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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A standoff over taxes and spending sent Minnesota hurtling Thursday toward a midnight government shutdown that could force thousands of layoffs, bring road projects to a standstill and close state parks to campers just before the Fourth of July weekend.


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