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Wednesday speech could clarify Trump's immigration policy

Audience members listen to introductory speakers before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni's Roast and Ride at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Can Clinton save health overhaul from its mounting problems?

With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment.

US will meet target of 10,000 Syrian refugees today

The White House says the United States on Monday will meet President Barack Obama's goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees during the current fiscal year.

Maine GOP leaders call for closed-door meeting with governor

Republican leaders in Maine are calling for a closed-door meeting with GOP Gov. Paul LePage, who sparked outrage last week by leaving an obscenity-laced voicemail for a Democratic legislator and threatening violence.

Officer shot by deputies in previous standoff found dead

Police say a Maryland police officer who was shot by sheriff's deputies during a standoff this spring has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Government forecast: 600K commercial drones within the year

Federal aviation officials estimate there will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday.

Police: officer, 2nd person in hospital after shots fired

Authorities say a police officer who responded with other officers to a report of shots being fired in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taken to a hospital with one other person.


GOP, Trump campaign try to quell Minnesota ballot panic
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Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.

Outside political group alleges campaign-finance violations by two DFLers
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The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a Republican allied political group, has alleged violations of campaign-finance law by a DFL House candidate and a former DFL state legislator.


Greek clergy seek MN support for Orthodox leader

Gov. Mark Dayton met with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church last Sunday, and it wasn't to share a slice of baklava at the Greek…


Anthony Weiner's Twitter account disappears after another sexting scandal

Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account appears to be deleted after new sexting allegations about Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin’s husband grace the cover of Monday’s


GOP state House candidate to suspend campaign against Ilhan Omar

Abdimalik Askar said he needs to attend to family issues. His name will remain on the ballot.


Emmer embraces Trump as other Republicans are being cautious

The first-term Minnesota congressman is among the few to openly support Trump, highlighting the anxiety many in Congress are feeling.


Riley Horan, 20, hopes to leave mark on politics even if he loses Minnesota legislative race

Riley Horan, who reaches legal drinking age on Oct. 7 and will be on the ballot as a legislative candidate in St. Paul on Nov.…


Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump prepare for Sept. 26 debate

Behind the scenes, Clinton and Trump are preparing for the first of three showdowns, set for Sept. 26.


Donald Trump's doctor explains the letter he wrote in 5 minutes

Donald Trump’s doctor finally spoke out in an interview that aired Friday night. But his comments aren’t likely to end questions about the letter he…


Libertarians fight for a spot on the debate stage

Gary Johnson must meet 15-percent poll threshold.


U.S. is getting ready to make truck, bus drivers slow down

For newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change.


New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.