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Federal courthouse in Minneapolis named after Judge Murphy MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal courthouse in Minneapolis is being named after a judge who is seen as a trailblazer in the Twin Cities legal community. Judge Diana Murphy was the first woman appointed to the federal bench in ...

People in the News

Shonda Rhimes, iHeartMedia strike 3-year podcast deal LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes' company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by ...

Brexit talks inch closer to a deal ahead of summit

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday's EU summit. Positive vibes radiated from French ...

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food & Health Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ...

Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the massacre never happened. A Dane County jury on Tuesday decided the ...

Minnesota boy, 6, found safe in dark cornfield after search

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A 6-year-old Minnesota boy who had been missing for hours was found safe early Wednesday after a volunteer used a drone with a thermal camera to help find the child in a dark cornfield more than a mile from his home. The boy, named Ethan Haus, hadn't been seen since ...

State Briefs

Jury convicts man of stalking Sioux Falls mayor SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of stalking the Sioux Falls mayor. The Minnehaha County jury convicted 58-year-old Christopher Bruce after deliberating nearly three hours Wednesday. Bruce declined to comment after his ...

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days ...

Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’ ban

By BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months ...

Trump dismisses Syria concerns, Dems walk out

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker ...

Former Pompeo aide testifies

Senate talks impeachment trial By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MATT LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The swift-moving impeachment probe pushed onward Wednesday as a former top State Department aide testified that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign ...

‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown. And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at ...

Opioid settlement talks broaden

Ahead of 1st federal trial By MARK GILLISPIE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the ...

Chicago teachers to strike in nation’s 3rd largest district

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its ...

The foolhardy campaign against ‘endless wars’

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA. They both defined themselves in opposition to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Obama probably wouldn’t ...

International

Australian left thirsty on Emirates flight loses injury case CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A passenger who said she was left thirsty by an Emirates cabin crew and broke her ankle when she fainted on the flight lost her case in an Australian court on Tuesday for compensation. Lina Di Falco, ...

National

Serial stowaway held without bond for violating probation CHICAGO (AP) — A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights is being held without bond for her latest attempt at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. In March, Cook County Circuit Judge Peggy Chiampas sentenced ...

Minnesota

Lawsuit: Worthington police left man with internal bleeding WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An Iowa man who was arrested by Worthington police in January is suing the city and the police department, alleging his encounter with officers left him with four broken ribs and internal ...

People in the News

Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman — aka inmate No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some ...

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew ...