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Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle

Amazon's campus in Seattle, Wash., photographed from the roof of Amazon's Port 99 building. Real-estate developers from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., are suggesting former shopping malls as prime locations for Amazon's next headquarters. (Jordan Stead/Amazon) ORG XMIT: 1212044

So far, the most valuable incentives package comes from Newark, New Jersey, where state and local officials have teamed up to offer $7 billion in tax breaks. Dayton said the pitch outlines the state's existing incentive programs, which have a $3 million spending cap.

Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

FILE - This Dec. 2015 file photo shows U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu. Watson on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect.

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."

Judge dismisses Russian billionaire's suit against AP

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against The Associated Press by a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Alaska Native leader nominated for Indian Affairs post

Federal officials say Arctic Slope Regional Corp. official Tara Sweeney has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next assistant Indian Affairs secretary.

Families of the fallen, and their presidents

George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Donald Trump.

Kentucky city moving 2 Confederate statues from courthouse

Kentucky's second largest city began moving statutes of two Confederate statues on Tuesday evening after obtaining a legal opinion that a state heritage panel does not have jurisdiction over them.

The Latest: Trump says US should not tear down history

The Latest on President Donald Trump's speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation (all times EDT):


Lawmaker dismayed at decision to shut down 35W this weekend
The Drive

Minnesota House Transportation Finance Chairman Paul Torkelson said he is disappointed the department is carrying on with the closure when as many as 200,000 people could be making their way into downtown Minneapolis.

Rep. Paulsen to friend, housemate Scalise: "Welcome back roomie"
Hot Dish Politics

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen welcomes his friend and housemate back, three months after Rep. Steve Scalise was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice.


Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.


Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families

President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the death of his chief of staff's son in Afghanistan to question whether Barack Obama and other presidents did enough to honor the military dead.


SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

Linda McMahon noted that in recent years women have started most new businesses.


The Latest: White House slams decision to block travel ban

The Latest on a judge in Hawaii blocking the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):


Trump takes tax pitch to conservative think tank

President Donald Trump took his tax sales pitch to a conservative think tank Tuesday evening, arguing his plan would be a boon to the economy, boosting growth and jobs.


Democrats drag bridge scandal into race to succeed Christie

Democrats hoping to win this year's contest to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie dragged the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal into the campaign on Tuesday, with the mayor whose streets were deliberately gridlocked in 2013 taking aim at the administration.


A short-term health deal by senators _ with Trump's blessing

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some conservatives denounced it as an insurance company bailout, making its future uncertain.


Audit: Utah needs $39M to improve venues for new Olympic bid

A foundation that runs venues from the 2002 Winter Olympics in the Salt Lake City area needs $39 million over the next decade for infrastructure improvements that would put the city in position to make a bid for a future Olympics in 2026 or 2030, according to a new state audit made public Tuesday.


Governor says Minnesota will offer modest bid to Amazon

Minnesota is preparing only a modest bid for online retailer Amazon's second headquarters, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday.


Case reveals legal rules of thumb tricky with iPhone sensors

A federal judge in Chicago is the latest to weigh in on still-disputed legal questions about whether law enforcement can order suspects to put their fingers on fingerprint sensors to unlock a smartphone, concluding it's not necessarily a violation of protections against self-incrimination.