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Trump Swings Behind Massive Budget; big Military Increase

Negotiators planned to unveil the massive government-wide spending bill later in the day in hopes of passing it before a Friday midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci/newsfileWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite second thoughts, President Donald Trump swung behind a $1.3 trillion government spending bill Wednesday that would give him a partial victory on funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rushed to the White House amid worries that Trump was talking about withdrawing his support for the measure, said a person…

Ashland County Rejects Wrongful Death Claim

Ashland County Board rejects $9.5 million wringful death claim from Jason Pero's family.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff’s deputy Brock Mrdjenovich killed Jason Pero after he was called to the Bad River Indian Reservation to deal with an individual walking down the street with a knife…

Austin Suspect ID’d as Mark Anthony Conditt

Authorities earlier described the suspect only as a 24-year-old white man.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)ROUND ROCK, Tex. – A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the dead Austin bombing suspect was Mark Anthony Conditt. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly. Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told the AP that the bombing…

Snowmobile Accident Inspires new Minnesota DWI law

Republican Rep. Anne Neu of North Branch says there's currently a loophole.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The death of an 8-year-old boy who was struck by a snowmobile has spurred Minnesota legislators to advance a bill that would make drunk driving an offense no matter the vehicle being operated. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the House transportation committee approved a bill to allow for DWI convictions whether they’re on the road,…

Armed man Holed up in Restaurant Near Princeton University

Authorities in New Jersey say an armed man is holed up in a restaurant across the street from Princeton University's campus.

(Google Maps)PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – Authorities in New Jersey say an armed man is holed up in a restaurant across the street from Princeton University’s campus. Police say there are no known hostages in the Panera Bread, but it’s not clear what sparked the standoff that began around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities had shut down Princeton’s downtown area, and two…

Minneapolis Officer who Shot Australian Woman Turns Self in

The Minneapolis officer had a warrant out for his arrest.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest, and a news conference was scheduled later Tuesday to announce charges in the case. Tom Plunkett, an attorney for Officer Mohamed Noor, says he turned himself in Tuesday in the death of…

UK Parliament Asks Zuckerberg to Testify in Data Misuse Case

The request comes amid reports that a U.K.-based company allegedly used Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used to influence elections. The request comes amid reports that a U.K.-based company allegedly used Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016…

Sheriff Update: School Officer Unhurt, Shooter Dead

A teenager wounded a girl and a boy inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before an armed school resource officer was able to intervene.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon ) GREAT MILLS, Md (AP) – A sheriff says the school resource officer who shot at the suspect during a shooting at a Maryland high school is unhurt. Speaking at a news conference, St. Mary’s County Tim Cameron says the male student was armed with a handgun Tuesday morning when he wounded a female student and a…

Investigators Suspect FedEx Bomb is Tied to Austin Bombings

Police check suspicious package at Austin FedEx.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Austin police have deployed a hazardous materials squad to a FedEx shipping facility near the city’s airport to investigate reports of a suspicious package. It isn’t known yet if the suspicious package is linked to a bomb that detonated earlier Tuesday at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio or the four bombs that…

World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, Dies

The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications."

(AP Photo)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications,” researchers announced Tuesday, saying he “stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength.” A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer…

Maryland High School Shooting Contained, People Injured

No fatalities reported at this time.

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A shooting caused injuries at a Maryland high school Tuesday morning, and authorities said the situation was “contained” as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene. St. Mary’s Couty Sheriff spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says there have been injuries, but she didn’t know how many or the severity. She said she had “no…

Assembly Committee to Hold Hearing on School Safety Bills

Meeting Will be Held Tomorrow

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Assembly Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker’s $100 million school safety plan and other related proposals. The hearing Tuesday comes as the Assembly is expected to pass the bills in a special session Thursday. But the Senate may take a different approach, a move that could kill the measures. Walker, Lt. Gov….

Mille Lacs Faces Third Catch-and-Release-Only Walleye Season

Some Ice Fishing Anglers Were Able to Keep Fish This Past Winter at Mille Lacs

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Anglers and resort owners on Mille Lacs Lake face a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleyes. The Department of Natural Resources said Monday that maintaining the restriction for the open-water season that opens May 12 will let it keep the popular lake open to walleye fishing all year, instead of closing it midway as it did last summer….

