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Barrett confirmation rises as issue in Kentucky Senate race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a victory lap Wednesday for shepherding Amy Coney Barrett onto the U.S. Supreme Court,...

Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY care home deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among...

Even in death, pot candidate upends Minnesota US House race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Weeks was never going to win Minnesota’s 2nd District seat in Congress, but the deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate...

Tennessee Senate nominee connects activism to election

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the Rev. Tondala Hayward learned about plans to build a landfill next to her church in a predominantly Black,...

Voters in some states unable to cast early ballots in person

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — With coronavirus cases spreading rapidly across her state, Samantha Allen laments that Missouri does not allow voters to cast their...

Ohio governor pleads for legislative action on gun violence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At some point during Gov. Mike DeWine's Tuesday briefing on Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive will...

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and...

New Mexico legislator flees home after receiving threats

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator said he fled his house after receiving anonymous threatening telephone messages following his criticism...

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat...

Cunningham keeps low in NC Senate race marked by his affair

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is bypassing uncomfortable questions about his extramarital activities in the final days of...

‘We don’t speculate’: How AP counts votes and calls races

As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the nation's vote in real time on Election Day and report...

Despite rhetoric, GOP has supported packing state courts

Republican claims that Democrats would expand the U.S. Supreme Court to undercut the conservative majority if they win the presidency and control of Congress...

Loeffler charts path to the right in Georgia Senate race

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler stepped out of a Humvee on a foggy morning in northwest Georgia wearing an American flag trucker...

Sign ninjas busy at night as Election Day fast approaches

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — With Election Day fast approaching, the sign ninjas have only a few nights left to take action. ...

Nebraska, Maine could play pivotal role in presidential race

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will never be mistaken for a swing state given that it hasn’t supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964,...

What you need to know about Ohio’s drop box restrictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — How many drop boxes can each Ohio county set up for collecting absentee ballots cast in the November presidential election,...

GOP in ruby red Kansas stresses over costly Senate race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Republicans who were desperate to have Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall as their candidate for an open Senate seat are...

GOP to high court: Halt longer N. Carolina absentee deadline

President Donald Trump’s campaign and North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to return the state to a shorter...

In deep-red Oklahoma, GOP fights to regain lost seat

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, a lawyer from Oklahoma City, accomplished the most stunning political upset in the nation two...

‘Call them out’: In Maine, Gideon asks voters to punish GOP

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — The last time Democrat Sara Gideon ran for office, she trounced her Republican challenger and spent a measly $4,299.99 doing...

Will voting in a non-battleground state make a difference?

HOW DOES MY VOTE MATTER IF I DON'T LIVE IN A PRESIDENTIAL BATTLEGROUND STATE? ...

Florida’s Pinellas County is one to watch on election night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Latricia Robinson donned a surgical mask and marched into the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office on a recent...

Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Al Gross commands a fishing boat as a narrator describes him prospecting for gold and killing a grizzly bear in...

California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't allow any distribution of coronavirus vaccines in the nation’s most populous state until it is reviewed by the...

Former Democratic power broker James A. Johnson dies at 76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James A. Johnson, a former Democratic campaign operative who was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s and served...

Low-key Democrat tries to hang onto Senate seat in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Call him low-key, understated, maybe even “boring." First-term Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is betting voters care more about...

AP Explains: What’s behind Trump’s town hall answer on QAnon

“Ask the Q” has been a rallying cry for QAnon believers since the conspiracy theory's online birth three years ago. They have long claimed...

Major Democratic group pulls out of Colorado Senate race

DENVER (AP) — A major Democratic group on Friday pulled its last remaining ads from Colorado's closely watched U.S. Senate race, a sign that...

Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The whispers about Texas are picking up again. ...

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the...

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire...

US Senate high stakes spur astronomical spending in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Montana's...

Pennsylvania becomes a battleground over election security

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For anxiety over voting and ballot counting in this year’s presidential election, it’s hard to top Pennsylvania. ...

White woman charged in racist NYC run-in made a 2nd 911 call

NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Cooper, the white woman charged with filing a false police report for calling 911 during a dispute with a...

McGrath faces strong headwinds in mission to oust McConnell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Amy McGrath was in elementary school when Mitch McConnell was first elected to the Senate. Now, 36 years later, the...

Effort to bar LGBTQ discrimination moves ahead in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in...

Racial justice movement a factor for 5 state ballot measures

The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. But this...

Despite virus fears, Texas sends most voters to the polls

HOUSTON (AP) — Early voting began Tuesday with long lines in Texas, one of the few places in the U.S. not allowing widespread mail...

McConnell, McGrath spar over federal response to coronavirus

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opponent accused him of failing the country with the lack of another coronavirus relief package, while the Republican incumbent...

Conservative PAC draws charges of racism in Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A conservative political action committee in Missouri is facing accusations of racism after posting a website that uses images of...

Democrat’s praise of strict gun law roils Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats' candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict...

Judge throws out Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday threw out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign, dismissing its challenges...

Families seek new investigations into old police killings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One man died a decade ago after a police officer in New York state told him to move his illegally...

