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Outside cash floods rematch of Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills

Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race proving crucial for control of the U.S. House.

The intense spending highlights that both sides believe the northern Minnesota district is winnable and could become critical in the battle for U.S. House control.

Senate DFL calls for special session to deal with sky-high insurance premiums

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, said Gov. Mark Dayton was open to the idea of a special legislative session during a conversation Thursday. Dayton has called a 10:30 a.m. news conference Friday.

State senators want to address hot-button issue before Election Day.

Tom Hanks sees US election warning in thriller 'Inferno'

Embedded within the manic action of "Inferno," the latest big-screen adaptation of a Dan Brown thriller, is a warning about the dangers of seeking simple solutions to complex problems. Star Tom Hanks says it's a theme with echoes in the current U.S. presidential race.

The Latest: Cardinal says candidates exchanged kind words

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Man charged in bomb threat at North Carolina GOP office

A man is facing felony charges after being accused of making a bomb threat against a GOP office in North Carolina.

Ruling clears way for Kentucky inmate to get married

A Kentucky couple denied a marriage license because the woman is in prison and couldn't accompany her fiance to a county clerk's office has won a court ruling that clears the way for them to get married.

Ex-Philadelphia mayoral candidate cited for pot at airport

Police say authorities cited a documentary filmmaker and former Philadelphia mayoral candidate after finding small amounts of marijuana.

Wikileaks: Sen. Klobuchar on list of veep considerations
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Wikileaks: Sen. Klobuchar on list of veep considerations

League of Conservation Voters dropping $227,000 against Jason Lewis
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The League of Conservation Voters is spending $227,000 to defeat Jason Lewis, the former radio show host who is the GOP nominee in the Second Congressional District.

Trump, Clinton trade caustic barbs at roast

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded sharp barbs and brutal takedowns Thursday, the night after their final debate, during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York.

Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

President Obama admits Affordable Care Act 'growing pains'

Affordability issues can be resolved, president said.

Tenth woman accuses Donald Trump of groping

She described an alleged groping incident in 1998.

Private security group says Russia was behind John Podesta's e-mail hack

Podesta clicked fake Gmail link, giving up password.

Roiled by Trump's refusal to accept outcome, GOP braces for a loss

– A wave of apprehension and anguish swept the Republican Party on Thursday, with many GOP leaders alarmed by Donald Trump’s refusal…

Speak up against hate crimes, Minnesota Somalis and supporters say

Woman attacked at Applebee's among those who are calling for enforcement of state's tougher penalties.

Doctors dispute Trump's abortion claims

Trump said women can "rip the baby out of the womb … on the final day."

Tesla equipping cars to drive completely on their own

Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to take over that responsibility.

Al Franken lists his 10 favorite 'SNL' political sketches

"I imagine there are some glaring omissions, notably Tina Fey's brilliant Sarah Palin impression and Chevy Chase's impression of Gerald Ford," Franken says. "But, hey, these are my favorites."