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Hillary Clinton's 'Between Two Ferns' episode viewed 30M times in 24 hours

Hillary Clinton appears on "Between Two Ferns."

"I really regret doing this," Hillary Clinton says in a recent episode of "Between Two Ferns." It has proven to be one of the most popular installments of the Funny or Die comedy video website yet.

Cruz to vote for Trump, whom he once called 'utterly amoral'

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas listen as Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. Cruz announced Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face for the Texas senator who previously called the New York businessman a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral."

Ted Cruz announced Friday he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face that may help unite a deeply divided Republican Party months after the fiery Texas conservative called Trump a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral."

Text of Obama's remarks at museum dedication

Text of President Barack Obama's remarks on Saturday at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as provided by the White House.

Man charged with hitting mayor with pie is released on bail

A man who was charged with assault and battery after Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie has been released from jail after bail was posted.

Presidential debate could serve up 'drama and fireworks'

Iowa braces for flooding with more rain on the way

Volunteers filled sandbags and homeowners began moving things out of their basements on Saturday in preparation for flooding along the Cedar River in Iowa.

Alaska council to vote on cat leash law

Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval.

Both parties hope to boost turnout as early voting begins in Minn.
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Voting began Friday in Minnesota, one of the earliest states in the nation.

Sen. Franken joins Sen. Rand Paul in pushing to halt Saudi arms sales
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Sen. Franken joins Sen. Rand Paul in pushing to halt Saudi arms sales

Staffing shortage blamed for three-month backlog of Minnesota auto titles

The Department of Public Safety's Driver and Vehicle Services Division says it is offering voluntary overtime to employees and hiring temporary help.

How to vote early

To request an absentee ballot or find your early polling location, go to mnvotes.org. Or call 651-215-1440 in the metro area or 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)…

With debate prep, Clinton and Trump are worlds apart

Their debate Monday is expected to be one of the most widely watched presidential debates since Carter vs. Reagan in 1980.

Speaker Ryan, your views on Donald Trump? Next question, please

– The House speaker, Paul Ryan, has expressed no particular opinion on the stop-and-frisk police tactics advocated this week by Donald Trump. He…

Gov. Dayton again says special legislative session before election unlikely

Transportation funding was still the sticking point in the most recent talks.

President Obama's choice words for Trump on race issues

President Obama took direct aim at GOP nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that conditions for black Americans now are worse than they have been at any…

Looming debate will be fresh test of Trump's TV prowess

Donald Trump has embraced TV as no other presidential candidate in history has, and he'll bring all his skills honed as star of "The Apprentice" to Monday's debate.

Wisconsin a bystander in presidential race

Clinton and Trump are not waging battle in the state.

Hillary Clinton plans some taxes that she hasn't talked about

Trump tax plan would add $5.3 trillion in debt.

Mixed response at hearing to Rep. John Kline's pension proposal

Hybrid approach would allow benefits to change if needed, but critics say the approach poses risks for workers.