Woman Struck and Killed by Self-Driving Uber Vehicle

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg,File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the U.S. and Canada. Depending on who is found to be at fault, the accident could have far-reaching consequences…

Senate Signs off on MNLARS Money, but no Checks go out yet

It comes more than two weeks after the state started sending out layoff notices to information technology contractors working on MNLARS.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s Senate has signed off on $10 million in emergency funding to fix the state’s troubled new driver’s registration system. The Senate approved a bill Monday to fund repairs to the new platform known as MNLARS on a 47-20 vote. It also includes some new oversight measures like a legislative commission that Republicans deemed essential…

Four Year old Injured When Dropped From Third Floor by Relative

Police later identified the man as the girl's uncle.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – St. Cloud police say a 4-year-old girl suffered injuries when she was dropped by a relative from a third-story balcony. WJON reports Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says a witness told officers the man was holding the child by her wrists while standing on the balcony before dropping her about 5 p.m. Sunday. The girl…

Pawlenty Files Campaign Committee for Expected Governor run

It would be a return to politics for Pawlenty, who left office in 2011 and ran a short-lived 2012 presidential campaign.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has formed a campaign committee to run for his old job. The two-term governor announced Monday he created a campaign committee for the 2018 election. It’s not official yet, as Pawlenty still needs to formally file for the office. But it’s the surest sign yet that Pawlenty plans to enter…

18-year-old was Victim of Fatal Shooting in Minneapolis

No arrests have been made yet.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities have identified a St. Paul teenager as the person who was fatally shot in Minneapolis on Friday night. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office says 18-year-old Norea Stephon Wilford was shot in the chest. Minneapolis police say Wilford was shot during a dispute and brought in a private vehicle to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he…

Enbridge Pipeline Raises Concerns in Minnesota

State regulators are expected to rule on the line's fate in June.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) – Landowners and tribal groups want Enbridge Energy to remove its old pipeline because of concerns of potential pollution if it wins regulatory approval for a replacement line across northern Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Enbridge plans to remove the old Line 3 in portions where it’s exposed, but argues that safely removing the full…

White House Names Deputy Chief for Policy

Liddell is “highly qualified to oversee and coordinate our policy process.''

(Alex Brandon/Associated Press)WASHINGTON (AP) – White House official Christopher Liddell has been named deputy chief of staff for policy coordination. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Liddell will serve under Chief of Staff John Kelly and will work with Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin. He will be charged with managing the policy process. In…

Austin Mayor Calls Growing Fears ‘Legitimate’

Austin's mayor says growing anxieties are "legitimate and real'' following the fourth bombing in the city this month.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Austin’s mayor says growing anxieties are “legitimate and real” following the fourth bombing in the city this month. Mayor Steve Adler told The Associated Press on Monday that residents shouldn’t think twice about calling 911 if they see anything suspicious. A blast occurred Sunday night in a neighborhood far from the sites of the three package…

Rochester Stabbing Victims, Suspect Lived at Salvation Army Complex

Police say the victims and suspect all lived at the apartments.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Police in Rochester, Minnesota, say a man was “definitely under the influence of alcohol” when he allegedly stabbed two neighbors to death at a Salvation Army apartment building. The 53-year-old man was arrested shortly after the stabbings Saturday night at Castleview Apartments as police say he tried to flee from a rear stairway. He was being…

Study: Plant Diversity Doesn’t Protect From Aquatic Invaders

The study was published in the Journal of Ecology.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – New research from the University of Minnesota has found no evidence that a diverse plant community in lakes keeps aquatic invaders from taking hold. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the university’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center examined 13 years of vegetation survey data that the state Department of Natural Resources collected from about 1,100 lakes….

370 Arrested for Drunken Driving Over St. Paddy’s Weekend

The number of arrests is up from last year.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says it made hundreds of arrests for drunken driving over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The patrol says that from Friday evening through early Monday, 370 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence. That’s despite options for getting home, including free bus rides, Metro Transit and Uber. Last year, the patrol says…

More Dogs Found in Home of Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

More than 200 animals have been removed from the home.