Disputed redistricting reform on the ballot in Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, the gerrymander goes all the way back to the first congressional elections, when then-Gov. Patrick Henry drew...

Cunningham inches back into public as Army confirms probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham inched back into the public sphere on Wednesday, a day after The Associated...

California’s unemployment backlog shrinks to 1.3 million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California embattled unemployment benefits agency said Wednesday it has cleared about 246,000 of its more than 1.6 million backlogged claims...

California governor’s staff member positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office staff tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing has begun, the office...

New Mexico candidate addresses his work in 1980s porn films

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Roger Montoya, a Democratic candidate in an open New Mexico House race, has acknowledged his participation in two pornographic...

Pence-Harris debate to unfold as Trump recovers from virus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, are poised to meet Wednesday for a...

Officials: Carbon capture project would be largest in world

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Southwest would undergo a $1.4 billion overhaul as part of...

Drubbed in 2018, California GOP looks to regain House seats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s tarnished Republican Party is hoping to rebound in a handful of U.S. House races but its candidates must overcome...

Delays in verifying mail-in ballots will slow election tally

Voters awaiting results in some of the key presidential battleground states on election night should be prepared to keep waiting, thanks to obstacles that...

N. Carolina Senate race upended by sexting, virus diagnosis

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's intensely competitive and expensive U.S. Senate race has been upended by personal and health disruptions that sent sharp...

No course correction for state Republicans after Trump test

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican governors and lawmakers in many states have followed President Donald Trump’s lead on their response to the coronavirus, declining...

California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday delayed new operating rules for theme parks such as Disneyland that have been closed since...

Groups sue Texas governor to block limits on ballot drops

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg...

California’s stem-cell research program nearly out of money

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's first-of-its-kind state program to fund stem-cell research is running out of money and supporters want voters to provide a...

Texas governor restricts mail-in ballot drop-off locations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday dramatically reduced the state's number of drop-off sites for mail-in ballots, a move the...

The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their...

California Gov. Newsom surprises, disappoints with vetoes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Labor unions in California celebrated earlier this month when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws expanding paid family leave and making...

Boeing picks South Carolina over Seattle for 787 production

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Thursday it will shut down the original assembly line for its two-aisle 787 jetliner near Seattle and consolidate the...

California governor mixes decisions on labor, crime, housing

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was no rigid ideologue when it came to his decisions on the hundreds of bills sent to him in an...

Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring,...

Court: Amazon not liable in teen’s powdered caffeine death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Retail giant Amazon can't be held responsible under current Ohio product liability law in the death of a high school...

California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics, making the...

California to study reparations for Black Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will develop a detailed plan for reparations under a new law signed on Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, making...

Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A complete count of Montana’s households could come with a big reward — a second seat in Congress and millions...

California governor vetoes bill to aid low-income immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to give low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries. ...

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff in Tuesday’s special election...

Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. ...

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday. ...

Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year....

Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing...

Lockdowns are fading, but GOP outrage isn’t in campaigns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of...

Kentucky lawmaker arrested during protests in Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker who spent a night in jail after her arrest during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor said...

Republican duo reshapes Montana politics in Trump’s style

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Steve Daines is the affable one, the smiler, a consummate salesman who parlayed his corporate success into a meteoric rise...

‘No easy answer’: Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the wake of the decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, authorities and activists alike...

Kentucky Senate candidates take up Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath called for fundamental change to combat “systemic racism" as the Senate candidate met Thursday with some of...

US Health Department’s Caputo has cancer, spokesperson says

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Caputo, who is on a 60-day leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and...

Pompeo warns of China influence in state, local governments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday that China was aggressively attempting to influence state and local governments, including...

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread...

New Ohio House speaker’s sterling narrative has detractors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the...

Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads to Russia

BERLIN (AP) — IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails...

Florida governor seeks new penalties for violent protesters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is going to get tough on people who engage in violence during protests, Florida's Republican governor...

Ginsburg’s death puts Roe v. Wade on the ballot in November

It's been a throwaway line in presidential campaigns for years: Roe v. Wade is on the ballot. ...

Trump’s Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald...

Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30,...

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify...

Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30,...

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white...

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A solidly blue state for the past half century, Minnesota became an unquestioned presidential battleground on Friday as President Donald...

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose...

In N. Carolina Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When President Donald Trump fired up a crowd at a North Carolina airport last week, he gave a shout-out to...

California paid leave law among nation’s broadest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new law in California lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take up to three months...

Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Transgender activist Sarah McBride won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday and is poised to make history...

States face pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A growing number of states are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools...

Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris' motorcade raced past Colombian neighborhoods and made a quick stop for takeout in Doral — or “Doral-zuela” as...

2020 Watch: How much more damage can Woodward do?

MIAMI (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: ...

NCAA seeks to dismiss college athletes’ federal lawsuit

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The NCAA is seeking to dismiss a federal lawsuit by two college athletes that seeks to prevent the association from...

Amid ashes, California governor fires away on climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Newsom offered some of his most impassioned comments on climate change, denouncing the “ideological BS” of those who...

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