December 5, 2018

Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash

Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.
December 5, 2018

Border agent indicted for capital murder in 4 Texas deaths

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to "clean up the streets" of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said Wednesday while announcing that a grand jury had indicted the man for capital murder.
December 5, 2018
A 2018 DFL precinct caucus meeting in Eden Prairie in February.

Minnesota officials thinking about mail-only ballots for 2020 presidential primary

Backers of the mail-only ballot say it will make it easier to administer the election.
December 5, 2018

Bemidji Democrat holds on to win state House recount

Persell will be chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee.
December 5, 2018

Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders' power

Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests.
December 5, 2018

The Latest: Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

The Latest on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general (all times local):
December 5, 2018
The Minnesota State Capitol

Federal government reduces estimate for Minnesota's reinsurance funding

Minnesota lawmakers are alarmed by the move, which means $100 million less in 2020 and beyond.
December 5, 2018
Terry Parisi and her brother, John Parisi, joined a protest in Madison on Monday night against the legislation shifting power to the Wisconsin Legisla

Wisconsin legislative votes draw critical reaction, including in western part of state

It would weaken powers for incoming governor.
December 5, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, shown in February.

Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case

The Constitution says you can't be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction.
December 5, 2018

The Latest: Bush's body to lie in repose all night at church

The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):
December 5, 2018

Top Kamala Harris aide resigns over harassment settlement

A top aide to California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice.
December 5, 2018

Miss America terminates agreements with NJ, NY and FL

There they go. Miss America state groups in three more states have had their licenses revoked by the Miss America Organization following a bitter, high-stakes clash between state pageants and the national leadership headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
December 5, 2018

Senate resolution would blame Saudis for journalist's death

A bipartisan group of senators is introducing a measure that says Saudi Arabia's crown prince is "complicit" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
December 5, 2018

Kentucky lawmaker back in leadership after harassment case

Republican leaders in Kentucky have restored a state lawmaker to his leadership position more than a year after he signed a secret sexual harassment settlement.
December 5, 2018

Regents pick lone finalist for U of Minnesota president

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Wednesday advanced Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, as the single finalist for the president's job at Minnesota's landmark university.
December 5, 2018

Qatari man in basketball lawsuit gets diplomatic immunity

A Qatari investor who once met with Donald Trump's presidential transition team has been given "full immunity from all aspects of civil litigation" after a lawsuit accused him of stiffing fellow investors in rapper Ice Cube's 3-on-3 pro basketball league.
December 5, 2018

The Latest: Prosecutor calls woman who escaped 'very brave'

The Latest on the indictment of a U.S. Border Patrol agent on a capital murder charge in the slaying of four women (all times local):
December 5, 2018

Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York

Spinning off from the special counsel's Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter.
December 5, 2018

Search under way after US military planes collide off Japan

A search is under way for crew members from two Marine Corps planes involved in what the military called a "mishap" off the coast of Japan.
December 5, 2018

US appeals court upholds New Jersey limit on ammunition

A split U.S. appeals court has upheld a New Jersey law that limits the amount of ammunition a single gun magazine can hold.