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State Dept. audit fault Hillary Clinton on her e-mail handling

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton said she would be happy to "talk to anybody, anytime" about the handling of her official emails as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."

Sen. Warren: Trump is a 'small, insecure moneygrubber'

In this photo taken Oct. 6, 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren has taken to Twitter again to bash Donald Trump, the latest in a series of Internet "tweetstorms" calling Trump on the carpet for his treatment of women and his insults toward her.

More shots have been fired in the war of words between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump.

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.

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sends stern letter to Perpich Center for Arts Education

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Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sent a letter to the executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, urging her to hand over information his office is seeking, or face sanction.

The Latest: Groups oppose GOP convention protest area

The Latest on the designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention (all times local):


Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally

A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials concluded that the mayhem had less to do with political protest than with an unruly group determined to use the event to sow disorder.


Feds blame death of Yuma Marine on pilot, service mistakes

Federal investigators are blaming the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the pilot and operator of a privately-owned military jet for the death of a Marine killed last year when the jet crashed into his truck while taking off from a base in Arizona.


Real estate world aflutter as Obama looks for his next home

Real estate circles buzzed Wednesday over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington's poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January.


Feds spend billions to run museum-ready computer systems

The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.


Illinois House speaker again defies governor on budget

Illinois' Democratic House speaker is proceeding with his own budget for the next year in defiance of pro-business legislation sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, escalating a dispute that has left the state without a budget for 11 months.


Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood groups to merge

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced plans Wednesday to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July and open a new Oklahoma City clinic, even as political leaders in the three states seek to cut off Medicaid funding.


Challenge to 2012 Georgia 20-week abortion ban revived

A 2012 Georgia law banning abortions after 20 weeks quietly took effect nearly six months ago with no fanfare or resistance — until lawyers for three obstetricians who had challenged the measure realized what had happened.


Feds question Alabama governor's ex-law enforcement chief

The former law enforcement chief who accused Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley of having an affair with an adviser has been questioned by federal investigators about the governor's administration, the official's attorney said Wednesday.


Without state funds, Southwest light rail line's future is in doubt

So far, $130 million has already been spent on the line linking Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.


Chief Justice John Roberts speaks on diversity, consensus

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that building a consensus among the justices is important, although he admits he can't do it on his own.


US Sen. Richard Burr mum after saying LGBT law went too far

North Carolina's senior senator is staying mum about his comments that a new state law limiting some legal protections for LGBT people and directing which bathrooms transgender people could use "was far too expansive."


Land O' Lakes gives boost to Minnesota water quality effort

Company will help bring more farmers into Agriculture Water Certification Program.


Feds say Turkish celebrity who faces prison is a flight risk

A Turkish celebrity who lived the high life as he enabled Iran to overcome U.S. sanctions and deceive the United States and the international banking system for years is a flight risk and shouldn't get bail, prosecutors said Wednesday.


A new normal? Legislature's last-minute chaos falls short

Minnesota lawmakers are honing their recipe for closing out a legislative session: Start with hours upon hours of private meetings, easy on the details of millions of dollars in spending, then throw it all together for a quick vote in the final minutes. Add in some blaming, a pinch of yelling and you're done — just be sure to leave some bills sitting out on the table unfinished..