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Minnesota sues Volkswagen over emissions cheating scandal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is suing Volkswagen, saying the German automaker violated state laws when it sold diesel vehicles in the state with special systems designed to defeat emissions tests.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, says Volkswagen sold or leased more than 11,500 of the diesel vehicles in Minnesota from 2008 through 2015. It alleges they violated state anti-tampering laws and environmental regulations.

Somali-American lawmaker says DC cabbie called her 'ISIS'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The nation's first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called "ISIS" by a taxicab driver in Washington, D.C.Minnesota state Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride on Tuesday after a White House meeting on criminal justice reform. She did not provide information about the driver.

Man, woman fatally shot in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) ��� Milwaukee police say they're looking for a suspect and a motive in the fatal shooting of a man and woman on the city's northwest side.Officers responded to the home about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police tell WTMJ-TV two children were found hiding in the house. They were not physically injured. Authorities say one is a teen and the other is about 10 years old.

City audit uncovers improper spending, undeposited payments

RIVERTON, Iowa (AP) — A state audit of financial records for Riverton in southwest Iowa has discovered nearly $331,000 in improper or unsupported spending and undeposited collections.The special audit was undertaken at the request of city officials concerned about transactions processed by former city clerk Carol Jennings from January 2008 through Feb. 28, 2015. The council fired Jennings on Feb. 26, 2015.

UW regents set to OK tuition hike, raises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ��� University of Wisconsin System regents are expected to approve raising out-of-state and graduate tuition and give employees raises.The regents are set to meet Thursday afternoon and vote on a plan to raise nonresident and graduate tuition by hundreds of dollars at six four-year campuses and all two-year schools. They also are scheduled to vote on giving system employees a 2 percent raise in each of the next two fiscal years.

GOP congressman not backing down over communist remark

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ��� A Republican congressman who derided Wisconsin's capital city as a communist haven is not backing down from his comments even as those in the city that prides itself as being "77 square miles surrounded by reality" take offense.

Trump, Pence 'thank you' tour coming to Pennsylvania Dec. 15

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Republican president-elect Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence will be thanking Pennsylvania voters at an event Dec. 15.Trump and Pence's "Thank You Tour" stops at the Giant Center in Hershey at 7 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.Tickets to the event are free.Trump has already visited North Carolina and planned a similar rally in Iowa on Thursday. He's scheduled to visit Michigan and Louisiana on Friday.___

Minnesota's population skewing older, more diverse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ��� New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota's overall population is getting older and slightly more diverse.The median age of Minnesotans is 37.7 years. That's about seven months older than the median age in 2010. The new figures show the number of residents 65 or older grew to nearly 14 percent of the state's population, an increase from 12.6 percent in last census report.