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FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Barry Croft. Croft, charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor, also made threatening online comments about President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing, of which a copy was obtained by The Associated Press, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP, File)

FBI says extremist threatened Trump, Obama in online posts

Oct. 28, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A man charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor also made threatening online comments about President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing. Barry...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Michigan's Democratic governor and top elections official are defending the integrity of the election amid continued attacks from President Donald Trump. They say results may take longer in close contests due to a surge in absentee voting in the battleground state but every valid ballot will be counted. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer, Benson defend election integrity amid Trump attacks

Oct. 28, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Democratic governor and top elections official on Wednesday defended the integrity of the election amid continued attacks from President Donald Trump, saying results may take longer in close contests because of the surge in absentee voting in the battleground state, but...

Detroit-area councilman accused of handcuffing Trump critic

Oct. 28, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are pursuing misdemeanor charges against a City Council member in the Detroit suburb of Warren who is accused of handcuffing a woman who placed Black Lives Matter stickers on President Donald Trump campaign signs, police said. The complaint against Eddie Kabacinski will...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, stands in line to cast his early vote at the Park Slope Armory YMCA, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The mayor waited over three hours in line to cast his vote. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls

Oct. 28, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gary Kauffman says he does not scare easily. So when men waving President Donald Trump flags drive by his house in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he stands on his front steps and waves a banner for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. “Sometimes I yell at them. They yell...

Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Joe Biden traveled Tuesday to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can "restore our soul and save this...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Oct. 27, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials from newspapers published in Illinois: October 27, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times Guns in polling places make a mockery of the American ideal of free and open elections As Election Day approaches, it is dismaying to hear people demand that they be allowed to show up at polling places with guns or as...

An image of President Donald Trump is projected on a large screen as supporters wait for his arrival to a campaign rally in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Trump heaping attention on 1 Nebraska district

Oct. 27, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is heaping attention on Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District in the home stretch before Election Day. Nebraska is one of two states that awards electoral votes to each of its congressional...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, a judge blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Gun-rights groups said Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law. The judge agreed. Attorney General Dana Nessel pledged to appeal the judge’s decision with just days left until the election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Judge stops Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites

Oct. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day, agreeing with critics who said a Democratic secretary of state failed to follow state law with her sudden order. Gun-rights groups accused Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of...

Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Oct. 27, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by...

FILE - In an Oct. 8, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP File)

More time sought to indict in governor kidnapping case

Oct. 26, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to give them an extra 40 days until mid-December to seek a grand jury indictment against six men in an alleged scheme to kidnap Michigan's governor, saying they're sorting through evidence, including explosive-device components. The...