'

A delegate shared his take at the Libertarian Party national convention in Orlando on Sunday.

Although only the most fanatical party loyalists feel confident about their chances of winning the presidency, many think that Libertarians are poised to win a record number of votes.

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.

Testimony to resume in Alabama House speaker's ethics trial

Testimony is set to resume in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard after the long holiday weekend.


Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive

Poland's justice minister is reviving an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case.


US naval, air maneuvers become 'new normal' in Asia Pacific

American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.


On cutting-edge voter data, Trump critically behind Clinton

Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by months, even years, in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters, data specialists working with the GOP say.


AP-NORC Poll: Voters in 2016 feeling disconnected, helpless

Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election.


AP-NORC poll: Americans want nomination system changed

Bernie Sanders' pitch for changing the way presidential candidates are chosen appears to have broad public support.


From Ike to Obama, CIA has briefed presidential candidates

After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.


A look at intelligence briefings for presidential candidates

President Harry S. Truman, who became president on April 12, 1945, upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, didn't learn about the Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb until his 12th day in office. Vowing never to leave another president uninformed, Truman began the practice of giving presidential nominees intelligence briefings to prepare them for the demands of the job. A look at how some of them went:


Inside the origins of Trump's high-octane Twitter account

Peter Costanzo is the man who helped turn Donald Trump into @RealDonaldTrump.


Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst

"Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill."


Chest protectors guard against deadly blows to chest

Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived, thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.


Trump fosters rivalries as in 'Celebrity Apprentice'

When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.


AP FACT CHECK: Some Clinton email misstatements

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.


Hearing to focus on Arizona sheriff's contempt violations

A federal judge will hold a hearing Tuesday to examine ways to address the Maricopa County sheriff's contempt-of-court violations in a racial profiling case.


Animal rights activists disrupt Sanders rally in Oakland

A group of animal rights activists briefly interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally in Northern California when they jumped barricades and tried to rush the podium.