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Rep. Tom Emmer's town hall proves largely Minnesota Nice

Rep. Tom Emmer faced a crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Sartell, Minn.

An overflow crowd raised questions but not voices at Sartell meeting.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Transgender students lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms, such as this one in a Seattle high school, and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions.

Some San Jose residents return to waterlogged homes

Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose.

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Because he had to leave his day job late, the pastor of a South Carolina church canceled his weekly Bible study class. That move may have averted a second round of deadly shootings after nine worshippers had been killed at another black church.

Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Ivanka Trump is learning more about economic policy as she takes on a more visible role in and around Washington.

Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House.


MN Sen. David Osmek uses colorful language in email to describe Southwest light rail
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No regrets, he says.

Sunday liquor store sales bill passes Minn. Senate committee
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The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.


DNC race tight as Democrats seek gains against Trump

Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains.


INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.


Emails show new EPA chief's cozy ties with fuel industry

When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power.


Conservatives hail end of bathroom rule for transgender kids

Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.


Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.


Praise, criticism follow transgender bathroom decision

Comments about the Trump administration decision to rescind federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use public school bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity:


Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.


Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access…


Oregon joins suit against President Trump's travel ban

Oregon asked a federal court late Wednesday to join a lawsuit filed by Washington state against an immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump.


Minnesota House set for floor vote on Real ID

The Minnesota House is ready to vote on a Real ID bill that has divided lawmakers over privacy concerns and federal power for several years.