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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The National Republican Congressional Committee is sticking with GOP Rep. Jason Lewis despite 2012 comments in which he wondered publicly "can we call anybody a slut?" Lewis defended the comment as free speech.

BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say the inmate suspected of killing a corrections officer at a Minnesota state prison has an extensive disciplinary record. Authorities said at a news conference Thursday that 42-year-old Edward Muhammad Johnson has served about 1,700 days in segregation for various incidents while serving his 29-year sentence for killing someone in 2002. They say he attacked Officer Joseph Gomm with a weapon Wednesday in the Stillwater state prison's industry building, killing him.

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities now say two South St. Paul police officers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a group home resident. While authorities initially said one officer was wounded, they later said two officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One is hospitalized with a shoulder wound. The suspect was not injured. He dropped the gun and was arrested. He's being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan says he has "zero tolerance" for inappropriate behavior in the workplace after questions were raised about his handling of a former top staffer accused of sexually harassing female staffers. Nolan's former legislative director was accused by several woman of harassing them in a story first published Thursday by MinnPost. The staffer was allowed to leave the office in 2015 rather than being fired, but was later briefly hired to work on Nolan's 2016 campaign for Congress.

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