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Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Mon

Oct. 25, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: La. session ends with petition debated for months

Oct. 25, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The direct strike at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions didn't come through legislative action in the special session that Republican lawmakers called primarily to undermine the Democratic governor's rules. Instead, House Republicans started their legal...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. ... There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile...

Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Murkowski's nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

Oct. 24, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing Saturday when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat during an election season announced support for President Donald Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid listens during an interview in Las Vegas. Reid said if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so they can pass bills over Republican obstruction. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks

Oct. 24, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. The...

People wait  in the rain to vote in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said a record number of absentee ballots have already been cast this year in the election. Some counties allowed Saturday voting for the first time. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Absentee voting hits record level in Alabama

Oct. 24, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians are voting by absentee ballot in record numbers this year after pandemic rules made it easier to do so, even lining up on Saturdays to cast votes. And as early voting opportunities prove popular, some are asking the question why the state does not allow this every year....

In a provided campaign handout photo, appeals court Judge Brock Swartzle, is shown. Two seats are up for election on the Michigan Supreme Court. If Elizabeth Welch and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack win, Democratic nominees will be in the court's majority for the first time since 2010. The Republican nominees are Swartzle and Mary Kelly. (Chelsea Whitman via AP)

Decision that 'undermined' Gov. Whitmer spices up court race

Oct. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A decision that torpedoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic has led to calls for political payback in the election for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. The court struck down reams of orders to control the spread of the coronavirus, saying...

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., left, and Washington Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, right, are shown in this combination of photos taken Oct. 7, 2020 in Olympia, Wash., and Oct. 19, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wash.  (AP Photos/Ted S. Warren and Elaine Thompson)

Democrats Liias, Heck seek lieutenant governor's office

Oct. 24, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The office of the Washington lieutenant governor is obscure enough that when its current occupant decamped to California to train as a Jesuit priest, the public didn’t notice. It’s also prominent enough that the two men running to replace him believe they can use it as a...