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Sen. Graham, Harrison meet in 1st debate Saturday

COLUMBIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger are set to meet in their first face-to-face matchup, amid record-breaking fundraising and a Supreme Court nomination debate that means Graham will be spending much of the … more

Trump's diagnosis rocks final stage of campaign

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday, with President Donald Trump heading to a military hospital with the coronavirus … more

House Democrats pass partisan COVID bill; relief talks drag

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House narrowly passed a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Thursday night, a move that came as top-level talks on a smaller, potentially bipartisan … more

President Trump and first lady test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper … more

U.S. traffic deaths fell 2% in 2019; 3rd straight yearly drop

DETROIT (AP) - Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, the government's road safety agency reported. The downward trend is continuing into this year with people driving fewer miles due to the pandemic, the National … more

High demand for flu shots? Experts hope to avoid 'twindemic'

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a "twindemic" with COVID-19. "There's considerable concern as we enter the fall and winter months … more

Trump thrusts court pick into election turmoil

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's stark expectation that the Supreme Court will intervene to "look at the ballots" in what he calls a rigged election casts new questions Wednesday on the Senate's rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the … more

In big states, tiny counties, Trump attacking voting rules

RALEIGH, N.C. - When Donald Trump's campaign took issue with a new rule on processing some votes in North Carolina, it didn't just complain to the Board of Elections and file a lawsuit. It wrote to some of the state's 100 local election offices with … more

White House ups bid in last-ditch COVID talks with Congress

WASHINGTON - The White House is backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and is dangling the possibility of a COVID-19 relief bill of $1.6 trillion as last-ditch, pre-election negotiations hit a critical phase Thursday. But pessimism is … more

Man arrested, charged with attempted murder of 2 LA County deputies

LOS ANGELES - California investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month as they sat in their squad car, authorities said Wednesday. Attempted murder … more

U.S. says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

The United States will detain shipments of palm oil and its products from a major producer in Malaysia after a wide range of labor abuse indicators were found, including physical and sexual violence and forced child labor, an official said … more

Kentucky judge delays release of Breonna Taylor jury recordings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky judge delayed until Friday the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor's killing by police, according to the state attorney general's office. Audio recordings of the proceedings were originally … more

Portland asks U.S. to rescind deputization of city police

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The mayor of Portland has asked U.S. officials to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers in Oregon's largest city as part of the response to ongoing protests in the city. Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a … more

Economy plunges 31.4% in spring; big rebound expected

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy plunged at a record rate in the spring but is poised to swing to a record increase in the quarter that is just ending. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the gross domestic product, the economy's … more

Struggling restaurants face new challenges with cold weather

U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives. New York opened indoor dining on Wednesday, restricting … more

World reacts to 1st presidential debate with worry

GENEVA - Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for "chaos" and "insults" between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a … more

Debate commission says it will make changes to format

NEW YORK (AP) — The presidential debate commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat … more

Pelosi and Mnuchin have 'extensive' talks on COVID relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an "extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the … more

AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky's attorney general has acknowledged that he never asked the grand jury to consider homicide charges against police in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Amid outrage about the long-awaited charging decision, Attorney … more

NYC elementary schools resume in person

NEW YORK - Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms this week as New York City enters a high-stakes stage of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic, which is keeping students at home in … more
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