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US jobless rate falls to nearly 1969 levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month of strong hiring drove the nation's unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent — tantalizingly close to the level last seen in 1969, when Detroit still dominated the auto industry and the Vietnam War was raging. Employers added 233,000 jobs in May, up from ...

People in the News

Chris Cuomo believes there's room in the middle NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Cuomo envisions his new CNN prime-time show as a haven for independent thinkers who want their preconceptions tested. His challenge is finding enough people who want that on a cable news network. He's swimming against a ...

From distillers to farmers, trade war would cause casualties

WASHINGTON (AP) — If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss. The likelihood of a trade ...

Missouri governor quits in scandal, signs ‘revenge porn’ law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just hours before he left office Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed scores of new laws, including a measure that makes it a crime to try to threaten a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation that led to his downfall. In the flurry of ...

International

Pope summons oil execs to Vatican to talk climate change VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with some of the world's oil executives next week, likely to give them another moral nudge to clean up their act on global warming. Climate change policy and science experts are ...

National

Records: DNA from tissue led to Golden State Killer arrest SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DNA from a tissue left in a trash can led authorities in April to arrest a former police officer suspected of being California's notorious, elusive Golden State Killer, according to warrants released ...

Minnesota

Iowa motorcyclist dies in crash with horse in SE Minnesota MABEL, Minn. (AP) — A motorcyclist from Iowa is dead after colliding with a horse in southeastern Minnesota. Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase says the crash was reported about 11:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 44 west of ...

Republicans poised to gain Senate seats in ’18

Last December, Democrat Doug Jones won a Senate race in Alabama by defeating a horribly flawed Republican candidate Roy Moore. For the first time, it appeared that the Democrats had a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in 2018. The Republican advantage was trimmed to a 51-49 ...

Is America’s racial divide permanent?

For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC’s hit show “Roseanne,” there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” declaimed Channing Dungey, the black ...

The border hysteria

One of the rules of our politics is that it’s permissible to accuse the Trump administration of anything, and the claim that it “lost” 1,475 migrant children fits the bill. It has lit up social media and made the debate over a new Trump policy of “zero tolerance” at the border even ...

Five deaths now linked to romaine lettuce

NEW YORK (AP) — Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five. Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The growing season there ended six weeks ago, and it's ...

Lotteries

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History

Local History 50 years ago: The New Ulm Plant of Kraft Foods Company was presented the Award of Honor for it excellency in safety by the National Safety Council. 10 years ago: Doug Lund of New Ulm was appointed area chairman of Ducks Unlimited, and Jeff Olson of Wabasso was appointed zone ...

Local Outlook

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3pm. High near 72. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. ...

Dear Annie: Kids and screen time

Dear Annie: Last night, my husband and I had our date night at a local Italian restaurant. Sitting next to us were four high school girls eating dinner. All four of them were on their phones. It appeared to me that two were texting each other while the other two were looking at social media and ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Trine of Relationship Feng Shui Relationships are structures, built on the foundations of common ground, supported by beams of trust, shared preferences, natural chemistry and more. Secrets are invisible walls that ruin the feng shui. Secrets limit and restrict the flow of energy. The lucky ...

Trans teen not accepted by parents

Dear Annie: I am a healthy, strong teenager who goes to a great school. I have a roof over my head and food on the table, but there is one problem: I’m transgender, and my parents refuse to accept me. I came out to them about three years ago as gay, before I fully understood what was going on ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Lucky Lively Trines Two lucky lively trines offer a cosmic tip: When looking for something to add to the conversation, start with energy. This is more important than adding a lot of other things, such as a timely and appropriate response, accurate information, etc. A robot or a quick internet ...

We’ve lost sight of the plot in the immigration debate

As the immigration debate hit another low last week, I received the news that my favorite immigrant died: my father-in-law, Paul Gavora. I don’t want to politicize Paul’s story too much, or really at all. For me, the man wasn’t a talking point; he was a hero. Still, one of the things ...

Dumping Roseanne: Quick, dirty and smart

Roseanne Barr’s divorce from civilization started 28 years ago. Given the honor of singing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres-Cincinnati Reds game, she shrieked the words and, upon concluding, spit at the ground and scratched her crotch. All choreographed for a national TV ...

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