ROME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A woman accused of animal cruelty after more than 200 animals were removed from her southern Michigan property has been arrested after authorities say they found additional neglected animals. Sharon Kay Evans of Lenawee County’s Rome Township was arrested Friday for violating an order not to possess animals. Sheriff’s officials say they acted on tips…

Fading Wolf Population to be Restored at Lake Superior Park

Isle Royal Wolves

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Federal officials have tentatively decided to transport 20-30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan over the next three years to replenish a population that has nearly died out because of inbreeding and disease. The National Park Service said Friday it will make a final decision in 30 days, after the public has…

Pawlenty: Florida Fundraising was ‘Warming up Engine’

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll have an announcement soon on whether he'll make a run for his old office.

EDINA, Minn. (AP) – Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he’ll have an announcement soon on whether he’ll make a run for his old office. After speaking Friday at a Chamber of Commerce event in Edina, Pawlenty declined to say whether he’s definitely in. He called it “an answer for another day.” Pawlenty says recent fundraising in Florida was just “warming…

Study: High Rate of Wisconsin Fatal Crashes Involve Elderly

26 percent of fatal crashes in Wisconsin in 2016 involved someone 65 years or older.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A study shows Wisconsin has the highest rate for fatal crashes involving elderly drivers in the country. The study conducted by TRIP, a national transportation research group, says 26 percent of fatal crashes in Wisconsin in 2016 involved someone 65 years or older. That’s despite the state having a lower percentage of older drivers compared to…

Dayton’s Budget Cues up tax Fight With GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to give some money back to Minnesota families.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton wants to undo some GOP-backed tax breaks passed last year and give some money back to Minnesota families. Removing tax cuts for some tobacco products, commercial properties and wealthy estates passed and signed into law last year was just a small part of the Democratic governor’s budget proposal released Friday. Those measures…

A Media Giant in the Balance: AT&T Antitrust Trial Kicks off

On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get - and how much you pay for - streaming TV and movies

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google…

Designer of Fallen Florida Bridge Also did new I-35W Span

The company that designed the Florida bridge is the same company that designed the new I35W bridge in Minnesota.

(Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida is the same company that designed the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota, after the old span collapsed more than 10 years ago. The engineering company is FIGG Bridge Group. Its new pedestrian bridge in Miami was hailed as a technological innovation…

Audit Suggests Report to ID Ineligible Voters

The Latest on a legislative audit of Minnesota's voter registration system.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the state should develop a report that helps county election officials identify people who aren’t eligible to vote. The legislative auditor’s office reported Friday after months of analyzing the state’s voter registration system. County attorneys carried out dozens of investigations that found registering or voting by ineligible people. But those county attorneys…

FDA Begins Push to cut Addictive Nicotine in Cigarettes

Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked. The Food and Drug Administration floated the proposal last summer, but provided new details in a government filing on the potential impact of drastically cutting nicotine…

End of an era: Toys R Us is Going the way of Stickball

Toys R Us going out of business jeopardizes more than 30,000 jobs.

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, children ran down the sprawling aisles of Toys R Us in awe of the Barbies, the bikes and other toys laid out in front of them. Parents lined up for the latest Christmas fad, even if it meant standing in the rain. And, of course, there was that jingle that bored into your brain:…

PUC OK’s Environmental Review of Enbridge Line 3

Environmental and tribal groups oppose the project out of concern over potential leaks and impacts on climate change.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota regulators have approved the final environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The unanimous vote by the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday sets the stage for the panel to decide in June whether to grant final approval for the project and whether to approve…

Senate GOP Contemplating own School Safety Plan

The same bill must pass both houses before Walker can sign it into law.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Senate Republicans apparently aren’t sold on Gov. Scott Walker’s school safety legislation. Walker introduced legislation Thursday designed to enhance campus safety, in part by creating $100 million in new school grants. The legislation doesn’t impose any gun restrictions or mandate teachers arm themselves. Walker called a special session for the Legislature to take up the bills….

Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse; Several Fatalities

The $14.2 million bridge crossed over a busy seven lane road that divided the university’s campus from the city of Sweetwater.

