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Minnesota Fears Costs of GOP Health Care Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they're discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The…

Bush Promotes New Book, Reflects on Painting and the Press

  NEW YORK (AP) - Former President George W. Bush says he didn't intend to criticize President Donald Trump when he recently said that a free press is essential to democracy. Speaking by telephone Tuesday with The Associated Press, Bush…

Target Rattles Wall Street with Weak Quarter

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - Target Corp. on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $817 million. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of $1.45 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of…

Legal Bills Disputed in Ongoing Defamation Case in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle are fighting over legal bills that mounted during Ventura's defamation lawsuit. The Star Tribune reports the attorneys for Kyle's widow say Ventura…

Trump Budget will Hike Defense Spending by $54 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't…

President Trump to Skip Correspondents' Dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump says he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this spring. In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes ``everyone well and have a great…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend's Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for…

Agency Publishes Timetable for Mexico Border Wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. The agency said Friday on a website for federal contractors that a request for bids…

Trump Signs Executive Order to Reduce Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump  has signed a new executive order taking aim at government regulations. The president says the order will direct each federal agency to establish a regulator reform task force. The task forces will then recommend…

Ohio, Wisconsin Leaders Prepare for Trump Effect

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces as they prepare for massive changes in how the federal government under president Donald Trump deals with states. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberg and Wisconsin Assembly…

Dayton Blasts Trump's Transgender Bathroom Reversal

ST. PAUL (AP) - Governor Mark Dayton is urging Minnesota schools to continue allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. His Thursday pronouncement follows President Donald Trump administration's decision this week to lift an Obama-era directive. It…

Mother Has Message for Missing Son

DULUTH, Minn.-Today marks the 44th birthday for Christopher Kerze, who went missing from Eagan April 20, 1990 when he was 17-years-old. After he went missing, his parents received a note allegedly from…

State Lawmakers Channel Grief Into Fight Against Opioids

ST. PAUL (AP) - In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. In Minnesota, for…

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