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FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows U.S. District Judge William Conley at the U.S. Courthouse in Madison, Wis. A federal appeals court on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Sept. 21 that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count as long as they're postmarked by Election Day. Sunday’s action puts Conley’s order on hold until the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court issues any further action. (Mike DeVries/The Capital Times via AP, File)

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

Sep. 29, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in November. The decision, if it stands, means that...

An unidentified woman is taken into custody after witnesses said she drove her car into a crowd of protesters in Yorba Linda, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Authorities said people were struck by a car and injured during a Black Lives Matter protest and counter protest about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun says the injured were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the driver was detained. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP)

California prosecutor: Driver tried to kill Trump supporters

Sep. 29, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organizer of a Southern California rally against police brutality and racism was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for driving her car into counterprotesters and running over a woman's head. Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters...

Couple sentenced in South Carolina for rent-to-own scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A couple who ran a rent-to-own scheme that marketed itself as a Christian organization promising to create a “win-win” scenario for home buyers and sellers were sentenced to prison Tuesday in South Carolina. Federal Judge Timothy Cain also ordered Michael...

New Mexico man facing life in prison in hostage taking case

Sep. 29, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hatch man has pleaded guilty to a charge of hostage taking in New Mexico and could be facing a life prison sentence. Federal prosecutors said 23-year-old Mario Balcazar remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing. They said Balcazar faces up to life in federal prison....

David Glockner, Commonwealth Edison executive vice president for compliance and audit, testifies during the House Special Investigating Committee II hearing at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The committee is looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in what prosecutors say was a long-running bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez, who headed...

FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Raymond Rodio lll is arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip, N.Y. The Long Island man convicted of running a sex trafficking ring out of his elderly parents' sprawling suburban home was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to 9½ years in prison. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP, File)

9½ years in prison for running sex ring out of parents’ home

Sep. 29, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

SOUND BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man convicted of running a sex trafficking ring out of his elderly parents’ sprawling suburban home was sentenced Tuesday to 9½ years in prison. Raymond Rodio III, 49, was arrested in April 2019 and pleaded guilty in February to charges including sex...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. The arguments Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, come just five weeks before the election in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin justices weigh removal of 130K from voter rolls

Sep. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court weighed Tuesday whether to go along with conservatives who argue that 130,000 voters should be removed from the rolls in the hotly contested presidential battleground state, while the Democratic attorney general defended not purging them. The Wisconsin case...

Tennessee appeals court upholds school voucher ruling

Sep. 29, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a ruling that declared the state's school voucher program unconstitutional. Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Anne Martin had ruled against the law because it only applies to Memphis and Nashville. A three-member panel of the...

Another GOP challenge tries to block absentee ballot order

Sep. 29, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Democratic secretary of state was sued Tuesday by her two Republican predecessors after failing to challenge a major court decision that orders the state to count absentee ballots days after the Nov. 3 election. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in western Michigan, is the...

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California sues US regulator in bid to deter 'ghost guns'

Sep. 29, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Backed by the fathers of two slain children, California's attorney general sued the Trump administration on Tuesday in an effort to crack down on “ghost guns” that can be built from parts and make it difficult to track or regulate owners. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,...