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Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

U.S., Japan postpone talks on Tokyo airport access

Delta, Minnesota leaders have said the plan could threaten MSP-Tokyo route.

Republican Chad Anderson beats Andrew Carlson in special House race

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Republican Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Carlson in a special House election in Bloomington Tuesday.

Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

Michael Brodkorb

John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.

Liverpool fans score apology, U-turn from owners on tickets

Liverpool's American owners apologized to fans and reversed planned rises in ticket prices on Wednesday, insisting they were not "greedy."

The Latest: Kasich gets bill to defund Planned Parenthood

The Latest on an Ohio proposal that seeks to strip government funding away from Planned Parenthood (all times local):

The Latest: House to consider impeachment of Pennsylvania AG

The latest on the Pennsylvania Senate's plan for a vote on Wednesday to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

New Hampshire's primary hangover begins as candidates leave

Now you see 'em, now you don't.

Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget

Meet the new boss. Confronting the same tea party challenges as the old boss.

Federal budget in black for January

The federal government recorded a budget surplus in January of $55.2 billion, helped by a timing quirk that shifted benefit payments to December.

Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

Prosecutor: Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty in corruption case

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to investigators during a federal corruption probe that tainted his career, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

2 deputies wounded, suspect dead in shopping center shootout

A man opened fire inside a crowded shopping center restaurant during lunchtime Wednesday and wounded a sheriff's deputy, then exchanged gunfire with another deputy outside, authorities said.

North Carolina welfare applicants, recipients drug tested

Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state.

Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates has approved a bill that would allow prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

AP sources: Christie expected to end 2016 White House bid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to end his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a disappointing finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Lawmakers to vote on WIAA open records laws

An Assembly committee is slated to vote Wednesday on a bill that would subject Wisconsin's high school athletics association to open records and meetings laws.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

Atlanta airport adds private pods for breast-feeding mothers

Authorities at the world's busiest airport say four lactation pods are now available for nursing mothers as they travel.