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Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to enter his presidential viewing stand, Sunday, July 16, 2017, during the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It will hit a limit on salaries and overtime.

Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted

Greg Gianforte celebrates his win over Rob Quist for the open congressional seat at the Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday night, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont.

A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of political opponents using the congressman's mug shot next year when he is up for re-election.

Mnuchin's wife touts fashion labels, slams critic

Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blasted as "adorably out of touch" a person who criticized her Instagram post in which Linton depicted her designer-label outfit.

Officials: Do not eat fish caught in Shenango River

State officials are warning people not to eat fish caught in a stretch of a western Pennsylvania river after tests found extremely high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical.

Republican state Sen. David Osmek announces bid for governor

Minnesota Republican state Sen. David Osmek has announced a campaign for governor.

Jury selection for US senator's corruption trial underway

The final stage of jury selection for next month's corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey gets underway in Newark.

Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues in black fabric

Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in black fabric.

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

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.

Mnuchin's wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts her high fashion

Louise Linton tagged the numerous expensive brands she was wearing, then got into an Instagram spat with those who criticized her.

Correction: Factory Sites-Apartments story

In a story Aug. 21 about apartments planned in Muncie, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the city where Wisconsin-based Commonwealth Development Corp. is based. It's Fond du Lac, not Fon du Lac.

The Latest: Pence says Trump favors 'resolve and commitment'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and US policy in Afghanistan (all times local):

Man shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Kewaunee County

A man has been shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Kewaunee County.

Town official apologizes for posting racist slur on Facebook

An official in a Massachusetts town has publicly apologized after posting a racist slur on Facebook in the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

House Speaker Paul Ryan won't support censure of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following a white supremacist rally in Virginia, but said Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues.

Report: Iran says Twitter ready to talk on unblocking site

Iran's new telecommunications minister says Twitter is ready to talk about unblocking access to the microblogging site.

Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance

Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win."

Trump urges unity during Afghan address

Insisting the United States cannot "remain a force for peace in the world" if it is "not at peace with each other," President Donald Trump called for unity, common purpose and mutual trust during his address on Afghanistan.