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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.

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.

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.


Lake Cornelia in Edina is similar to other shallow suburban lakes that take drainage from parking lots, roads and lawns.

Dangerous toxic algae levels put Edina lake off limits to people, pets

2 months after officer shoots dogs, Mpls. trains police recruits on dangerous dogs
Dayton joins chorus of concern over Mayo Clinic cuts
Former Target and Uber exec Jeff Jones named CEO of H&R Block

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Jorge Polanco hit his second three-run homer Monday, this one hitting lefthanded in Game 2 against the White Sox. In Game 1, he homered while hitting righthanded.

Gee's pitching, four homers carry Twins to split after Game 1 rally falls short

Still unsettled at center and guard, Vikings have intriguing options
Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution
Repaired Cashman could be a centerpiece somewhere in U's defense

Jeff Jones was an executive at Target and Uber, and now he's been named CEO of H&R Block.

Former Target and Uber exec Jeff Jones named CEO of H&R Block

Sons of Norway sells headquarters to Ryan, Weidner for multi-use project
Target cuts ties to 'Just Mayo' maker Hampton Creek
Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"

Office of the bogeyman in chief? Barack Obama was a bogeyman for many, and it might be tempting for people on the left to make Donald Trump theirs, but it’s best for all not to go there.

The presidency and our culture: Who is your bogeyman?

MNsure's consumer-friendly move gives consumers an extra month to shop
Sack cartoon: If there's something strange in your neighborhood
Readers Write: Civil War statues, small towns and diversity, mapping the arts in Minneapolis, Nicollet Mall

If there's something strange in your neighborhood

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Fairgoers ride on the SkyGlider

Expert tips to make the most of your Minnesota State Fair adventures

Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29
Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype
St. Paul's Seitu Jones takes home $50K for this year's McKnight Distinguished Artist award

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.


President Donald Trump delivers an address to the nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. President Trump on Monday pushed forward with a new strategy for the struggling United States-led campaign in Afghanistan, saying �the American people are weary of war without victory.�

Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30
Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted
Mnuchin's wife touts fashion labels, slams critic

The moon passed in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse visible from Farmington, Mo.

'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

Man who shot judge was father of player convicted of rape
Should pedestrians who text be fined? More cities debate idea
Carbondale, Illinois, is the eclipse's ground zero

FILE - This is a April 30 2008 file photo of submarine owner Peter Madsen.

Danish police find torso of woman after submarine sinking

Trump will address Afghan strategy as U.S. commanders hail new force
Navy orders 7th Fleet review amid search for 10 from McCain
Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance

Jorge Polanco hit his second three-run homer Monday, this one hitting lefthanded in Game 2 against the White Sox. In Game 1, he homered while hitting righthanded.

Gee's pitching, four homers carry Twins to split after Game 1 rally falls short

Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution
Postgame: Gee hoping for consistent role; Saturday's starter still not chosen
Twins in Chicago: Pregame eclipse viewing around home plate

Veteran Joe Berger finds himself fending off competition instead of being the pursuer.

Still unsettled at center and guard, Vikings have intriguing options

Vikings not taking any chances on a quarterback shortfall
Ed Sharockman, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback for Vikings, dies at 77
Once snubbed, Parkettes finally land cheerleading gig at Vikings game

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's social media blank-out sparks frenzy of speculation

Leah Remini slams Tom Cruise as 'diabolical,' not a good person
Robin Thicke, model expecting baby on Alan Thicke's birthday
C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter

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):


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.


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 rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision one executive said breaks a personal promise from President Donald Trump to take the extraordinary step to benefit the industry.