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Top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, speaks to reporters during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 20, 2016. American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials discussed how to exert influence over Trump, primarily through Manafort and Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported on May 24, 2017.

U.S. spies collected information last summer revealing that it was the topic of discussion among senior Russian intelligence and political officials.

Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

Rosemount football coach Jeff Erdmann said that he realized “working Americans like myself need to run for office.”

Football leader is running as a DFLer, hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis.

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

House Republicans stuck with their candidate in Montana's special House race Thursday even though he was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground.

Some 'Silent Service' vets cringe at Trump's sub disclosure

Some veterans of the Navy's "Silent Service" are cringing at news that President Donald Trump disclosed the whereabouts of two submarines that are part of an undersea force that prides itself on stealth.

As Clinton emerges from the woods, what will her role be?

and once again, she's at a crossroads in her life.

Backers of pot legalization hope for compromise in Vermont

Supporters of marijuana legalization are disappointed that Vermont's governor vetoed a bill to legalize it in the state but are hopeful that a compromise can be reached in the Legislature next month.

House Speaker: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline

House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations.

Morning Hot Dish: Labor's revenge
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Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks
The United Beat

While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.

The Latest: Alabama high court refuses to block execution

The Latest on the scheduled execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):

House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the violence against peaceful protesters by bodyguards for Turkey's president was "completely indefensible," as members of Congress pressed the Trump administration for a more forceful U.S. response.

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.

The Latest: Minnesota legislators reconvene special session

The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature's special session (all times local):

Attorney general warns gang members: 'We're targeting you'

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning Thursday to gang members in Tennessee and around the country, saying their criminal networks will be devastated as police and prosecutors take a stronger stance on fighting violent crime.

APNewsBreak: NYC police watchdog was rebuked for work jokes

New York's newly named top investigator of police misconduct was himself the subject of workplace complaints, accused among other things of making an inappropriate joke about a colleague's backside and referring to an area where Hispanic employees sit as "el Barrio," according to a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press.

Caroline Kennedy says she's missed JFK every day of her life

President John F. Kennedy's daughter reminisces about her father in a new video released ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Government finds $6 billion in improper student aid payments

Members of Congress are criticizing the Education Department over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of the federal student aid programs.

GOP congressional candidate charged with assaulting reporter in Montana

The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana's sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.