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Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

U.S., Japan postpone talks on Tokyo airport access

Delta, Minnesota leaders have said the plan could threaten MSP-Tokyo route.

Republican Chad Anderson beats Andrew Carlson in special House race

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Republican Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Carlson in a special House election in Bloomington Tuesday.

Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

Michael Brodkorb

John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.

Lawmakers to vote on WIAA open records laws

An Assembly committee is slated to vote Wednesday on a bill that would subject Wisconsin's high school athletics association to open records and meetings laws.


Panel to consider $15.7 million for mental health institutes

The Legislature's budget committee is set to consider state health officials' request to spend more on Wisconsin's mental health institutes.


Atlanta airport adds private pods for breast-feeding mothers

Authorities at the world's busiest airport say four lactation pods are now available for nursing mothers as they travel.


Clinton allies forming group to protect, register voters

Allies of Hillary Clinton are forming a new $25 million political organization aimed at expanding voter protection efforts and driving turnout and registration among Latino and black voters essential to her Democratic presidential campaign.


Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies

Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process.


US says Russian campaign in Syria helping the Islamic State

The U.S. says Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State.


Senate committee backs nominee for OPM director after breach

A Senate committee is backing President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management.


Resolution to commemorate man killed by police withdrawn

A Madison City Council member has withdrawn her resolution commemorating the teenager shot and killed by a police officer.


Chancellor: Cash-strapped UC Berkeley faces tough decisions

The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it hopes to sustain its national standing as a premier public institution, the school's chancellor warned Wednesday.


California court throws out caddie lawsuit against PGA Tour

Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards.


Latest: Democrats: White House signals support for Flint aid

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):


Powerful California coastal panel weighs leadership shake-up

The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline could oust its top executive Wednesday in what has emerged as a showdown between environmentalists and business groups.


Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

Donald Trump's first place finish among the GOP candidates in the New Hampshire primaries was greeted by a mock online documentary of the brash businessman starring a furiously wigged Johnny Depp.


Latest: Ex-DOJ official says Ferguson could face lawsuit

The latest on efforts by Ferguson to reach a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police and court practices in the St. Louis suburb (all times local):


US stocks move higher as Fed's Yellen signals caution

Investors welcomed the latest signals from the Federal Reserve on interest rates, sending U.S. stocks higher in midday trading Wednesday. In her semiannual report to…