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Mueller concludes probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges Friday, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency but launching a fresh wave of political battles over the still-confidential ...

Walz tweaks budget plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a series of tweaks to his budget proposal Friday to reflect projected slower economic growth but stood by his tax plans, which have aroused strong Republican opposition. The Democratic governor said at a news conference that his administration ...

Singer dies when gun accidentally fires

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — A country music singer has died in Texas after his manager says a revolver he was handling during a music video shoot accidentally discharged. Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack says 35-year-old Justin Carter died last weekend at his apartment in ...

PolyMet gets final permit for state mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday. The Corps said it issued the permit late Tuesday. It deals with the steps PolyMet ...

People in the News

Dr. Duhamel: Honorary doctorate for film star GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel is soon to be a doctor in his native North Dakota. The "Transformers" star will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the University of North Dakota's spring commencement ceremony ...

Trump intervenes, reverses planned North Korea sanctions with a tweet

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he had reversed his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea — a move that left officials at the Treasury Department and observers across Washington scratching their heads. Trump delivered the news ...

Flight attendant detained by immigration on return to US

A Texas flight attendant who was enrolled in the government's program for "Dreamers" flew to Mexico for work and was stopped by immigration authorities who forced her to spend more than a month in detention, her attorney said. Selene Saavedra Roman, 28, who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as ...

International

Mexico accounts for final 'ghost' prisoners at penal colony MEXICO CITY (AP) — As they closed down the last island penal colony in the hemisphere after more than a century, Mexican authorities faced a conundrum: they had lost track of 16 inmates registered at the Islas Marias ...

National

R Kelly defense emerges, including saying accusers are lying CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he's in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, ...

Minnesota

Governor, 2 other Democrats set to fill sandbags in Hastings ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three Minnesota Democrats plan to join in the flood fight in the Hastings area. Gov. Tim Walz, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and state Sen. Karla Bigham are scheduled to help fill sandbags Saturday morning to help ...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, sparking a flurry of legal maneuvering as both sides jockeyed for position before the court makes ...

White cop cleared in fatal shooting of black teenager

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury acquitted a white former police officer Friday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager as he was fleeing a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh, a confrontation that was captured on video and led to weeks of unrest. Former East Pittsburgh Police ...

Lotteries

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History

Local History 50 years ago: Mary Green of St. Mary’s Grade School in New Ulm, won the local spelling bee at the courthouse. 10 years ago: New Ulm’s Herberger’s store reopened for business after a small fire that caused minor damage to the store’s merchandise. 5 years ago: ...

Local Outlook

Sunny today, with a high near 57. South southeast wind around 5 mph. A 50 percent chance of rain at night. Increasing clouds, with a low around 36. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday...A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48. North northeast wind 5 to 10 ...

Dear Annie: How to deal with loss of a child

Dear Readers: I received a great deal of helpful feedback for "Heartbroken on Valentine's Day." Thank you to everyone who wrote in. Dear Annie: I also had a son who died on Valentine's Day. His name was Robert, and he was 11 1/2 years old when he passed away 28 years ago. He will always be a ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

In 1962, the artist John Cocteau filmed a speech for the inhabitants of 2000, in hopes they were not all robots. He complained that the same house was being built everywhere, a problem he hoped was not occurring in the future, though of course was and still is. Mercury and Neptune try to help ...

International

Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of ...

National

Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being prosecuted because they are ...

Minnesota

Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched ...