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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is shown while meeting with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)

Trump thrusts Supreme Court pick into election turmoil

Sep. 30, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 vacant seat before Nov....

Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and Republican groups to block Montana counties from holding a mostly-by-mail general election, saying claims that the election could be marred by widespread voter fraud is...

FILE - in this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, Democratic congressional candidate Kathy Boockvar steps out of the voting booth with her daughter, Colette, after casting her vote on Election Day at the Pine Run Community in Doylestown, Pa. Boockvar, Pennsylvania's Secretary of State, said Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, it appears that the nine military ballots thrown out by an election office worker in Wilkes-Barre was a mistake and not

9 discarded ballots weren't fraud, state election chief says

Sep. 30, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It appears that an election worker’s decision to throw out nine military ballots in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, amounted to a mistake and not “intentional fraud,” the state’s top elections official said Wednesday. Workers in the elections office in Luzerne...

Feds: 2 men breached NFL, NBA players' social media accounts

Sep. 30, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

A Louisiana man and a Florida man allegedly gained access to professional athletes’ social media accounts and either sold the information or used it to extort payments, according to federal criminal complaints released Wednesday. Trevontae Washington and Ronnie Magrehbi each face wire fraud conspiracy and...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. Democrats and Republicans are involved in hundreds of lawsuits across the country relating to the upcoming election. The lawsuits concern the core fundamentals of the American voting process, including how ballots are cast and counted.(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

Sep. 30, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over...

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a tax bill and continuing resolution to fund the government, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump’s true financial picture has gotten renewed scrutiny in the wake of a New York Times report in September 2020 that he declared hundreds of millions in losses in recent years, allowing him to pay just $750 in taxes the year he won the presidency, and nothing for 10 of 15 years before that. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A lesson from Trump taxes: An underfunded IRS is outmatched

Sep. 30, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations of President Donald Trump’s near-zero federal income tax payments have underscored the ability of wealthy individuals with high-priced lawyers to outmatch an IRS that has long been understaffed and underfunded. A result is that the IRS has tended to pursue taxpayers of...

PR firm co-founder pleads guilty in federal court

Sep. 30, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The co-founder of a suburban St. Louis public relations firm has admitted in federal court that she stole nearly $800,000 from the company. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Lynese M. Cargill pleaded guilty Wednesday to three wire fraud charges. In her plea, Cargill admitted stealing...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)

W.Va. official refutes Trump claim about ballot fraud

Sep. 30, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's secretary of state said Wednesday that a postal worker had tried to alter absentee ballot applications, but he refuted President Donald Trump's claim that the employee was “selling ballots." The postal worker, Thomas Cooper, pleaded guilty in July to...

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News listens as President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: False claims swamp first Trump-Biden debate

Sep. 30, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing....

Man pleads guilty to bank fraud involving 6 states

Sep. 30, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to using other people's identification to make bank withdrawals in six states totaling about $111,000. Court documents say Derrick McKenzie, 61, of Mount Vernon, New York, entered bank branches in New Hampshire, New York, New...