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Sessions Denies ‘False and Scurrilous Allegations’

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversions with Russian officials about the U.S. elections. He vowed to defend his honor “against scurrilous and false allegations.” Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a “detestable and appalling lie” to…

Great Lakes Levels Expected to be Highest in Decades

DETROIT (AP) – A wet spring season has experts predicting that summer water levels for the Great Lakes could be higher than normal and above last year’s mark through early fall. The Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District announced Monday in its six-month water level forecast that summer water levels on…

Fate of Thousands of Recalled Volkswagens Undecided

At the Brainerd Industrial Center, a former paper mill, thousands of recalled Volkswagen diesel vehicles are being stored. Steve Fines for MPR News BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) – The fate of thousands of recalled Volkswagens that are being stored in central Minnesota is undetermined. Minnesota Public Radio reports the vehicles are being stored in Brainerd as part of a massive recall…

Two Georgia Prison Guards Shot and Killed by Inmates; Suspects on the Run

Georgia Department of Corrections tweeted a photo of the two inmates, Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, who are being sought by law enforcement after two prison guards were killed in Putnam County on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Georgia Department of Corrections ) ATLANTA, Ga. (FOX NEWS) – Two Georgia prison guards were killed by two inmates Tuesday…

Trump to Tout Apprenticeships as a Way to Fill Jobs Gap

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will be touring a technical school in Wisconsin Tuesday as part of his push to boost jobs by increasing apprenticeships. Trump says the learn-and-earn arrangements are going to be “a big, big factor” in his effort to add jobs that employers are having trouble filling. The idea is for students to work at paid…

Iowa May be First State with No Health Insurers on Exchange

"...A TOTAL COLLAPSE LEAVING NEARLY 72,000 PEOPLE WITH ZERO OPTIONS TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance companies willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said Monday. Ommen said he and his officials from two major Iowa insurance carriers met…

Another US Appeals Court Keeps Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked

SEATTLE (AP) – Another federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. The ruling Monday from a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deals the administration another legal defeat as the Supreme Court considers a separate case on the issue. The judges say the president violated the U.S. immigration…

Trump to Nominate Christopher Wray to be FBI Director

Trump announced that he intents to nominate Wray over Twitter

WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – President Trump on Wednesday said he intends to nominate former assistant attorney general Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director. Wray, currently a litigation partner at King & Spalding, would replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over when James Comey was fired by Trump in May. “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray,…

Comey to Congress: President Trump Told Him ‘I Need Loyalty’

AP Photo WASHINGTON (AP) – Former FBI Director James Comey will say in his opening statement at a congressional hearing that President Donald Trump told him, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty” during an “awkward” conversation at a January dinner at the White House, according to documents released a day ahead of his highly anticipated testimony. Comey is set to…

NTSB Blames Delta Pilots for Wrong Airport Landing on Minneapolis-South Dakota Flight

Pilot error on Delta flight from MSP to RAP

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Pilot error is the conclusion of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Rapid City, South Dakota last summer that landed at the wrong airport. Delta Flight 2845 landed July 7 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, about 6 miles northwest of the intended destination of Rapid City Regional Airport. According…

White House: Trump Won’t Seek to Block Comey Testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will not assert executive privilege to block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill, the White House said Monday, setting the stage for a dramatic public airing of the former top law enforcement official’s dealings with the commander in chief. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s power to…

Minnesota Joins U.S. Climate Alliance, Pledging Itself to Paris Accord Targets

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Minnesota and eight other states, along with Puerto Rico, joined the U.S. Climate Alliance Monday, pledging to uphold targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord after President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the agreement last week. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Puerto Rico joined the original three…

Source: 2 Arrested in Oakland Warehouse Fire that Killed 36

Formal charges are expected late Monday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A man who illegally rented out space in an Oakland, California, warehouse that caught fire and killed 36 people has been arrested and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter along with the organizer of a party at the site, a source close the investigation told The Associated Press on Monday. The Alameda County district attorney says…

Orlando Shooting: 5 People Dead After ‘Disgruntled’ Ex-Employee Opens Fire, Police Say

Fox 35 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Five people were shot and killed at an Orlando business on Monday morning by a “disgruntled” former employee who then turned the gun on himself, police said. Officers responded to a call about an active shooter at Fimma off Forsyth Road in Orange County, near Full Sail University, just after 8 a.m., Orange County…

Trump Says U.S. will Abandon Global Climate Accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms. “As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of…

1 Dead, 2 Workers Missing after Explosion at Wisconsin Mill

(Jeff Lange via AP) CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) – Recovery crews searched a mountain of debris for two workers on Thursday following an explosion at a corn mill plant that killed at least one employee, injured about a dozen others and leveled parts of the sprawling facility in southern Wisconsin, authorities said. Sixteen employees were working when the blast was reported…

Wisconsin Transportation Budget Picture Improves

MADISON (AP) – Wisconsin’s transportation budget picture has improved by $93 million. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on Tuesday told lawmakers that the roads fun will end the two-year budget cycle with nearly $102 million due to higher gas tax collections and lower debt service costs. The fund was originally projected to be just $8.4 million. The positive re-estimate comes…

1 Dead after Highway Washes Out Between Iowa, Wisconsin

Crawford Co Sheriff’s Office LANSING, Iowa (KSMP) – Iowa and Wisconsin authorities have closed a bridge over the Mississippi River after a washed out section caused a fatal crash Tuesday morning. The accident took place around 4:22 a.m. on Iowa Highway 82 between Lansing, Iowa and Freeman, Wisconsin. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says a 59-year-old man was on his…

