Politics
January 11
Brian Garthwaite, an FDA compliance officer who is currently furloughed and president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3381, h

As shutdown drags on, Minnesota's federal lawmakers hold to party line

Democrats back measures to reopen shuttered agencies, while Republicans back Trump's call for border wall.
National
January 11

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Obama support for wall

With the deceptive use of a video, President Donald Trump on Thursday heartily thanked his White House predecessor for supporting his policy at the Mexican border. Barack Obama has offered no such support; only criticism.
National
January 11
FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, walks along a sidewalk in New York. Cohen will tes

Cohen, ex-Trump lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo of a promised Democratic effort to scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia.
National
January 10

2nd man who died at California home of political donor ID'd

A second man who died at the Southern California apartment of a Democratic donor in less than two years was identified Thursday as a fitness buff who once won a gold medal at the Gay Games and was looking forward to a year of personal and professional growth.
National
January 10

The Latest: Wisconsin couple describes finding Jayme Closs

The Latest on authorities in Wisconsin finding 13-year-old Jayme Closs alive nearly three months after her parents were killed and she disappeared (all times local):
National
January 10
President Donald Trump spoke as he tours the U.S.-Mexico border at the Rio Grandenear McAllen, Texas, on Thursday. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was at righ

At the border, Trump moves closer to emergency declaration

Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.
National
January 10

How you (and your finances) can survive the federal shutdown

There's no end in sight to the partial federal shutdown and, more distressing to federal workers, no paycheck in sight either.The shutdown has furloughed 380,000…
National
January 10

Local Texas GOP rejects outing vice chair over his faith

Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as their party vice chairman following infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs.
National
January 10

The Latest: Trump moves closer to emergency declaration

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local):
West Metro
January 10

Minnetonka city clerk to become Minnesota's next state elections director

David Maeda helped roll out state's first electronic poll books in Minnetonka.
Local
January 10
New State Rep. Hunter Cantrell, DFL-Savage, shown speaking to members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in front of the House chamber as

Minn. legislator proposes ban on therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation

Democratic Rep. Hunter Cantrell of Savage is reviving the proposed ban in the state House. Gov. Tim Walz backs the proposal.
National
January 10

Feds to examine limo 3 months after wreck that killed 20

Some federal employees furloughed under the government shutdown may be recalled to start examining a limousine that crashed in rural upstate New York three months ago, killing 20 people, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
National
January 10

New Orleans moves closer to short-term rental restrictions

A prohibition on "whole-home" vacation rentals such as those arranged online by Airbnb moved closer to reality Thursday in New Orleans.
National
January 10

The Latest: Local Texas GOP reject ousting Muslim vice chair

The Latest on an effort to oust a Muslim surgeon from a top position in a local Texas Republican Party (all times local):
National
January 10

Government shutdown won't stop MLK holiday week observances

The government shutdown has shuttered popular Atlanta tourist attractions tied to the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. but won't derail 10 days of events leading up to Jan. 21 — the federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader.
National
January 10

California governor offers $144B budget, sees big surplus

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a state budget proposal Thursday that seemingly does it all — boosts spending toward his ambitious campaign promises and sets aside significant contributions toward debts and savings.
Local
January 10

Shutdown could hit Minn. advocacy groups for victims of abuse, sexual assault

Victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault could face a loss of services.
National
January 10

Commission recommends machine-marked ballots for Georgia

After Georgia's 2018 elections focused stinging criticism on the state's outdated election system, a study commission voted Thursday to recommend the use of machines that record votes and print a record.
National
January 10

Man who fired on police station sentenced to 195 years

A gunman sentenced to 195 years in prison for an attack on a police station apologized Thursday to the parents of an undercover narcotics detective who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during the ambush.
National
January 10

Timeline: Life and death of ex-Nazi guard deported from US

Major events in the life of Jakiw Palij, the 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported to Germany last August after living quietly…