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President Trump danced down the catwalk to the YMCA as his supporters cheered him on after his speech on Friday. ]ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startr

President Trump to campaign in Rochester on Friday

Republican incumbent comes back to Minnesota as presidential campaign heads into final weekend.

Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique

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Then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and then-Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor met with Honduran President
A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name "Anonymous" revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

As virus surges in Wisconsin, GOP leader open to more aid

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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
Coronavirus cases that hit record highs this week in Wisconsin continued to soar on Wednesday, and a Republican legislative leader said he was open to approving more aid to combat the virus in the face of a new poll that shows sinking approval ratings for lawmakers less than a week before Election Day.
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Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats.
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Porn star Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to new rape charges

Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of rape and sexual assault involving six victims, including a teenage girl, prosecutors…
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Whitmer, Benson defend election integrity amid Trump attacks

Michigan's Democratic governor and top elections official on Wednesday defended the integrity of the election amid continued attacks from President Donald Trump, saying results may take longer in close contests because of the surge in absentee voting in the battleground state, but that every valid ballot would be counted.
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US Senate candidate Lewis out of hospital after 2-night stay

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis of Minnesota was released from a hospital Wednesday afternoon following a two-night stay for emergency internal hernia surgery, the campaign said in a release.
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Minnesota U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released from hospital after emergency surgery

The former congressman said he is walking, feeling well and on his way to his Woodbury home.
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Perdue, Ossoff meet in 2nd Georgia Senate debate

Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate Wednesday night in a bitter race in which both sides have flooded the airwaves with attack ads.
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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon had reached an agreement with a citizens group allowing ballots to be counted as late as Nov. 10 as long as t

Trump, state GOP candidates seek to segregate late-arriving mail ballots

The petition is part of an ongoing Republican challenge to Minnesota's absentee ballot deadline extension.
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Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:___Oct. 27The Los Angeles Times on the Dodgers' World Series win:For the second time in this…
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The Latest: Minnesota cautions against traditional Halloween

Minnesota health officials are warning against traditional Halloween festivities amid the recent rise in coronavirus cases statewide.
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Feds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatments

Federal health officials Wednesday issued insurance coverage rules designed to deliver on the promise that every American will have access to free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved.
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Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclear whether those ballots will ultimately be counted.
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ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont

The federal government has agreed not to deport three immigrant activists in Vermont who sued two years ago after they were arrested, saying they were targeted in retaliation for their activism, according to the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Vermont.
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Developer tied to Texas AG accused judge, others of fraud

An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked for an investigation into his uncorroborated claims that other businessmen have an elaborate conspiracy to steal $200 million worth of his properties with the help of a federal judge.
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Then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, and Miles Taylor, left, then the chief of staff for the Department of Homeland security, lef

The Latest: Trump calls 'Anonymous' critic a 'sleazebag'

The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):
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DNR board signs off on firefighting foram regulations

Wisconsin environmental regulators approved an emergency rule Wednesday that restricts the use of firefighting foam and lays out steps to treat PFAS chemicals.
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In Florida's Old South, a new political battleground emerges

The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican power.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend election

Under fire from President Donald Trump and his allies, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google rebuffed accusations of anti-conservative bias at a Senate hearing Wednesday and promised to aggressively defend their platforms from being used to sow chaos in next week's election.
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Barrett confirmation rises as issue in Kentucky Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a victory lap Wednesday for shepherding Amy Coney Barrett onto the U.S. Supreme Court, while his Democratic challenger questioned his priorities.
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Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY care home deaths

The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities.
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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took part in a public service announcement urging Minnesotans to vote.

In video, 4 Minnesota governors call for 'civility' around election

They released a public service announcement Wednesday.