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Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 24, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Census Bureau needs more time, and Congress must act fast to make sure everyone gets counted The Philadelphia Inquirer Sept. 23 A pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, and the toxic politics of a...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Kraft on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, saying they couldn't go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

Sep. 24, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said during an online...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump promoting health care 'vision' in swing state NC

Sep. 24, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on preexisting medical conditions Thursday, amid a global pandemic and growing uncertainty about the future of protections guaranteed by the Obama-era health law his administration is still trying to overturn. In a visit to swing...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

GOP makes last-ditch attack on ranked presidential tally

Sep. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Republican Party is asking the state supreme court to put on hold its ruling that allows ranked choice voting in the presidential contest, to provide an opportunity for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The request filed Wednesday represents a last-ditch effort to delay...

Denver appeals court considers appeal in trooper shooting

Sep. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A lawyer for a man sentenced to death in the 1999 killing of an Oklahoma state trooper urged a Denver federal appeals court on Thursday to throw out a judge's ruling that he was not harmed by mistakes made by his original lawyers at his trial. Kenneth Eugene Barrett was convicted in 2005 in...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  U.S. stocks are swinging between losses and gains in Thursday, Sept. 24,  trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US stocks end higher as market volatility continues

Sep. 24, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher Thursday, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September. The S&P 500 was 0.3% higher after having been close to a correction earlier. The day’s headline report showed that 870,000 workers filed for unemployment...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court building on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

Sep. 24, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women’s rights. The president and first lady Melania Trump...

US high court next up in Pennsylvania's mail-in ballot fight

Sep. 24, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Republican requests to put on hold its decision to extend the deadline to receive and count mail-in ballots in November's election. The court, which has a 5-2 Democratic majority, rejected the request without comment, clearing...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, photo, United States Postal Service carrier Henrietta Dixon gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia.  Officials from six states and the District of Columbia are in court Thursday, Sept. 24,  to ask a federal judge to halt alleged slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service that they say threaten the upcoming presidential election(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Post office defends on claims that cuts threaten election

Sep. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for the U.S. Postal Service argued in court Thursday against accusations that service cuts are slowing down the mail and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. The latest hearing on the issue took place in federal court in Philadelphia, where the attorneys...

People gather in Jefferson Square awaiting word on charges against police officers, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

AP Explains: Powerful grand juries stay shrouded in secrecy

Sep. 24, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

The announcement that no police officers would be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor threw a spotlight on the role of grand juries, which are shrouded in secrecy yet wield enormous power in courthouses across the U.S. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday that two officers who shot at...