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Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden went on offense over the weekend as both campaigned in states they are trying to flip during the Nov. 3 election, just over two weeks away. Trump began his Sunday in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before a ...

Twitter CEO says it was wrong to block links to Biden story

Twitter was wrong to block weblinks to an unverified political story, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday, as the company responded to criticism over its handling of the story that had prompted cries of censorship from the right. "Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and ...

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. "Just got ...

Rhonda Fleming, film star of ’40s and ’50s, dies at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Rhonda Fleming, the fiery redhead who appeared with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan and other film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 97. Fleming's assistant Carla Sapon told The New York Times that Fleming died Wednesday ...

GOP, Dems hope Supreme Court fight bolsters Senate prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Republicans, the nomination fight over Amy Coney Barrett is a chance to seal conservative control of the Supreme Court for decades. For some GOP senators, it's also a lifeline they hope will preserve their political careers and their party's control of the chamber in ...

Justices to weigh Trump census plan to exclude noncitizens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up President Donald Trump's policy, blocked by a lower court, to exclude people living in the U.S. illegally from the census count that will be used to allocate seats in the House of Representatives. Never in U.S. history have ...

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San ...

Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer Inc. cannot request emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine before the third week of November -- and that's if everything goes well, the company's CEO announced Friday. Despite President Donald Trump's repeated promises of a vaccine before Election Day, ...

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events to generate buzz leading up to Proof BBQ's grand opening in the Cleveland suburbs. And then came coronavirus. Michael Griffin already had success ...

Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The whispers about Texas are picking up again. Polls are unusually tight. Political money is piling up. Millions of new voters are on the rolls, and Jill Biden flew in this week for an 800-mile campaign swing that stretched from El Paso to Houston. Taken together, all ...

7 Chicago cops suspended for roles in chief’s traffic stop

CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Chicago police officers have been suspended for their roles the night then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV after having several drinks at a bar, according to a report by the city's inspector general released ...

AP FACT CHECK: Rhetoric from Trump, Biden in the non-debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden faced inquisitive voters on separate stages in different cities Thursday night in a substitute for the debate that was meant to be. Here's how some of the rhetoric compared with the facts in the prime-time events and a ...

Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting "Winter" by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a ...

Park Police officers indicted in shooting of unarmed driver

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Two U.S. Park Police officers were indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed motorist who led officers on a stop-and-go chase outside Washington, capping nearly three years of inquiry into a case that caused an outcry over concerns ...

Oakland, Portland sue over use of federal agents at protests

The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. The lawsuit, filed late ...

Choose your channel: Dueling town halls for Biden, Trump

By ZEKE MILLER, ALEXANDRA JAFFE, BILL BARROW and AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls on Thursday night instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally ...

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice between substantially different policy paths. President Donald Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts ...

Takeaways: Coronavirus at center of Supreme Court hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus won't surrender the national stage to anyone — not to President Donald Trump, Judge Amy Coney Barrett or majority Republicans holding the power to confirm nominees to the Supreme Court. The disease that's killed more than 213,000 people in the United ...

Barrett vows fair approach as justice, Democrats skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett presented her approach to the law as conservative and fair on Monday at the start of fast-tracked confirmation hearings, while angry Democrats, powerless to stop her, cast her as a threat to Americans' health care coverage during the ...

Trump, Biden try to line up by Fauci as they court voters

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are both looking to harness the credibility of America's best-known infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as they make their case to American voters. Trump is quoting him out of context, the doctor says. Biden, for his part, is eagerly ...