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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Porsche Bennett, Organizer for Black Lives Activists Kenosha, poses for a photo with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wis. On Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting Bennett exposed the Democratic presidential candidate by saying she would not “go off” a paper she was provided by his campaign. Bennett was given the paper to read by her organization, not by Biden’s campaign.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 4, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: A Black woman speaking at a community event with Joe Biden in Kenosha,...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, discusses one of the more than one dozen budget trailer bills before the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African-Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California moves to consider reparations for slavery

Aug. 29, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fight over who would fill a potential vacancy in one of California's U.S. Senate seats had gone public, with a Hispanic group openly pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom to pick a Latino. The seat now held by Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's choice for vice president. A long list of possible contenders includes Rep. Karen Bass, who was on Biden’s vice presidential shortlist and heads the Congressional Black Caucus. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Latinos pressure California governor on US Senate appointee

Aug. 20, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Latino group openly pressured Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday to select a Hispanic replacement if U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris' seat becomes vacant, saying it was time for a historic pick that would reflect the growing influence of Latinos in the nation's most populous state. The letter to...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The potential ascendancy of Sen. Kamala Harris to the vice presidency next year has kicked off widespread speculation about who might replace her if Democrats seize the White House. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is already being lobbied by hopefuls and numerous names are emerging in the early speculation. Bass, who was on Joe Biden's vice presidential short list, would likely get consideration. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Talk of Harris successor sets off California guessing game

Aug. 13, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The possible election of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as vice president has set off a fierce competition in California to replace her, with contenders already pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime appointment. Joe Biden tapped Harris this week to join him on the...

FILE - In this  July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

Jul. 28, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial federal unemployment enhancement would need to be...