60+ Chipotle Locations in Minnesota Hit by Payment Card Malware, Duluth Included

The incident took place over several weeks before the company removed it

DULUTH, Minn – Denver-based company, Chipotle, has provided specific time frames for more than 60 Minnesota locations, after the company was struck with malware that was designed to access payment card data. In a statement, the company stated the completion of an investigation with law enforcement, payment card networks, and leading cyber security firms. Chipotle indicated that during the investigation…

White House Communications Director Resigns

WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – Veteran GOP strategist Michael Dubke resigned as White House communications director on Tuesday, Dubke confirmed to Fox News. Asked about reports announcing his exit, Dubke told Fox News, “It is true.” He added: “It has been a privilege to serve this president.” Dubke said in a message to friends and associates that his reason for leaving…

All Clear After Suspicious Package at Newark Airport

Airport Needed to be Evacuated

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)  A suspicious package that forced the partial evacuation of a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport has been determined not to be a threat. Police for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey say the suspicious package was found in Terminal A on Saturday afternoon and that a partial evacuation of the departure level occurred….

Trump Budget Dismays Families Hit by Opioid Crisis

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal weakens insurance coverage for drug addiction treatment and cuts back funding for research and prevention programs. Some see that as a betrayal of those who trusted his campaign pledge to make the opioid epidemic a top priority. Those most frustrated include parents of those lost to the epidemic who shared their…

Ariana Grande to Return to Manchester for a Benefit Concert

A man stands next to flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St. Ann’s Square in central Manchester, England, Friday, May 26, 2017. British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) MANCHESTER, England (AP) – American singer Ariana Grande says she will return to…

21 Charged in Global Sex Trafficking Ring

RING HAD PROSTITUTION HOUSES IN MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) – Investigators from Minnesota assisted in breaking up an international prostitution ring that trafficked women from Thailand to cities across the United States, including Minneapolis, acting U.S. District Attorney Greg G. Broker announced Thursday. Twenty-one people have been charged with their role in the organization. Of the people charged, 10 were Thai nationals and 11 were U.S….

Trump Travel Ban Blocked; Fight Headed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. Trump’s administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 10-13 vote, the 4th…

Graco Recalls More than 25,000 Car Seats

Amazon DETROIT, Mich. (FOX NEWS) – Graco Children’s Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained. The recall affects certain My Ride 65 convertible seats with model numbers 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. The seats were made on July 22, 2014…

Faster, Higher, Rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics Damaged

(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)(AP) – More than 100 athletes from around the world say the medals they won at the Rio Olympics are damaged. The IOC and Rio organizers plan to replace them with new medals. Among those with defective medals are beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings and U.S. wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis. Walsh Jennings…

Trump Budget: More for the Military, Less for the Poor

The government hasn't seen a surplus since 2001

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed 2018 budget immediately came under attack by Democrats, and even some GOP allies deemed it…

Manchester Terror Attack Suspect Identified as Salman Abedi

(FOX NEWS) – British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who launched a deadly attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert, hours after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the blast. Salman Abedi, 23, was identified as the man who detonated an improvised explosive device at about 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, killing more than 20 people,…

Prosecutors: Times Square Driver Wanted to Kill

An 18-year-old female from Michigan was killed in the incident

Richard Rojas (AP) NEW YORK (AP) – A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians on the sidewalks of Time Square, killing a teenage tourist and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to “kill them all” and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday. Richard Rojas, 26, also told responding officers…

Rocker Chris Cornell Found Dead at Age 52

His death has been ruled a suicide

The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) – Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his band Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself Wednesday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on…

Forecasters Predicting Hotter than Normal Summer

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer-than-normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana. The National Weather Service’s summer outlook issued Thursday predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska,…

Fox News Founder, Roger Ailes, Dead at 77

(FOX NEWS) – Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at age 77. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Thursday afternoon that Ailes suffered bleeding of the brain caused by a fall at home. The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidante of presidents and an acknowledged…

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Held for Ransom by Hackers, Report Says

(FOX NEWS) – Real-life pirates are holding Disney’s most valuable pirate for ransom. Digital hackers have reportedly gotten their mitts on a copy of Disney’s new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. Deadline reports the hackers are demanding a lot of Bitcoin loot, or they will release the film online before its May 26 premiere date. According to the Hollywood Reporter,…

White House: Cyberattack has not Affected US Government

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser says that so far, no U.S. federal systems have been affected by the global cyberattack. Tom Bossert says the U.S. government has been closely monitoring the attack, which has affected an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries. He said a few U.S. businesses, including FedEx were affected. Computers across the world…

Johnson Calls Possible Trump Recording “Troubling”

Wisconsin Senator Not Calling for Special Investigator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says it “would be troubling” if President Donald Trump recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump tweeted Friday that Comey “better hope that there are no `tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.” Johnson told reporters Saturday he interpreted that to mean Comey may have…

Iowa Looks to Team Up with Minnesota for Medical Marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota. A novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. It’s not a done deal yet. The legislation creating a tightly controlled medical marijuana program is still awaiting Governor Terry Brandstad’s…

Guns Taken by Man Who Wrote Manifesto May Not Be Found

Joseph Jakubowski JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Rock County Sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure an automatic weapon and 12 handguns ditched by the man who wrote a threatening manifesto will ever be found. Authorities say they found five of the 18 weapons stolen from a Janesville area gun shop with Joseph Jakubowski after a manhunt which ended about 125 miles away in…

Sen. Klobuchar Helps Minnesota Man Who IRS Falsely Declared ‘Dead’ for 29 Years

Photo: Fox 9 BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) – A U.S. Senator from Minnesota has helped a man rectify his struggle with the IRS, which declared him dead for nearly 30 years. FOX 9 reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar managed to reverse the false declaration and Adam Ronning is now recognized as being alive by government standards. The false declaration initially…