Minnesota could receive more than $300 million as part of a multi-state settlement with four drug makers.

Minnesota county, city associations agree to opioid settlement that could net state $300M

Under terms of massive multistate deal, local governments must also sign on to maximize money allocated to state.

Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting maps

December 6
FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, on Nov. 8, 2021. The Department of Justic
The Justice Department sued Texas on Monday over its new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against minority voters, particularly Latinos, who have fueled the state's population boom.

Trump media venture eyed by regulators; names Nunes CEO

December 6
Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told his constituents that he will be retiring from Congress at the end of this month.
Regulators are looking into the deal that would bring Donald Trump's new social media company to the stock market, one that has attracted both legions of fans of the former president and people looking to make a quick profit.
MMB Commissioner Jim Schowalter announced that Minnesota’s budget and economic forecast shows a projected $7.7 billion surplus.

Minnesota projected to have historic $7.7B budget surplus

Growth in income, consumer spending and corporate profits boosted state revenue.

Charlottesville's Lee statue to be melted down for new art

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that drew violent protests to Charlottesville, Virginia, will be melted down and turned into a new piece of public art by an African American heritage center.

Socialist Kshama Sawant faces recall vote in Seattle

A controversial member of the Seattle City Council – firebrand socialist Kshama Sawant – faces a recall election Tuesday one month after voters chose moderate candidates over progressives in the general election.
FILE - President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.

Biden-Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin squared off Tuesday over the massive buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, the U.S. president eager to use his video call with Putin to serve notice that Moscow will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine.

Attorney says Meadows won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

In an abrupt reversal, an attorney for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said his client will not cooperate with a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing a breakdown in negotiations with the panel.

ArtPlace America shows why culture matters to communities

Sometime in the next few years, crews dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency will roll into Ashland, Massachusetts, population 19,000, and begin a $20.5 million cleanup of groundwater contaminated by waste from a chemical dye plant. That day will mark a victory for the town, where cancer deaths have been linked to toxins from the factory, which operated from 1917 to 1978. Among those buried and mourned are teens and young adults who grew up playing in puddles and ponds turned blue, purple, and other candy colors by the plant's discharges.

Gunman opens fire in Moscow services center, kills 2 people

A gunman opened fire in a Moscow government services center and killed two people Tuesday, reportedly after being told to put on a face mask, authorities and Russia media said. Four other people were wounded.

Cambodian mass trial against government opponents reopens

A mass trial of critics and opponents of Cambodia's government charged with treason for their nonviolent political activities resumed Tuesday, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent.

UN court orders Azerbaijan, Armenia not to aggravate dispute

Judges at the United Nations' top court ordered Azerbaijan on Tuesday to protect all the prisoners it captured during the country's war last year with neighboring Armenia, to prevent incitement of racial hatred against Armenians and to punish vandalism of Armenian cultural heritage.

Burundi says prison fire kills 38 inmates in Gitega

Burundi's government says 38 prisoners have been killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Gitega, the country's political capital.

Omicron confirmed in nine African countries, say officials

Omicron cases have been confirmed in at least nine African countries, with some officials reporting that initial cases appear to be mild.

Spain approves COVID vaccine for children in 5-11 age group

Spain's health ministry gave the go-ahead Tuesday for children between ages 5 and 11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks.

US trade deficit narrows in October as exports rebound

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $67.1 billion in October, the lowest in six months, after hitting a record high in September. A big rebound in exports helped to offset a much smaller rise in imports.

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Poland to require vaccine shots for teachers, medics, police

Poland is introducing mandatory vaccinations by March 1 for teachers, medical workers, and uniformed security workers like police, the military, firefighters and security guards.

Republican Martin joins crowded lieutenant governor race

A former official in two prior Republican gubernatorial administrations joined the crowded GOP lieutenant governor's race on Tuesday.

Belgian health workers rally to oppose mandatory vaccines

Thousands of Belgian health care workers rallied Tuesday in Brussels to oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and to demand better working conditions as a surge in new cases weighs heavily on hospitals.

Airbnb's nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017.

Dutch court upholds Gantz immunity in Israeli airstrike case

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike.

California's governor writes children's book about dyslexia

California Gov. Gavin Newsom still can't spell the word "dress." He can't read aloud from a piece of paper in public. That's why his speeches are long, mostly from memory and sprinkled with some awkward moments when his words bump into each other.