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State Dept. audit faults Hillary Clinton's handling of email

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton said she would be happy to "talk to anybody, anytime" about the handling of her official emails as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."

TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

Peter Neffenger, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, testifies about the agency’s screening procedures at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, May 25, 2016. (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday.

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.

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sends stern letter to Perpich Center for Arts Education

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Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sent a letter to the executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, urging her to hand over information his office is seeking, or face sanction.

Medical marijuana legalization edges closer to law in Ohio

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio narrowly cleared the state Senate Wednesday over the opposition of some Republicans and Democrats, edging the bill toward almost certain passage by the end of the night.


Hunting trip shooting prompts Portland chief's removal

Portland's police chief was placed on paid administrative leave this week after revelations he may have initially lied to authorities about shooting a friend in the lower back during an April 21 hunting trip in eastern Oregon.


Man sentenced for killing, dismembering girlfriend in Panama

A California man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for killing his girlfriend in Panama, dismembering her body with a machete and disposing of her remains in the jungle.


Baltimore officers charged in prisoner death sue state

Two Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges in the death of a young black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van have sued the city's top prosecutor and an official in the sheriff's office for defamation.


Man charged with posing as football player to extort woman

A Tennessee man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to extort a woman by posing as a University of Tennessee football player on Snapchat.


United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary Clinton

The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.


Elizabeth Warren emerges as potent Clinton ally, Trump foil

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is grabbing center stage in the 2016 presidential race as Donald Trump's most effective antagonist and Sen. Bernie Sanders' top rival for the affections of progressive voters. The combination could make Warren an indispensable ally to Hillary Clinton, in the process elevating her own stature and allowing her to draw attention to the issues she cares about most.


11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.


The Latest: Groups oppose GOP convention protest area

The Latest on the designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention (all times local):


Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally

A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.


Feds blame pilot error, lack of oversight in Marine's death

Federal investigators blame the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the pilot and operator of a privately-owned military jet for the death of a Marine killed last year when the jet crashed into his truck in Arizona.


Real estate world aflutter as Obama looks for his next home

Real estate circles buzzed Wednesday over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington's poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January.


Feds spend billions to run museum-ready computer systems

The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.


Illinois House speaker again defies governor on budget

Illinois' Democratic House speaker is proceeding with his own budget for the next year in defiance of pro-business legislation sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, escalating a dispute that has left the state without a spending plan for 11 months.


Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood groups to merge

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced plans Wednesday to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July and open a new Oklahoma City clinic, even as political leaders in the three states seek to cut off Medicaid funding.