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The Supreme Court is seen as morning fog lingers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court puts curbside voting on hold in Alabama

Oct. 21, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold a lower court order that would have permitted curbside voting in Alabama in November. The justices' vote was 5-3, with the court's three liberals dissenting. As is typical when the Supreme Court acts on an emergency basis, the justices in the...

Houston Police chief Art Acevedo talks to reporters about the death of Sgt. Harold Preston, at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Houston. Two officers were shot by a suspect during a domestic violence call at an apartment complex. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Man faces state, federal charges in death of Houston officer

Oct. 21, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a Houston police officer during a domestic disturbance call is facing both state and federal charges and could face the death penalty, authorities announced on Wednesday. In state court, Elmer Manzano is facing a capital murder charge for the death of...

Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a new Republican-backed law that could bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications. The 4-3 ruling means that voters who want to cast mail-in...

E. Jean Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse following a hearing in her defamation lawsuit against Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Trump rape accuser 'stunned' at DOJ no-show at court hearing

Oct. 21, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s said she was stunned and speechless after the Justice Department on Wednesday turned down an opportunity to make oral arguments on whether Trump can substitute the United States for himself as the defendant in her...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 21, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The Long Island Six needs to deliver for residents Newsday Oct. 20 In the New York State Senate, the Long Island Nine are now the Long Island Six, the stalwart Republican bloc of years past transformed into a growing...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Pay attention: Pa. is poised to fall off a budget cliff The Philadelphia Inquirer Oct. 20 Pennsylvania is staring at a fiscal cliff. It’s easy but perilous to ignore state budget minutiae amid a contentious...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Races for president, Senate top Kentucky ballot

Oct. 21, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring re-election bids by President Donald Trump and his top ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google: The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between...

FILE - In this April 27, 2010, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner, D-Ohio, speaks with supporters in Toledo, Ohio. Brunner, a state appeals court judge in Columbus, is a former county court judge who served as Ohio Secretary of State from 2007 to 2011. Brunner is running against Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

Oct. 21, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic challengers are hoping to upend Republicans' majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in a pair of races this November that feature familiar debates over the role justices should play in interpreting state law. A coalition of major business groups have endorsed the two Republican...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. The Supreme Court’s action in a Pennsylvania voting case has heightened fears among Democrats about Amy Coney Barrett joining the high court in time to decide a post-election dispute and with it, the winner of the White House.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Democrats: Justices' 4-4 tie in election case ominous sign

Oct. 21, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Amy Coney Barrett expected to join the Supreme Court as early as next week, the court's action in a Pennsylvania voting case has heightened fears among Democrats about the court being asked to decide a post-election dispute and with it, the winner of the White House. The justices...