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Bannon calls white nationalists 'clowns,' discusses purging rivals

Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump

Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury."

Wisconsin senator wants feds to probe Mexican resort alcohol

A U.S. senator from Wisconsin is urging the State Department to investigate reports of tainted or substandard alcohol at Mexican resorts.

Fake Scottish lord sentenced to 4 years in fraud scheme

A Minnesota man who once pretended to be a Scottish lord has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million from victims who thought they were investigating in a startup satellite TV network.

Illinois conservative group's cartoon sparks racial clash

A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly rally attack in Virginia.

Arkansas AG asks governor to schedule execution for inmate

Arkansas' attorney general has asked the governor to set an execution date for a death row inmate, months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period.

Nevada judge clears way for expanded marijuana distribution

A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational pot sales began last month.

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done — and more should have been done earlier.


Duluth native still backs Confederate symbols
Hot Dish Politics

A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."

Dems launch political ads against Minnesota reps, others
Hot Dish Politics

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched digital ads against U.S. Reps. Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and 23 other GOP lawmakers.


Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues from Capitol

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moved to the halls of Congress.


EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges

EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government.


Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights

A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit.


Missouri lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment

A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president's response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked

The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job.


AP EXPLAINS: Trump, Pershing and terrorism: a primer

President Donald Trump is being criticized once again for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines at the turn of the last century.


2 NY lawmakers: Strip Robert E. Lee's name from West Point

The growing national effort to remove monuments or honors to Robert E. Lee and other leading figures of the Confederacy has reached the U.S. Military Academy.


The Latest: School board hopes ouster ends distractions

The Latest on the New York education commissioner's decision to remove one-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino from the Buffalo school board (all times local):


The Latest: GOP Sen. Scott questions Trump's moral authority

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Tense days for business owners without legal status in US

Maribel Resendiz and her husband came to the U.S. from Mexico, sold cool drinks to workers in the tomato fields of South Florida and eventually opened a bustling shop in a strip mall offering fruit smoothies and tacos. Now she is preparing for the possibility she'll have to leave it all behind.