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Report: It's harder to know who's paying for political ads

British expatriates fear for their future after UK vote

Tad Dawson's pub in this Spanish vacation town was doing a brisk business in the summer sun. The only dark clouds he saw were coming from the bar's TV, tuned to a British news channel.

Fentanyl worries changing way narcotics officers operate

The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans is also threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing basics of drug investigations, from confiscations to testing and undercover operations, law enforcement officials say.

Supreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big cases

The Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions Monday in three remaining cases after a flurry of decisions last week.

McConnell: Trump needs to close cash deficit 'fast'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Donald Trump needs to raise much more money, quickly, if he expects to win the presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Lawyer: Admitted lie made state drop charges against senator

The lawyer for the accuser in a suspended Vermont state senator's rape trial says the state decided to drop the charges after the accuser admitted outside the courtroom that she had lied on the witness stand about something not central to the case.

Melted dreams: Art installation to vanish during conventions

"The American Dream" will melt away during the Republican and Democratic national conventions.


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Peterson will support GMO labeling bill if it passes the Senate

Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.

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Gov. Mark Dayton says he's willing to compromise on public works bill

Gov. Mark Dayton, looking to jump-start stalled negotiations with Republicans over a major package of public works projects and tax cuts, said on WCCO radio Wednesday that he's willing to forgo some infrastructure projects he previously said were must-haves.


Minnesota courts cyberattack underscores growing threat

A recent cyberattack on the Minnesota Judicial Branch's website underscored a growing threat that state officials warn will become more difficult to combat without additional…


A look at the lives of child caretakers

Each day, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children across Minnesota provide care to someone in their family who is physically or mentally disabled and is too debilitated to care for themselves. While their friends and classmates indulge in sports and play, these young carers hurry home to perform a dizzying array of chores, and to help their sick or disabled relatives bathe, eat, dress and take their medications.


Clinton content to let Trump dominate news

He wins news cycles, but the result may drive his negatives in polling.


Why Democrats believe gun issue will win them votes

Analysis: Will Orlando massacre mobilize voters?


Trump tells voters, 'I'm With You," but will it work?

His new slogan tells voters : "I'm With You," to counter, "I'm With Her."


Peterson will support GMO labeling bill if it passes the Senate

Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.


Trump In Scotland hails 'Brexit' vote

Donald Trump, in a visit to Scotland on Friday, hailed Britain's vote to leave the European Union, drawing parallels to the anger driving his own presidential campaign.


Business groups and GOP push for state law to override cities' sick, wage rules

Minnesota business groups are responding to recent sick leave proposals, pushing for a preemptive state law and are also preparing a lawsuit against Minneapolis.


Minnesotans see immigration decision as push for action

Thursday's court impasse dealt Minnesota's immigrants a grave disappointment and promised to add fuel to the election campaign.


Business leaders endorse Hillary Clinton

Warren Buffett and Delta's chairman among execs to endorse Clinton.