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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, center, speaks to House members during the session Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Evette's first public appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

South Carolina lieutenant governor returns after COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette has returned to public life after being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. Evette came to the South Carolina House chambers on Tuesday, meeting with members, giving hugs telling the story of how she recovered from the virus over and over...

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

Sep. 22, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections. The Democrat said in an interview the state has...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, traders Steven Kaplan, left, and Gregory Rowe react at the closing on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is opening slightly higher, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, as markets recover from steep losses Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Wall Street steadies itself after 4-day losing streak

Sep. 22, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Stocks are drifting higher on Wall Street Tuesday, steadying themselves a day after tumbling amid a raft of worries about the pandemic and governments’ response to it. The S&P 500 was 0.8% higher on the heels of its first four-day losing streak since the market was selling off in February. The Dow...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Sep. 22, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: The Idahoan surfing the waves of partisanship The Lewiston Tribune Sept. 16 Congressman Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, says it’s the times that are hyperpartisan, not him. “While caucus organizations have an important role to play,...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington. President Donald Trump didn't have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he's been considering one of his own lawyers. Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump's White House through a thicket of legal issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Canada reaches vaccine agreement with companies

Sep. 22, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

LONDON — Pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have agreed to provide Canada with up to 72 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine as governments buy up supplies of unproven treatments in hopes of ensuring supplies of whatever works. On Tuesday, the companies reiterated their...

As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

Republicans want to appeal major Michigan ballot decision

Sep. 22, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature is seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 are eligible to...

FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

New Ohio House speaker's sterling narrative has detractors

Sep. 22, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has...

Wendy Caldwell-Liddell, left, who helped start Mobilize Detroit, a newly formed grassroots organization, talks to Margaret Roberts about voting in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are battling for support among Black voters across Michigan, and Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will be in the state on Tuesday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

Sep. 22, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation’s largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in the city. So when the...