MIAMI (AP) — A brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at a Miami-area college Thursday, crushing at least five vehicles. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities said they were searching for people. According to Authorities there are “several fatalities.” Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he had spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about…

PUC Weighs Environmental Review for Enbridge’s Line 3

The Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to classify the project's final environmental review as adequate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Enbridge Energy is going before Minnesota regulators in hopes of clearing a significant hurdle in the company’s plans to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to classify the project’s final environmental review as adequate. In December, the PUC ruled it wasn’t and asked…

Wisconsin Launches First Elk Hunt

Bayfield and Ashland Counties Included in Elk Hunt

MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin wildlife officials are launching the state’s first elk hunt. The Department of Natural Resources announced on its website Tuesday that hunters will be allowed to kill 10 bull elk across Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland and Price counties from mid-October to mid-November and over eight days in mid-December. Four tags will go to Wisconsin residents through a DNR drawing. One…

Walker Introduces School Safety Bills, Calls Special Session

Plans Were Unveiled Earlier This Morning

MADISON, Wis.-Republican Gov. Scott Walker is introducing a package of legislation designed to enhance school safety. Walker unveiled the proposals Thursday morning. They include establishing an Office of School Safety within the state Justice Department, creating a $100 million school safety grant program and requiring mandatory child abuse reporters to report threats of school violence as well. Other bills in…

Trump Wrongly Insists US has Trade Deficit With Canada

The Office of the United States Trade Representative says the United States has a trade surplus with Canada.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States has a trade deficit with Canada, following news reports that he claimed at a fundraiser about talking trade with the country’s prime minister without knowing all the facts. Trump says on Twitter Thursday: “We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost…

Dog Dies After Airline Worker Orders it be Placed in Overhead bin

Passenger forced to put small dog in overhead bin for flight.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)(AP) – A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday that it takes full responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight from Houston to New York. In a statement, United called it “a tragic accident…

Father Shot on Minnesota Sidewalk had Fled From Iraq

Al Naddf had fled Iraq to escape violence.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A man who was fatally shot on a sidewalk in Rochester, Minnesota, fled Iraq several years ago to escape violence. Ahmed Muafaq Abdulhu Al Naddf, 40, immigrated to the U.S. in 2014 with his wife and their two children. Al Naddf died after being shot in the chest Monday night. Police have arrested 25-year-old Eric Tyler…

Ford Recalls Almost 1.4M cars; Steering Wheel can Come Loose

Ford says the steering wheels can detach from the steering column.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can…

MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole Stepping Down

Nate Clark will be taking on the role of Acting CEO.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The head of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is stepping down. Allison O’Toole announced Wednesday that she will leave MNsure next month. O’Toole served as chief executive for nearly three years, overseeing record signups in individual health care plans even as premiums were rising sharply. Her departure comes at a tumultuous time for health care nationwide…

Stephen Hawking Dies at the age of 76

Hawking was the best known theoretical physicist of his time.

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. Hawking was the best known theoretical physicist of his time. Hawking was known for writing about the mysteries of space, time and black holes. He was 76 years old.

Minnesota and Wisconsin Students set to Participate in Walkouts

Students at Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East and UMD are just some of the local schools participating

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students at dozens of Minnesota schools plan to walk out of classes in response to last month’s deadly school shooting in Florida. The walkout planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday comes one month after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The national demonstration is expected to last 17 minutes…

Three Rural Illinois men Charged with Minnesota Mosque Bombing

The motives are still unclear.

(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP File)CHICAGO (AP) – Why three men allegedly chose to travel some 500 miles from a rural farming community in Illinois to bomb a specific mosque in suburban Minneapolis isn’t clear. But a complaint released as they were charged Tuesday in the 2017 attack includes a chilling comment one suspect allegedly made about their desired effect:…

Trump Considering Rick Perry to Take Over VA

President Donald Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry. A source familiar with the White House discussions tells The Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a way to right the ship at the VA, believing Shulkin has become a…

President Donald Trump Pays Visit to Wall Prototypes

He said he preferred a fully concrete wall because it was the hardest to climb, but he noted that it needed to be see-through.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday got his chance to inspect prototypes for the “big beautiful border wall” he wants to build to separate the U.S. from Mexico, saying strengthening the border would help stop “99 percent” of illegal immigration — or, he allowed, “maybe more than that.” The president, making his first trip to California as…