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Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl

Saturday's Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

Sen. Bernie Sanders fires up hundreds at forum in north Minneapolis

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The Vermont senator, a special guest at the forum on race and economic opportunity, spoke to hundreds of people at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis before taking questions.

After long fight, Senate finally OKs ambassadors to Sweden, Norway

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Sweden, Norway ambassadors finally confirmed by U.S. Senate

Supreme Court vacancy is tangible test for 2016 candidates

The presidential election just got real.


Wisconsin's Johnson wants next president to replace Scalia

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants the next president to nominate a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


Minnesota orders flags flown at half-staff to honor Scalia

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered that U.S. and Minnesota state flags be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


Scalia's death means loss of key vote in divided cases

Justice Antonin Scalia's death deprives conservatives of a key vote that could change the outcome in some major Supreme Court cases.


Feds look to rural North Dakota as potential nuclear waste burial site

The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010.


Aid for wrongfully convicted could make open records problem

A bill that would increase compensation for the wrongly convicted is drawing criticism from open records advocates about a provision to seal court records.


Hefty surplus comes with plenty of ideas, big conflicts

Lawmakers are eyeing a $1.2 billion budget surplus with no shortage of ideas on how to spend it.


Grand Marais puts brakes on possible Dollar General store

The Lake Superior community of Grand Marais (muh-RAY') has put the brakes on a potential move by a national discount retailer to move into the scenic tourist town.


Walker orders flags lowered across Wisconsin to honor Scalia

Gov. Scott Walker has ordered the U.S. and Wisconsin state flags lowered to half-staff at state government buildings across Wisconsin in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


Virginia police investigating deadly force incident

The fatal police shooting of a 19-year-old man in rural Virginia is being investigated by the state police.


Carved-up N. Carolina county braces for redistricting fight

North Carolina's redistricting fight is being closely watched in Durham County, which was divided among four Congressional Districts a few years ago.


GOP governor stays popular in Democratic Massachusetts

While partisan battles rage in Washington and other state capitals, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker thrives in one of the nation's bluest states.


Suspect in Baton Rouge shootout dies

Police in Louisiana say a man suspected of shooting two police officers in Baton Rouge has died.


New York weighs new approach to high child care costs

New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state income taxes to help cover the cost of child care.


The Latest: In death, Scalia honored with half-staff flags

The Latest on developments following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (all times local):