ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After less than two days of private talks, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers walked away from their court-ordered mediation. The two sides began meeting Thursday under a Supreme Court order to try to hash out their differences in the legal case surrounding Dayton's decision to zero out House and Senate operating budgets. But they made little progress in negotiations that began Thursday and broke off for good Friday afternoon, sending their battle back to the courts.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says the nation's top health official has signed off on Minnesota's new program meant to lower insurance rates. But Friday's good news from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was only half the problem. The state may still see a $369 million cut to its low-income health care program called MinnesotaCare, based on pervious federal guidance.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Federal officials say hackers working for the Russian government targeted Minnesota's secretary of state's website leading up to the 2016 election but didn't try to break in. Minnesota was one of 21 states notified Friday of attempted Russian hacking. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement the Department of Homeland Security told him by phone it had confirmed entities scanned IP addresses associated with his office for vulnerabilities.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Police have arrested a man suspected of unmooring two large cruise boats and setting them adrift in the Duluth harbor. Deputy Police Chief Nick Lukovsky says charges are pending against the 47-year-old Excelsior man. He says the suspect acted alone in the incident, which was caught on security video. Harbor officials found the 100-ton Vista Star and 60-ton Vista Queen tour boats drifting unmanned early Thursday.
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