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After long fight, Senate finally OKs ambassadors to Sweden, Norway

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Sweden, Norway ambassadors finally confirmed by U.S. Senate

In debate, Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money and Obama

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters.

Clinton, Sanders to swing through Twin Cities today

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The Democratic presidential contenders visit at a time when both campaigns are ramping up Minnesota organizing as their contest intensifies nationally.

Bernie Sanders to appear in north Minneapolis

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Hundreds of people are crowding into the gym at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis, some wearing t-shirts for Bernie Sanders and others still undecided about whether to support the Democratic presidential candidate set to take the stage soon.

Budget commissioner seeks timely audit plan to avoid risking federal funds

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Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said he is concerned a review by legislative auditor's office may lead to missing a critical financial reporting deadline.

US senator calls for backup proof when gas leak sealed

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants independent confirmation when a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles is permanently sealed.


AP PHOTOS: A collection of photos from campaign 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders snagged their first win each in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday as early voting in the race for the White House rolled into its second week.


Senate committee advances ban on county executives

A Senate committee has advanced a bill that would ban county executives from serving concurrently in the Wisconsin Legislature.


The Latest: Email says shift to Flint River made too quickly

The latest on efforts being made amid the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):


Elections board predicts 10 percent turnout Tuesday

Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board is predicting about 10 percent of eligible voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the spring primary election.


Minneapolis sick-leave supporters meet with U.S. Sen. Al Franken

Franken says efforts to pass sick-leave ordinances in the Twin Cities are helping the push for federal laws.


Activists say officer's shooting conviction no bellwether

Police-reform activists, who have come to expect disappointment any time an officer is accused in a killing, expressed surprise Friday over the conviction of a patrolman who shot an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell but said they don't necessarily see the case as a turning point in the national debate over police accountability.


The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal

The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):


Judge weighs bid to block Indiana's Syrian refugee order

A judge considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana appeared skeptical Friday, peppering the state's lawyer with questions about whether the directive was achieving its stated goal of protecting the state's security.


Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.


Former Virginia Gov. Gilmore ends bid for the White House

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is dropping out of the race for the White House.


GOP's Cotton holds up juvenile justice reforms

A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of freshman Republican Tom Cotton.


Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

Ferguson's mayor says city leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of Ferguson's courts and police.


Angle mulls US Senate bid; testing waters for money, support

Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat.


Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow.