Crowded GOP field gives Iowa more heft

First-in-the-nation presidential vote on Feb. 1 will start some serious winnowing

Daudt, other state lawmakers in Turkey as part of U.S. group

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House Speaker Kurt Daudt and two other Minnesota state representatives are in Turkey this week, where international tension is flaring over the country's downing of a Russian warplane.

Judicial panel recommends DHS leader Jesson for Court of Appeals slot

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A state judicial panel has recommended Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and three others to Gov. Mark Dayton as he looks to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Clinton to campaign in Minneapolis on Dec. 15

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will hold a campaign event in Minneapolis on Dec. 15.

Clinton presses Venezuela to uphold will of voters

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Venezuela's voters should have the final say in their country's presidential elections.

Newspaper: California's top oil regulator resigning

California's top oil regulator is resigning after 17 months on the job, a newspaper reports.

US criticizes imprisonment of China media freedom activist

The United States is criticizing China's imprisonment of a media freedom activist who was sentenced to six years after the late addition of charges that his attorneys were not given a chance to defend against.

Capitol Hill Buzz: New Speaker, new facial hair

New House Speaker. New look: facial hair.

Syrian family to settle in New Jersey

A family from Syria prepared to settle in northern New Jersey Monday, two weeks after Gov. Chris Christie told President Barack Obama that the state wouldn't accept any more Syrian refugees.

Rates soar at weekly US Treasury bill auction

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills soared in Monday's auction to their highest levels since March 2009, as investors expect that the Federal Reserve will soon start raising interest rates.

San Francisco Bay weighs tougher air rules for refineries

San Francisco Bay officials are considering what they say are the toughest emission rules in the nation for oil refineries.

Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess

Nervous mayors and county officials are piping up about the Illinois budget crisis, with one city even threatening to turn off the lights at a state garage because of an unpaid electric bill.

Hawaiian election voting extended, pending court decision

The organization guiding a Native Hawaiian election is extending voting by three weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court justice temporarily blocked vote counting.

US court rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal

A federal appeals court has rejected a Virginia death row inmate's appeal of his murder-for-hire conviction.

State Department to release new batch of Clinton emails

The State Department says it will release on Monday approximately 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails, largely sent or received in 2012 or 2013.

Jury picked for cop charged with kicking black man in head

A jury has been selected for the trial of a white police officer in Delaware accused of assaulting a black suspect in 2013 by kicking him in the head.

Rubio: Radical jihadists using refugee crisis as cover

Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that radical jihadists are using the Syrian refugee crisis as cover to send terrorists to the West and that it's impossible for the United States to vet some migrants from the region.

Judge blocks Missouri from pulling clinic's abortion license

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.

Calendars reveal Clinton's availability to supporters

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press.