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Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

As part of a larger tax measure, legislators gave smokers a tax break. Now it's up to Gov. Mark Dayton to decide whether to veto it. In this photo, Rep. Greg Davids speaks in the House chamber.

In its final hours, the Legislature approved a tax bill that repealed an automatic yearly increase in the tobacco tax. The measure is now sitting on the governor's desk.

Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, stands with some of the 22 delegates from North Dakota to the Republican National Convention, who are the core of delegates that elevated Trump over the 1237 needed for the GOP's presidential nomination, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D.

Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election with his likely Democratic opponent locked in a divisive primary contest.

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.

Agency probes arrest of husband of Chattanooga mayor's aide

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing the domestic violence arrest involving the husband of a top aide to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.


Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.


Kansas Supreme Court: Legislature not fully funding schools

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday rejected some education funding changes enacted by the Legislature earlier this year and threatened to order the state's public schools closed if lawmakers don't act by June 30.


UNC system says it won't enforce transgender restroom rules

The University of North Carolina system told a federal court Friday that it won't enforce a law requiring transgender students to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.


Report: Colorado prison chief's killing was gang hit

Newly released documents show authorities believe the killing of Colorado's prisons chief was ordered by members of a white supremacist prison gang.


Questions and answers about American troops in Syria

At least 200 U.S. special operations troops are in Syria advising the Syrian Democratic Forces in their effort to retake the city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group.


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Tennessee sheriff faces public corruption charges

A Tennessee sheriff is facing public corruption charges after being named in a 14-count indictment that accuses him and others of benefiting from a scheme to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates in the jail he oversees.


DMC: Commissioner should apologize for harsh words about rap

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels says the New York police commissioner's recent comments — where he labeled rappers as thugs following a shooting at a hip-hop concert — is disrespectful and that the commissioner should apologize to rappers like Chuck D, Will Smith and Kendrick Lamar — performers whose songs do not promote violence and negative images.


Pentagon brass seek to mollify Guantanamo judge in 9/11 case

Two top officials at the Pentagon issued a conciliatory response Friday to the military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay who had faulted both men in a ruling last month for publicly criticizing a temporary ban he issued on the use of female guards to transport the defendants.


Appeals court allows enforcement of DC gun law for now

A federal appeals court says the District of Columbia can temporarily continue to enforce its strict gun law, despite a lower court ruling that part of the law is unconstitutional.


Trump says he no longer wants to debate Sanders

Republican Donald Trump says he's not interested in debating Democrat Bernie Sanders after all.


Kentucky governor says he will join transgender lawsuit

Kentucky's Republican governor said Friday that he will join a lawsuit challenging a federal order to allow students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, jumping ahead of the state's Democratic attorney general and underscoring how the issue is driving a wedge between politicians in several states.


Walker releases 82 pages of records following court order

Gov. Scott Walker released 82 pages of records he wanted to keep secret after a judge ordered them to be made public Friday.


Illinois budget chief: 2nd year without deal 'devastating'

Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget chief warned Friday of "devastating" consequences if Illinois lawmakers don't agree on a spending plan for another year, even as negotiations between the Republican governor and Democrats who lead the Legislature appear to go nowhere.