Gov. Tim Walz spoke at a gun-control rally on Aug. 7, 2019, at the Capitol. Failure to consolidate DFL control means that background check and red-fla

Gun control efforts in Minnesota took a back seat in November's vote

Minnesota gun-control activists hoped that 2020 would be a pivotal year for advancing background check and red-flag legislation. The divided Legislature means those bills will likely meet another blockade in 2021.

Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none

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Election bureau staff Deb McDonald opens provisional ballots at the Schuylkill County Election Bureau in Pottsville, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. De
As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump's failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania.

Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

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In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo former Secretary of State John Kerry smiles while speaking at a campaign stop to support Democratic presidential cand
President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama-era officials for top national security and economic roles, signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration's "America First" policies that disparaged international alliances and favored deregulation and tax cuts.
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract ta

GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump

General Motors is switching sides in the legal fight against California's right to set its own clean-air standards, abandoning the Trump administration as the president's term nears its close.
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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, spoke at the Queen theater, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

Michigan certifies Biden win; a setback for Trump challenge

Michigan election officials on Monday certified Democrat Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the state, another setback for President Donald Trump in his futile effort to undermine the results of the Nov. 3 election through baseless legal challenges and unsupported claims of fraud.
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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump receives the White House Christmas Tree in Washington on November 23, 2020. The tree is an 18 and 1/2 foot tall Fraser f

White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the midst of a pandemic.
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In this 2016 file photo, then-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Financial Services Committee

AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic policies at a perilous time, according to a person familiar with the transition plans.
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States impose new rules, plead with public to stop spread

State and local officials nationwide are imposing new coronavirus restrictions and pleading with the public in an increasingly desperate attempt to stop the explosive spread…
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Nebraska police chief defends officers in fatal traffic stop

Omaha's police chief said Monday that two officers acted appropriately when a Black man was fatally shot during a Nebraska traffic stop last week because the man repeatedly didn't comply with their commands, but video of the confrontation won't be immediately released.
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Ex-Homeland Security official Mayorkas returns under Biden

President-elect Joe Biden is turning to a veteran of the Department of Homeland Security to lead the agency created after the Sept. 11 attacks but reshaped by President Donald Trump to carry out his hardline immigration and law enforcement agenda.
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Report: Mobile fingerprinting a core tool in US deportations

A mobile fingerprinting app U.S. immigration agents use to run remote ID checks in the field has become a core tool in President Donald Trump's deportation crackdown, a pair of immigration rights groups say in a new report based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
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Latest: Judge sides with California governor on restrictions

A California judge on Monday denied a request to temporarily restore indoor service at restaurants and gyms in San Diego County that were forced to move operations outside earlier this month to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous of Trump

Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to list the names of 21 Republican senators who he says have "repeatedly expressed contempt" for Donald Trump and his fitness to be president.
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BLM flag can fly, but only if 21 others do too, city decides

A Vermont city approved raising the Black Lives Matter Flag, the "Thin Blue Line" flag and 20 other flags in a resolution that one city councilor called a "compromise" to satisfy opponents of a BLM proposal.

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, reversing earlier decisions stemming from legal battles over abortion.

Georgia counties set to start recount requested by Trump

After the Trump campaign requested a recount of the presidential ballots in Georgia, county election workers have just over a week to complete the new tally, a top elections official said Monday.

Republicans, biz leaders push for action on Biden transition

Pressure is increasing on President Donald Trump's administration to authorize a formal transition process for President-elect Joe Biden as an increasing number of Republicans, national security experts and business leaders say it is time for that process to move forward.

C.H. Robinson warns U.S. companies could be missing chance at tariff refunds

C.H. Robinson warns of a year-end deadline to claim millions of dollars.

Biden's choice for UN envoy signals return to US engagement

Joe Biden's pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a low-key, veteran foreign service officer, reflects the president-elect's intent to return to a more traditional role at the world body as well as offer an olive branch to a beleaguered diplomatic corps.
Legislators from both sides of the aisle joined forces Monday to encourage Minnesotans to wear masks and social distance over the holidays. s ANTHONY

Two Republicans join Minn. House Democrats in urging coronavirus caution

Organizers declined to provide a list of lawmakers who signed the pledge.

New York state sues Buffalo diocese over priest misconduct

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave.

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Toy safety group releases annual list of top 10 'worst' toys

Cute plastic animals with tiny accessories that pose a choking hazard, Black Panther-inspired claws with the potential to cause facial or eye injuries, and green slime that could be harmful if swallowed: These are just some of the items on an annual list of potentially dangerous toys released Monday by a consumer advocacy group.