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Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

U.S., Japan postpone talks on Tokyo airport access

Delta, Minnesota leaders have said the plan could threaten MSP-Tokyo route.

Republican Chad Anderson beats Andrew Carlson in special House race

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Republican Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Carlson in a special House election in Bloomington Tuesday.

Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

Michael Brodkorb

John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.

Kaesong industrial park is rare inter-Korean joint venture

South Korea said Wednesday it is suspending operations at the Kaesong industrial park, an experiment in cross-border cooperation with North Korea, to protest the North's…


Court: No new trial after judge mistakenly declares mistrial

A woman pleaded with the Georgia Supreme Court not to let the man accused of killing her mother go free because of a judge's mistake before a jury can weigh his guilt or innocence.


Judge declines to dismiss St. Paul skyway arrest lawsuit

A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit from a man arrested by police who used a stun gun against him in St. Paul's skyway system in 2014.


Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah

International debate over whether to tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made of only men.


In Illinois, Obama to plead for a unity that's eluded him

Nine years ago to the day, Barack Obama stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president, declaring that "the ways of Washington must change." On Wednesday, Obama returns to the Illinois capital at the twilight of his political career, pleading once again for the type of national unity that has eluded him as president.


Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions

The Senate is considering hitting North Korea with more stringent sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's satellite launch and technical advances that U.S. intelligence agencies say the reclusive Asian nation is making in its nuclear weapons program.


Parole hearing set for Robert Kennedy killer Sirhan Sirhan

For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn't remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.


Viewer's Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire

New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary left some GOP candidates with a hard-knocks hangover and others just happy to still be alive.


New Hampshire Takeaways: Donald Trump proves he's a winner

New Hampshire voters have made their picks: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. They are choices with implications for next-to-vote South Carolina, Nevada and beyond in the 2016 race for president.


AP News Guide: A big validation for Sanders, Trump

It's getting harder to shake off Donald Trump as just a hot-air balloon and Bernie Sanders as a pie-in-the-sky political revolutionary.


Analysis: Trump proves GOP establishment can't stop him

The current and former chiefs of the state Republican Party condemned him. New Hampshire's only two Republican members of Congress refused to endorse him. The conservative owner of the state's largest newspaper called him "a con man" on the front page.


For Donald Trump, for one night, there was so much winning.

For Donald Trump, for one night, there was so much winning.


Ferguson asks for changes to reform deal, drawing criticism

The Ferguson City Council has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for seven changes to a deal to reform the city's courts and policing systems, a move that drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents.


Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.


Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is set to propose spending hundreds of millions more to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state.