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Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention

Stephen Miller, left, a campaign aide, covers the microphone while Donald Trump's campaign strategist Paul Manafort checks the telepromter before Trump spoke at the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York, June 22, 2016.

Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination.

Citizenship applications are up amid anti-immigrant rhetoric

Koss Elmi, center, posed with her mom Bilad Ibrahim, left, and Aunt Habiba Farah after she became a U.S. citizen.

Activists point to a range of reasons for the increase, from last year's White House initiative promoting naturalization to the anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail this year.

Stung by defeats, Democrats shift strategy on gun control

This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree,D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The party is bringing its case to the people, with leaders urging members to conduct sit-ins around the country as they try to sustain the flash of activism on the gun issue.

The Latest: Police leaders look for improvements after clash

The Latest on the police response to violence between two groups during a confrontation at California's state Capitol (all times local):

Judge approves settlement in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

A judge has approved a settlement that will put "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain.

The Latest: Oakland council hearing over coal underway

The Latest on a plan to ship coal through Oakland (all times local):

Judge OKs class action for children in deportation hearings

A federal judge has approved class-action status for a lawsuit over whether poor children are entitled to lawyers during deportation hearings.


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EMILY'S List endorses Terri Bonoff in race against Rep. Erik Paulsen

EMILY's List, a potent national fundraiser for women candidates who favor abortion rights, is endorsing state Sen. Terri Bonoff as she tries to unseat Rep. Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District.

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Peterson will support GMO labeling bill if it passes the Senate

Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.


Trump's failed Baja resort fits pattern in candidate's business record

Trump Ocean Resort brought in $32.5 million in buyer deposits, all of it spent by the time Trump and his partners abandoned the project in early 2009 as the global economy was reeling. Most of the buyers sued them for fraud; 250 lost their deposits.


Court changes legal landscape for clinics in dozens of states

Analysis: State laws imposing clinic regulations have been a potent tool of abortion foes.


Abortion laws — state by state

State by stateTexas is among 10 states with similar admitting-privileges requirements, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. The requirement is in effect in most…


Supreme Court throws out Texas abortion law

The justices ruled 5 to 3 in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.


Va. case may limit political prosecution

Analysis: McDonnell bribery ruling will make it more difficult to bring public corruption cases.


EMILY'S List endorses Terri Bonoff in race against Rep. Erik Paulsen

EMILY's List, a potent national fundraiser for women candidates who favor abortion rights, is endorsing state Sen. Terri Bonoff as she tries to unseat Rep. Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District.


Clinton nabs double-digit lead over Trump in new national poll

The survey finds sweeping unease with the presumptive Republican nominee's candidacy — from his incendiary rhetoric to his handling of terrorism and his own business.


Minnesota courts cyberattack underscores growing threat

A recent cyberattack on the Minnesota Judicial Branch's website underscored a growing threat that state officials warn will become more difficult to combat without additional…


A look at the lives of child caretakers

Each day, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children across Minnesota provide care to someone in their family who is physically or mentally disabled and is too debilitated to care for themselves. While their friends and classmates indulge in sports and play, these young carers hurry home to perform a dizzying array of chores, and to help their sick or disabled relatives bathe, eat, dress and take their medications.


Clinton content to let Trump dominate news

He wins news cycles, but the result may drive his negatives in polling.