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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 pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to cast Trump out

Oct. 21, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, his culpability in national discord and his overall fitness for the job on Wednesday as he made his first in-person campaign pitch for his former vice president, Joe Biden. With less than...

Dell Weston, left, holds out his hands to receive hand sanitizer from a poll worker at the fair grounds early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Weston, a retired artist and metalworker, said he's a Republican plans to vote for Trump. He came for a sample ballot so that he could research down-ballot candidates and issues before he votes in person in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Watchdog group cites interference at polls in Latino areas

Oct. 21, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights group says that caravans of flag-waving President Donald Trump supporters appeared to obstruct and intimidate voters at two polling location in predominantly ethnic-minority neighborhoods last weekend in the Albuquerque area. Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director...

Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came...

Supporters of Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo clash with police in Conakry, Guinea, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Diallo declared himself winner against incumbent President Alpha Conde in Sunday's presidential elections.(AP Photo/Sadak Souici)

Tensions mount in Guinea as nation awaits election results

Oct. 21, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Gunfire rang out across Guinea's capital on Wednesday and authorities reported at least nine deaths across the West African country as tensions mounted in anticipation of official results being released from a weekend presidential election. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Oct. 21, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Oct. 19 The State Journal on racial diversity at workplaces in Frankfort, Kentucky and Kentucky's Franklin County: As a whole the United States may be a racially diverse country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is evidence of “the melting...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Oct. 21, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 19 The Greensboro News & Record on a decision to delay in-person classes for some public school students in North Carolina's Guilford County: After initially tapping the brake on school reopenings in Guilford County, Superintendent Sharon Contreras...

Panel recommends renaming school honoring Atlanta editor

Oct. 21, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A committee is recommending that an Atlanta school now named for a newspaper editor who advocated for white supremacy after the Civil War be renamed for a Mississippi-born Black journalist who exposed atrocities including lynchings. An Atlanta school board panel recommended Tuesday that...

Library removes name of white supremacist from branch

Oct. 21, 2020 4:46 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina library will remove the name of a former state governor from one of its branches because of his ties to white supremacy, officials said. A Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branch near SouthPark mall is named after Gov. Cameron A. Morrison, who helped lead the white...

Alabama NAACP names 4 to new hall of honor

Oct. 21, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is honoring four people as the initial members of the Alabama NAACP Hall of Honor including civil rights lawyer Fred Gray Sr., who once fought for the right of the organization to operate in the state. Gray, of Tuskegee, assisted the organization for years after...

Denver police release images in fatal car-scooter crash

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver police on Tuesday asked the public for help identifying people seen in a car suspected of hitting and killing a man who was riding an electric scooter downtown last month. The damaged Chevrolet Cobalt suspected of hitting and killing Chris Patton, 26, of Los Angeles on Sept. 7, was...