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Jim Bunning, tough pitcher, hard-nosed senator, dies at 85

Jim Bunning was an intimidating figure as a major league pitcher and was just as hard-nosed and uncompromising as a U.S. senator.

Dems try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House.

Police: Son kills father, self in front of wife, mother

Authorities say a mentally ill man fatally shot his father and then killed himself in front of his wife and mother in North Carolina before police could intervene.

The Latest: Trump considering a White House staff overhaul

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Baltimore mayor exploring removal of Confederate statues

Baltimore's mayor says she wants to explore removing the city's Confederate monuments, "following in the footsteps of New Orleans."

Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up

Texas' legislative session was winding down Sunday, with an all-but dead "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people caught in a clash between mainstream Republicans and the most conservative wing of the party that dominates politics in the nation's second-largest state.

Judge dismisses 25 lawsuits over 2015 Metro smoke incident

A federal judge has dismissed more than two dozen lawsuits against Metro and the District of Columbia over an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke.

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Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks
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While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.

Minnesota resorts scrambling for summer help have extra hurdle

Tourism-based businesses across Minnesota are short on workers. It's likely to be an annual struggle, but a policy change on worker visas especially hurt this year.

Muslims thankful for support after rant, deadly attack

Muslims in Portland, Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant.

Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'

Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked.

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

The Latest: DHS sec'y 'wouldn't criticize' Russia channels

The Latest on developments involving possible connections between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign (all times local):

'Mad Dog' Mattis sleeps well, keeps others awake

Watch out for the "Mad Dog" when the sun goes down.

Authorities: Pedestrian hit, killed by police cruiser

Authorities in Massachusetts say a police cruiser hit and killed a pedestrian overnight on Cape Cod.

Modern-day revolution celebrated in Philadelphia street art

Seeking to appeal to visitors more familiar with the words of "Game of Thrones" heroine Daenarys Targaryen than the writings of James Wilson, Philadelphia museums and historic sites are thinking differently, using creative art exhibitions and adding online components to their offerings.

Services set in Kentucky for ex-pitcher, US Sen. Jim Bunning

Services are set in Kentucky this week for former U.S. Sen. and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

New York senators' scandal highlights vast stipend system

Lawmakers in many states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. Extra work, the thinking goes, should equal extra pay.