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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…

Police Officer Killed While Replying to Traffic Accident

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting Monday while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier, officials said. The two city police…

Trump Announces New National Security Adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla (AP) - President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent…

Proposal: Regulate Powdered Alcohol Like Liquid Alcohol

MADISON (AP) - Two Democratic state lawmakers have proposed subjecting powdered alcohol to the same regulations as liquid alcohol. Senator Tim Carpenter and Representative Debra Kloste said Monday they've introduced a bill to expand the state's definition of alcohol to…

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Dies in NYC at 64

NEW YORK (AP) - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladamire Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his…

Blind Cleric Serving Life Sentence Dies in Prison

BUTNER, N.C. (AP) _ A federal prison official says a blind Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in the United States in connection with a failed plot to blow up landmarks in New York City has died. Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman…

Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade Passes Away

DALLAS (AP) Norma McCorvey, the ``Jane Roe'' at the center of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has died. She was 69. Journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey, says she died Saturday…

Minnesota Lawmaker Strengthens Bid to Lead DNC

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley's announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta…

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Head of EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt was approved on Friday by a vote of 52-46. Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma's attorney general and was closely aligned…

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