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Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)

In rebuke of Trump, Obama urges voters to show up for Biden

Oct. 21, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his response to racial unrest and his fundamental unfitness for the job in his first in-person campaign pitch Wednesday for Joe Biden, his former vice president. With less than...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Senators stall bill prohibiting emergency rules on churches

Oct. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to keep Louisiana's emergency orders from governing churches and to upend prosecution of a pastor who violated Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions was narrowly shelved Wednesday by state senators. A Senate judiciary committee voted 3-2 to kill the bill by Oil...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Jeanne Moser, center, of East Kingston, N.H., watches as President Donald Trump reaches out to touch a photo of her son, Adam Moser, during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Adam was 27 when he died from an apparent fentanyl overdose. The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

Oct. 21, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan's lifeless body after...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, gavels in the Special Legislative Session, Monday Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana session winds down after GOP virus oversight deal

Oct. 21, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Now that Republicans in Louisiana's House and Senate have muscled through a deal to give themselves the ability to nullify Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions, the waiting game begins. Will the Democratic governor veto the bill, sending lawmakers home with little to show...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

A group of Indigenous march during a national strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Workers' unions, university students, human rights defenders, and Indigenous communities have gathered for a day of protest in conjunction with a national strike across Colombia. The protest is against the assassinations of social leaders, in defense of the right to protest and to demand advances in health, income and employment. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Protesters in Colombia decry government pandemic response

Oct. 21, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters filled a historic square in Colombia’s capital Wednesday to demonstrate against the government’s handling of a wide range of issues including the economic fallout of the pandemic and implementation of the peace accord. Indigenous leaders, students and union...

Senate workers remove posters and ribbons placed by demonstrators protesting against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s effort to eliminate trust funds which he says are sources of corruption, at an entrance to the Senate in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The Senate passed various laws on Wednesday eliminating over 100 trusts which finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico Senate kills 109 government disaster, science funds

Oct. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party pushed legislation through the Senate on Wednesday to eliminate 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. In a party-line vote,...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google: The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between...

More economic relief for businesses; hockey outbreak at 35

Oct. 21, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An additional $76 million in federal relief is available to Vermont businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. State officials announced the expansion of the state's economic recovery grants on Tuesday during Gov. Phil Scott's biweekly virus briefing. Scott said the pandemic has...

Correction: Railroad Bridge-Major Disaster story

Oct. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — In a story October 20, 2020, about a Washington state request for federal disaster relief because of widespread widlfires in September, The Associated Press erroneously reported the state had asked that a destroyed, 100-year-old bridge across the Yakima River near Prosser be included....