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WASHINGTON — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party's legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections. The current vice president, Mike Pence, administered the oath of office to Doug Jones from Alabama and Tina Smith from Minnesota. Two former vice presidents were there to support the Senate's newest members. By Kevin Freking and Kimberly Chandler. SENT: 715 words, photos, video.
SENATE-NEW FACES-THE LATEST, SENATE-MINNESOTA-SMITH
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's new Republican Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach said Wednesday she'll reject the job's higher salary and hasn't scheduled the constitutionally-required oath of office as she fights to keep her seat in the Senate. SENT: 520 words, photo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the decade to come. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, delivering a white coating that some cities hadn't seen in decades. Cars spun out of control on icy overpasses from Texas to Georgia. The water park at Disney World and other Florida theme parks closed because of the unusually cold temperatures, adding to the misery of a dayslong bitter cold snap across the country. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 825 words, photos, video.
DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST
HALLOCK, Minn. — A northern Minnesota sheriff says his deputies can better investigate whether it was wolves that killed ranchers' livestock, a task currently left to state and federal officials. The investigations can mean the difference between a rancher getting paid for a dead animal, or simply writing off the loss. SENT: 340 words, photos.
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS-MINNESOTA, MINNESOTA CLIMBER-MOUNT LUCIANA, MONTANA AVALANCHE DEATH, SHIPPING SEASON
NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves look to continue their strong recent play with a third straight victory when they visit the Brooklyn Nets. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m. CT.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Sam Bradford is back at practice with the Minnesota Vikings, his left knee now strong enough to at least take part in drills. His future, including whether he's a viable option for the playoff roster, remains unclear. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words.
MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois and Minnesota resume Big Ten play in their first game of the new year. The Gophers (12-3) hope to get point guard Nate Mason back from an ankle injury. The Illini (10-5) lost their first two conference games by a total of five points, both in overtime. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.
VIKINGS ATHLETIC TRAINERS
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