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Klobuchar, others call for FTC to investigate increases in EpiPen prices

An EpiPen in Ashburn, Va., Aug. 31, 2012. Lawmakers are demanding answers from Mylan, which produces the lifesaving allergy device, on why its cost has increased 400 percent in 2016, since the company acquired the product in 2007.

Amy Klobuchar is among several senators criticizing sharp price rise for product she calls a 'life preserver' for millions.

Obama vows support for Louisiana after the 'cameras leave'

President Barack Obama talks with Jacolson Kelley, 6, as Marlette Sanders watches at left, while touring Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority.

Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana "even after the TV cameras leave" on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to the disaster.

Officials to discuss Washington Monument elevator woes

The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress has scheduled a meeting with National Park Service officials to discuss the frequent breakdowns of the Washington Monument's elevator.

State-by-state look at ACT test-takers and composite score

A state-by-state look at the percent of high school graduates taking the ACT exam and the average composite score, according to the testing company's annual report released Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: Ohio literary peace award to Marilynne Robinson

Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

Trump aides covertly fought freeing of Ukraine prisoner

For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country's then-president. He said the work was sometimes harder than expected.

Foundation donors who met, talked with Clinton

Hillary Clinton met or talked by phone with at least 154 people from private interests, such as corporations, during her time as secretary of the state. More than half those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to specific programs through the charity's international arm.


Police: Officers were not ordered to 'stand down' during Trump protests
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Minneapolis police officials on Monday denied charges that their officers were ordered to "stand down" during protests last week outside a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that produced a few tense moments, but no arrests.

Transparency takes center stage in campaign for White House

  The last time the White House put out a vacancy sign, both major party presidential candidates talked about transparency so much you’d think they…


Donald Trump finds a kindred spirit in Breitbart's Bannon

For one, they both relish conspiracy theories.


Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Company made up debts and then bullied people with phone calls, state says.


Republicans seeks more data from FBI over its inquiry of Clinton e-mails

– House Republicans unwilling to accept the FBI’s decision to not recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail server…


Police: Officers were not ordered to 'stand down' during Trump protests

Minneapolis police officials on Monday denied charges that their officers were ordered to "stand down" during protests last week outside a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that produced a few tense moments, but no arrests.


Speaker Daudt's crash last January reveals spotty driving record

Speaker's driving record includes three speeding tickets, one for texting while driving.


U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger: Not investigating candidate Ilhan Omar

Luger denied a Fox 9 report of immigration investigation.


As Trump supporters make accusations about Clinton's health, neither candidate has much to say

The Republican has made the Democrat's health an issue.


Where they stand: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issues

In their own words, the presidential candidates describe their views on issues ranging from foreign policy to jobs to gay marriage.


Transparency takes center stage in campaign for White House

  The last time the White House put out a vacancy sign, both major party presidential candidates talked about transparency so much you’d think they…


Trump 'wrestling' with stance on deportations

Hard line on immigration cornerstone of campaign.