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Lobbyist at Trump campaign meeting has web of Russian connections

Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant who met last summer with senior Trump campaign officials, is under scrutiny by the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, Tues., Mar. 25, 2003--Trucks line up at the Canadian border near Emerson, Manitoba to cross into the United States at Pembina, N.D. For a time there were 60 trucks in line to cross the border. GENERAL INFORMATION: How does the war with Iraq affect the Minnesota-Canadian border.

It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo.

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape

Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time.

McConnell: 'Zero chance' Congress won't increase debt limit

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is "zero chance" Congress will allow the country to default on its debt by voting to not increase the borrowing limit.

3 Afghan prison workers missing during training in Colorado

Colorado officials say three Afghan prison workers in the United States for training are missing after failing to return from an organized trip.

Slain woman became anti-violence activist after sister died

A woman who was found slain along with her young daughter last week had become an anti-domestic violence activist after her sister was killed four years ago, and authorities allege both women were killed by their boyfriends.

Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice

The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined.

Duluth native still backs Confederate symbols
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A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."

Dems launch political ads against Minnesota reps, others
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched digital ads against U.S. Reps. Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and 23 other GOP lawmakers.

Appeals court revives suit over US military base in Japan

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that seeks to block construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan.

Between cancer treatments, McCain maintains rigorous agenda

Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81.

Judge denies witness chance to view eclipse

A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn't be postponed just because one of the key witnesses — a federal agent — had travel plans to see the solar eclipse.

The Latest: Tillerson talks strategy with regional ministers

The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. policy in Afghanistan (all times local):

Christie calls Trump's Charlottesville comments 'a mistake'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about "both sides" being to blame for a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "a mistake."

Judge shot, wounded near Ohio courthouse; gunman killed

A judge walking from his car into the county courthouse was shot by a gunman Monday morning but managed to fire back before a probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect, authorities said.

The Latest: Chief justice to judges: Be careful after ambush

The Latest on the shooting of a judge outside an Ohio courthouse (all times local):

State Superintendent Evers to run for Wisconsin governor

State schools chief Tony Evers is officially entering the race for Wisconsin governor on Wednesday, the only candidate in a likely crowded Democratic primary who has won a statewide election.

Trump to watch eclipse from White House

President Donald Trump plans to watch the solar eclipse from a White House balcony.

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.