A 2015 aerial photo shows an agricultural field in Sebeka, Minn. The mixed pine forests of central Minnesota are rapidly being replaced to grow irriga

Minnesota lawmakers consider steeper fines for violating limits on water use

The proposals follow revelations of excessive water use by farmers and others during the 2021 drought.

In Trump probe, key witness returns, no indictment vote yet

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Former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, March 4, 2023, a
A pivotal figure in the hush money payment investigation of Donald Trump returned on Monday to the building where a grand jury has been meeting for months, a repeat appearance suggesting his testimony could be key as prosecutors push toward potential criminal charges.

Walz family will move as the governor's residence gets $6.3M overhaul

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Protesters gathered outside the Minnesota governor’s residence for a demonstration in 2020.
The state will pay about $330,000 to rent a house for the governor's family for 18 months in Sunfish Lake.
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Harris in Africa looks to painful past, innovative future

Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday stood before a monument commemorating Ghana's independence from colonialism and envisioned a grand future between the U.S. and Africa, propelled by innovation on the continent. But she's also insisting on exploring past wounds, heading to a seaside fort where enslaved Africans were loaded onto ships bound for the Americas.
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Mounted police disperses anti-government protest inTel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 27, 2023. Tens of thousands Israelis protest against Prime Minister

Israel tensions ease as Netanyahu pauses judicial overhaul

Israel's political factions opposed to embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began setting up negotiating teams Tuesday after he paused a controversial judicial overhaul plan that had triggered unprecedented street protests and a spiraling domestic crisis.
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Indonesia's stance on Israel overshadows world soccer event

Indonesia could lose its chance to host a global youth soccer tournament, and its chance to qualify for the 2026 World Cup, after refusing to welcome a team from Israel.
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A protester throws an item during a demonstration Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in Nantes, western France. The fresh wave of strikes and protests is the 10t

France sees new pension protests, police brace for violence

Protests and strikes against unpopular pension reforms gripped France again Tuesday, with many thousands marching and the Eiffel Tower closed and police ramping up security amid government warnings that radical demonstrators intended ''to destroy, to injure and to kill."
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Ukrainian president extends tour of war's front-line areas

Ukraine's president visited the Sumy region in northern Ukraine on Tuesday, continuing his tour over recent days of areas of the country that have felt the brunt of Russia's full-scale invasion and as the stage increasingly looks set for a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

French court refuses to extradite Italian former militants

France's highest court ruled Tuesday against extraditing 10 former far-left militants who were convicted of attacks in Italy carried out in the 1970s and 1980s.

New sports wagering code bans college betting partnerships

The U.S. gambling industry is adopting a new responsible marketing code that will ban sports books from partnering with colleges to promote sports wagering, bar payments to college and amateur athletes for using their name, image or likeness, and end the use of the terms ''free'' or ''risk-free'' to describe promotional bets.

US makes corporate transparency commitment with 20 nations

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will announce America's commitment to enhancing corporate transparency along with more than 20 other countries at the Summit for Democracy on Tuesday.
Mark Hamill salutes as he arrives at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2019.

Feel the Force: Hamill carries 'Star Wars' voice to Ukraine

''Attention. Air raid alert,'' the voice says with a Jedi knight's gravitas. ''Proceed to the nearest shelter.''

MI5 hikes Northern Ireland terror threat level to 'severe'

The U.K.'s MI5 intelligence service on Tuesday raised the terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland' to ''severe'' amid an increase in activity by dissident Irish republican militants.

Suu Kyi's party faces dissolution in military-ruled Myanmar

The political party led by Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to face automatic dissolution by the military-appointed election commission on midnight Tuesday because it declined to register for a planned general election it denounced as a sham.

Bomb threats close schools across Bulgaria for 2nd day

Dozens of schools across Bulgaria were closed and their students evacuated for a second consecutive day following bomb threats that were made by email and phone.

Georgia bill is latest GOP effort targeting prosecutors

A new Georgia commission to discipline and remove wayward prosecutors would be the latest move nationwide to ratchet up oversight on what Republicans see as ''woke prosecutors'' who aren't doing enough to fight crime.

Fed official: SVB itself was main cause of bank's failure

The nation's top financial regulator is asserting that Silicon Valley Bank's own management was largely to blame for the bank's failure earlier this month and says the Federal Reserve will review whether a 2018 law that weakened stricter bank rules also contributed to its collapse.

Why does Russia want tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus?

Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus appears to be another attempt to raise the stakes in the conflict in Ukraine.

Greek prime minister calls general election for May 21

Greece's center-right prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called a May 21 general election Tuesday as his party's long-standing lead in opinion polls has declined in the aftermath of the country's worst train disaster.

Former Taiwan leader begins mainland tour at historic tomb

Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou began a 12-day tour of China with a symbolism-laden visit to the mausoleum where a founding figure revered in both China and Taiwan is entombed.

China ambassador arrives in North Korea in sign of reopening

China said Tuesday its new ambassador to North Korea has taken up his post, in a sign the North is reopening amid reports it has been suffering heavily from the COVID-19 pandemic and food shortages.

In North Carolina, Biden to compare economic plan with GOP's

President Joe Biden will visit an expanding North Carolina semiconductor manufacturer on Tuesday as he launches an extended effort to spotlight the impact legislation passed earlier in his administration is having on the U.S. economy and contrast his vision with that of Republicans as they square off on budget priorities.

Russia says it test-fired anti-ship missiles in Sea of Japan

Moscow test-fired anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan, Russia's Defense Ministry said Tuesday, with two boats launching a simulated missile attack on a mock enemy warship about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away.

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