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Rise of Trump tracks growing debate over global fascism

Associations: Donald Trump has been likened to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Supporters say the comparisons are politically motivated smear tactics, but critics warn of the potential rise of fascism in the U.S.

Trump's campaign has prompted critics to look at past, envision future

Now, political world shifts attention to the running mate choices

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, and former Arizona governor Jan Brewer, center, greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Ariz., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Brewer has been mentioned as a possible Trump running mate.

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton is the almost-presumptive nominee, attention is shifting to their choices for…

Gov. Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff for Memorial Day

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Flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff through Monday.

House GOP leaders press for special session at Hwy. 12 in Maple Plain

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Legislative leaders are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to approve a public-works bill.

Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit

A federal judge is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Sizing up the standstill left by the 2016 Minn. Legislature

The implosion of the 11-week legislative session without an agreement on the biggest issues is already becoming a theme in the upcoming election.

Sanders fails to oust Clinton backers from convention roles

Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention.

Obamas take a night out at Mexican restaurant in Washington

It's date night for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

California US Senate choice could come down to 2 Democrats

California Attorney General Kamala Harris would love to deliver an election-day surprise by ousting her strongest rival and fellow Democrat, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, from the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Trump tells California 'there is no drought' + Photo Gallery

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought."

The Latest: Search for missing teen in remote area ends

The Latest on the search for a Northern California girl abducted at gunpoint (all times local):

Navy aviators involved in jet crash released from hospital

The Navy says all four aviators injured in a crash involving two fighter jets have been released from the hospital.

Feds reach agreement on South Dakota IHS hospital funding

Indian Health Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have reached an agreement to maintain a federal funding source for a government hospital in South Dakota found to have serious deficiencies.

Never mind Trump, GOP uniting under banner: 'Never Hillary'

Donald Trump's best ally in winning over skeptical Republicans is turning out to be Hillary Clinton.

Honolulu schools to let kids with lice stay in class

Honolulu students who get lice next year can stay in schools that are included in a new education department policy.

Students accused in campus sex assaults target federal rules

As colleges face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some critics say the rights of the accused are being trampled. Now they want federal guidance on the issue to be tossed out.

Aubrey McClendon's Thunder stake at issue in probate court

The roughly 20 percent ownership stake in the Oklahoma City Thunder held by the late Aubrey McClendon has become a concern of his estate's creditors.

How other noteworthy issues wrapped up in the recent legislative session

Bonding, roads, bridges and SWLRT The session ended when an effort to increase funding for roads and bridges and borrow money for public works and…

Man convicted on terrorism charge in synagogue firebombings

A New Jersey man convicted of terrorism for vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home is now facing a possible life sentence.