National
April 15

Chicago prosecutor to start erasing pot convictions soon

A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope.
National
April 15

August sentencing for man who mailed bombs to Trump critics

A Florida man who pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump will be sentenced in August rather than September, a judge said Monday.
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April 15
The Midwest is expected to be a crucial battleground in the 2020 race, with Dakota County and other swing congressional districts helping to shape the

Dakota County, growing U.S. burbs could flex power in 2020

Dakota County voters want focus on ideas, not partisan extremes.
National
April 15

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday.
National
April 15

Interior watchdog probes agency's newly confirmed chief

The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just four days after the Senate confirmed the former corporate lobbyist to lead the agency.
National
April 15

Video: Officers shoot man after telling him to drop gun

Police video released Monday shows an officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, fatally shooting a man who was armed but didn't point his weapon at authorities.
National
April 15

The Latest: Former Gov. Riley remembers Hollings' loyalty

The Latest on the funeral of Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings (all times local):
National
April 15

Trump offers unsolicited advice on fighting Notre Dame fire

As a catastrophic inferno tore through a cultural treasure, President Donald Trump assessed the response from 4,000 miles away and offered unsolicited advice for firefighters trying to save Paris' Notre Dame cathedral.
National
April 15

Officers fatally shoot suspect in death of Washington deputy

Authorities on Monday identified the man they say killed a Washington state sheriff's deputy before being fatally shot by officers following a day-long manhunt.
National
April 15

Chinese woman who entered Mar-a-Lago denied bail

A federal judge denied bail Monday for a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, saying her actions and statements suggest "she was up to something nefarious" and there is an "extreme risk of flight" if she were released.
National
April 15

Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers

Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.
National
April 15

Ecuador rejects claims that Assange was treated unfairly

Ecuador said Monday that it was not unfairly targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when it revoked his asylum last week.
National
April 15

Trump seeks mileage for tax cuts at truck company appearance

President Donald Trump played up the benefits of his tax cuts on Monday's tax filing day in a state where he's aiming to turn a narrow defeat in the 2016 presidential race into a victory in his re-election bid next year.
National
April 15

Mnuchin says Fed independence is important globally

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Federal Reserve's independence is important globally, while refusing to comment on President Donald Trump's latest attack on the Fed.
National
April 15

Evers creates task force to combat payroll fraud

Gov. Tony Evers is creating a task force to investigate ways to crack down on businesses that misclassify workers and conduct payroll fraud.
National
April 15

In 'FUCT' fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

None of the Supreme Court's justices wanted to say the four-letter word.
National
April 15

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.
National
April 15

Minnesota governor, first lady release returns on Tax Day

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and first lady Gwen Walz have marked Tax Day by releasing their 2018 federal and state tax returns.
National
April 15

North Dakota governor 'read every letter' on abortion bill

Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Monday that he carefully considered all arguments before signing legislation that makes it a crime for a doctor performing a second-trimester abortion to use instruments such as clamps, scissors and forceps to remove the fetus from the womb.
National
April 15

Court rejects bid to save Louisiana Confederate monument

A judge was right when he cleared the way to remove a Confederate monument at a north Louisiana courthouse, a federal appeals court has ruled. A local official applauded the decision but said the case probably isn't over.