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Legislative auditor: U should consider limiting regents' friends, family at TCF Bank Stadium suite

A suite reserved for the Board of Regents and the school president is often occupied by their friends and family.

Policy is that "strategic guests are supplemented with family and friends, who are always welcome in the suite," a new report notes.

Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military

President Donald Trump speaks about health care Monday in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.

President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump's "guidance." His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw currently serving transgender soldiers into limbo.

Troubled trucking firm faces scrutiny after Texas deaths

A trucking company linked to a recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had long promoted itself as a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running.

GOP's repeal of insurance mandate could backfire

Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's highly unpopular penalty for not having health insurance could backfire on Republicans, prompting significant premium increases if it were actually to pass.

Senate panel moves bill to deter foreign meddling in US

The Senate is moving forward with legislation to combat cyberattacks and deter foreign interference amid an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Psychologists not liable for CIA interrogations, lawyers say

The two psychologists who helped craft the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror should be as free from liability as a worker for a company that supplied the Nazis with poison gas used in concentration camps, defense lawyers said in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from former detainees.

The Latest: California court bolsters bullet train opponents

The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling with implications for the state's high-speed rail project (all times local):

Thousands of unexploded bombs are another "secret war" legacy
Secrecy Rules

The landscape of Laos was sown with cluster bombs that continue to maim and kill, more than 40 years later.

Paulsen raised $565K in second quarter
Hot Dish Politics

Paulsen's newly Democratic challenger raised nearly as much in half the time this spring.

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Unmoved by President Donald Trump's proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they'll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them.

Border adjustment tax dropped from GOP budget plans

The proposed tax was criticized by Target CEO Brian Cornell as 'an unproven and untested theory.'

Sessions tells AP he's not stepping down unless asked

After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve.

Report: Interior chief warns Alaska senators on health care

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Alaska's two Republican senators to warn them of repercussions for the nation's largest state if they failed to toe the Trump administration line on health care, according to a published report.

Trump honors 1st responders of congressional baseball attack

President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Valor on Thursday to five of the first responders who were injured in a shooting on a congressional baseball practice last month that critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise.

Trump choice for Fed board says he likes rule change ideas

Randal Quarles, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, says he likes a predecessor's ideas for where regulators should prune banking rules.

Apparent mocking email surfaces ahead of bank fraud trial

An email between Wilmington Trust executives sent amid the Great Recession appears to mock the gravity of accusations against the now-defunct bank.

S. Carolina's Sanford urges FCC to combat prison cellphones

A former South Carolina governor now in Congress wants federal communications officials to help combat the danger of cellphones in the hands of prison inmates, asking Thursday that states be allowed to use technology to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates behind bars.

Judges: Is North Carolina is serious about fixing districts?

Two federal judges said Thursday they are concerned that North Carolina legislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election maps since they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don't appear to be taking their duty seriously.

96-year-old vet gets his wish of visiting US Navy station

A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his more than 20-year naval career got his wish on Thursday.