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North Dakota governor signs concealed carry bill into law

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a dozen "constitutional carry" states.

Critics scoff at all-male photo of GOP health care talks

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this photo of his meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus, which drew comments about the absence of women in the photo.

A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the GOP health care bill that was tweeted out by Vice President Mike Pence is drawing criticism from Democrats.

US drug trial delayed for Haitian politician, coup leader

A trial on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been delayed a month for a former Haitian coup leader and recent senator-elect in that country.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.

House Intelligence chairman apologizes to colleagues after Trump briefing

The White House claimed vindication while the House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election.

Next steps on health care: To be decided

Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.


Volunteer Lacrisha Elliot, 30, of Eagan, who manages the AMC Theatre in Roseville, has dreamed of having horses since she was a little girl. Only in the last almost two years has she had contact with horses as a volunteer at This Old Horse in Hastings and, she said, it has ìallowed me to live my dream.î Here, Elliot was seen with Owen, a yearling colt, born of a wild horse herd on a South Dakota sanctuary and rescued by This Old Horse and seen Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Hastings.

A horse tale of loyalty and compassion in Hastings

Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list
Runaway who inspired touching plea from police chief found safe in Duluth
St. Paul's English language learners deserve better, critics say

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Both teams piled up at the boards fighting for the puck during an unsuccessful Wild power play in the second period.

Wild falls back into bad habits, misses chance to clinch playoffs

Another hole to fill as Gophers defensive end Elmore leaves team
Robison accepts a pay cut, gets another year on his contract
'He needs to get the ball more.' C-Webb gushes over J.P. Macura

Models wear T-shirts created by Bygone Brand of Rockford, Ill., of former Twin Cities businesses.

Missing Dayton's, Porky's, Moby Dick's? Bygone Brand has a shirt for you

Germany's Haribo will make gummy bears in Wisconsin
Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon
US stocks mostly higher ahead of uncertain health care vote

Listen: Another wild week in Washington

Insurers are in driver's seat on state health 'reinsurance'
Sack cartoon: North Korea knocks
Readers Write (March 24): Brenda Ueland house, disparities in transportation funding, proposed electric-vehicle fee, the language of gender equality

North Korea knocks

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John Gebretatose on his first performance with the all-black troupe Blackout: "It was so nice to have my voice heard, recognized and appreciated, not only by my teammates but the audience."

Black comedian crusades to diversify the Twin Cities improv scene

Like doofus hero Woody Harrelson, Minnesota-shot 'Wilson' is oddly lovable
New boss of Hennepin theaters is a veteran arts leader raised in Wisconsin
Danny Boyle set out to tackle new challenges with 'T2'

Ex-WCCO Radio guy gets national TV face time with a Weiner
C.J.

Former WCCO-AMer Jeff McKinney shot to international fame Tuesday after he inadvertently photo-bombed Anthony Weiner's latest sexting news conference.

Franken can't hide love for corn
C.J.

Sen. Al Franken knows how to find a few minutes of semi-privacy at the State Fair so he can eat an ear of corn.

GOP Muslim: Right is wrong on mosque
Jon Tevlin

Imam Ikram ul-Huq thinks the debate over a mosque near the site of the former Twin Towers is dumb and downright un-American.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks with reporters about his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Tuesday, March 21, 2107, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Top Senate Democrat opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

White House gambles, demands make-or-break health care vote
With $300M in private funds, Mayo project set to get $585M in public aid
The Latest: Appeals court sets hearing in travel ban case

In this March 20, 2017 photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston in the bureau of the Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, who has legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, rose to prominence as a black civil rights leader, but then lost her job when her parents exposed her as being white and is now struggling to make a living.

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

Police: Random racist violence ends in death of black man
Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute
After stalling during recession, Americans are again moving from Snowbelt to Sunbelt

FILE - In this April 25, 2016 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital, where he was hospitalized.

Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention

London defiant as ISIS claims attack by British ex-con, 52
Ex-Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev; Ukraine blames Russia
Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

Gaelin Elmore in 2015.

Another hole to fill as Gophers defensive end Elmore leaves team

Gophers goalie trying to ignore his stats, even when they're stunning
Hartman: Fleck starts the task of Gophers team-building
Gophers softball team opens Big Ten play as favorite

Both teams piled up at the boards fighting for the puck during an unsuccessful Wild power play in the second period.

Wild falls back into bad habits, misses chance to clinch playoffs

Kunin headed to AHL Wild at opportune time: 'I want to be a winner wherever I go'
Is this the swan song for former Wild defenseman Schultz?
Postgame: Tired-looking Wild lack energy, fight in loss to Flyers

In this July 10, 2015 photo, Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.

Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death

Amy Schumer drops out as Barbie in film based on doll
Nancy Kerrigan told to 'break a leg' on 'Dancing With the Stars' by Kristi Yamaguchi
British actress Emma Thompson turns down Trump offer

Trump aide with Russia ties offers to talk to House panel

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.


The Latest: Appeals court sets hearing in travel ban case

The Latest on challenges to President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban (all times local):


US stocks mostly higher ahead of uncertain health care vote

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday as technology companies and banks climb. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, which is scheduled to come up for a vote later Friday after it was delayed a day earlier. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2016.


Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.


Man pleads guilty in shooting inspired by false rumors

A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria has pleaded guilty to two charges.