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Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

WASHINGTON — Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country’s condition is ...

Weeding out the 2020 presidential candidates

How do we determine which governor or senator, celebrity or capitalist has what it takes to become a serious presidential candidate? Not that long ago, legendary New York Times columnist Russell Baker wrote that there was somewhere (almost certainly in the press section) a mysterious authority ...

Trump offers temporary ‘Dreamers’ deal for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump ...

People in the News

Timberlake pops in at Texas children's hospital DALLAS (AP) — Justin Timberlake pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children's hospital. Timberlake took a break from his "Man of the Woods" tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at ...

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in ...

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

ROME (AP) — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from ...

International

Congo court declares Tshisekedi president KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court has declared that Felix Tshisekedi is elected president after it rejected challenges to the vote by the runner-up, Martin Fayulu. The declaration came minutes after it turned away Fayulu's request ...

National

Slick road leads to 15-vehicle pileup ST. GENEVIEVE, MO (AP) — A 15-vehicle crash has blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri as snow from a massive winter storm swept through the area and slicked roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation issued the news of the ...

Minnesota

Minnesota high school gets $45K grant for food truck project BYRON, Minn. (AP) — A high school in southeastern Minnesota has received a $45,000 grant to give students the experience of running a food truck business. The Bush Foundation recently awarded Byron High School with the grant ...

More lenient state laws could chill low-alcohol beer market

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Until October, Oklahoma grocery ...

Gov. Burgum to work with Minn., S.D. governors

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is working to develop relationships with the new governors who recently took office in neighboring South Dakota and Minnesota. Burgum wants to collaborate with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who took office this month, on the $2.75 billion ...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing ...

History

Local History 50 years ago: The New Ulm FFA team finsihed third in the hog judging contest at the state Poland China show and sale here. 10 years ago: New Ulm Police Chief Erv Weinkauf received a state award at the Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annual Mid-Winter ...

Local Outlook

A 50 percent chance of snow today, mainly before 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 6. Wind chill values as low as -16. East wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -16. Southeast wind 5 to ...

Lotteries

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Multiple women eyeing 2020 race hands Democrats a ‘wonderful challenge’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the ...

Alaskan aftershocks rattle residents

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety. They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the ...

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The ...

Fireball at illegal Mexico gasoline pipeline tap kills 71; 85 missing

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he'd seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognize missing friends. He couldn't. Only a handful of the remains had skin. Dozens were burned to the bone or to ...

Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American veteran after rally

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys' high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the ...