Federal government intervenes in hospital whistleblower suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government is joining a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital alleging it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of the chief executive officer and management firm.

The lawsuit was unsealed and made public for the first time Friday after originally ...

Connected cars accelerate down data-collection highway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - That holiday trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house could turn into nice little gift for automakers as they increasingly collect oodles and oodles of data about the driver.

Automakers are collecting valuable pieces of information thanks to the internet connections, cameras ...

No discipline for lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An investigation of a Minnesota lawmaker accused of unwanted advances on woman did not result in any discipline.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the House released a summary of the investigation Friday, nine months after the allegations against Republican Rep. Rod Hamilton surfaced. The full ...

Parkland survivor David Hogg accepted to Harvard

Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor and outspoken gun control activist David Hogg announced on Saturday that he plans to attend Harvard University next fall to study political science."Th...

Christmastime shutdown hits, actual effects still unclear

The government barreled into its third government shutdown of the year Saturday morning, but it doesn't appear to be affecting much in the way of services yet.

Perhaps the biggest change came online, where Twitter accounts and websites belonging to dozens of federal agencies stopped updating.

Some national parks have ...

Heated Senate race, other politics top news in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The year in North Dakota was dominated by politics, from the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer to a complimentary and controversial Super Bowl soiree that Gov. Doug Burgum attended and a Trump administration trade dispute that hit soybean farmers the hardest.

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Walz win, Omar to Congress, Mauer retires top Minnesota news

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democrats keeping the Minnesota governorship and retaking the state House. A Somali-American legislator making history again. And a hometown hero saying goodbye to fans.

A look back at some of the top Minnesota stories of 2018:

BLUE WAVE

Democrats in Minnesota had a good year in midterm ...

Schumer demands Trump ‘abandon the wall’ as DC faces shutdown stalemate

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called on President Trump to "abandon the wall" Saturday if he wants to re-open the government, saying Trump does not have the votes in the Senate to get it funded -- hours after the government shut down over an impasse over funding for President Trump's signature 2016 campaign promise.

The Latest: Negotiations expected to resume over shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

8:50 a.m.

Negotiations are expected to continue in Washington to try to end the partial government shutdown, and the House and Senate have scheduled rare Saturday sessions.

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney sent agency heads a memorandum ...

How Russia’s Responding to U.S. Pullout From Syria

Maxim Suchkov, Al-Monitor
President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops out of Syria came as much as a surprise to Russia as it did to US allies in the region. Moscow is openly delighted to see the back of a key foe of its ally Bashar al-Assad, but remains flummoxed by the unpredictable nature of US policy under Trump. Why it matters: Moscow has long advocated for America's exit from Syria. Washington's...

Holiday-season gridlock in DC brings partial federal closure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Christmas-season gridlock descended on the nation's capital Saturday like an unwelcomed present just before the holiday as America's elected leaders partially closed down the government over their inability to compromise on money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Congressional Democrats are refusing to accede to President ...